Just announced in commemoration of what would have been David Bowie's 72nd birthday yesterday (January 8th) and 50 years since his 1969 debut hit, “Space Oddity,” a vinyl singles box set, titled, Spying Through A Keyholes (Demos And Unreleased Songs), featuring nine unheard demos and early takes from Bowie's late-'60s sessions will be released later this year. DavidBowie.com posted: “'Spying Through A Keyhole', is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song: 'Love All Around,' and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year (when they were briefly made available on streaming services). Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.” As it stands now, the collection will only be released on vinyl, “but the recordings may appear in the future on other formats.” No hard street date has been announced.
The announcement went on to say, “Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn’t always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David’s enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.”
David Bowie explained that part of his process as an artist was to explore some of the darker corners of the human condition: “Thematically, I've always dealt with isolation, so it's something that triggers me off a bit, 'always makes me interested in a project if it has anything to do with alienation or isolation. I can quietly imagine how it must feel to be isolated, so I have often put myself in circumstances and positions where I am isolated, just so I can write about it.” marks the third anniversary of David Bowie's death from cancer — just two days after his 69th birthday.