Posthumous music releases have proven to answer both business needs and people’s desire to either reconnect with their favorite musicians on a new level, or connect with legends they’ve missed in the first place. It’s no surprise then that in 2020, not one but two posthumous David Bowie albums will grace the music scene.
The record label behind the good news is Parlophone Records. The two releases mostly feature rare and previously unreleased songs. The first one, called Is it any Wonder?, is a streaming-only EP, featuring 6 songs, the first of which is an acoustic version of “The Man Who Sold the World,” that actually came out on January 8, the day on which Bowie would have turned 73 and the iconic song turned 50. The other 5 tracks from the EP will come out on a weekly basis, starting on January 17.
The second release, called ChangesNowBowie, will come out on April 18 (Record Store Day), as an LP and CD. It will feature 9 songs, the first one of which will again be “The Man Who Sold the Word.” This is because it happens to be the first song from the 1996 live session/rehearsal for Bowie’s 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden on January 8, 1997. The other 8 tracks are mostly acoustic, and are as follows: