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Loving the Alien (1983–1988)

Loving the Alien (1983–1988)
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Released12 October 2018
RecordedDecember 1982 – 30 August 1987
ProducerProducer varies from album to album
David Bowie chronology
Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)
Loving the Alien (1983–1988)
Glastonbury 2000
David Bowie retrospective box sets chronology
A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982)
Loving the Alien (1983–1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Record Collector4/5 stars[2]

Loving the Alien (1983–1988) is a box set by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released on 12 October 2018.[3][4] A follow-up to the compilations Five Years (1969–1973), Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976), and A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982), the set covers the period of Bowie's career from 1983 to 1988, his most commercially successful period, and includes eleven compact discs or fifteen LPs.

Exclusive to the box set are Never Let Me Down 2018, a re-engineered version of his 1987 album; Dance, an alternate 2018 version of a previously planned but scrapped 12" collection; and live albums from his Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider tours from 1983 and 1987, respectively. The Serious Moonlight live album is the first official audio release from the tour, using the same setlist and audio as the Serious Moonlight concert film (save for the addition of a live performance of "Modern Love", recorded in Montreal and originally released as the B-side to the song's studio recording), while the Glass Spider live album had been previously included with the 2007 DVD release of the Glass Spider concert film.

The set also includes Re:Call 4, a compilation of non-album singles, single versions, and B-sides from his albums and soundtrack releases for Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners and When the Wind Blows, all from 1986.

The box set also includes remastered editions of Let's Dance (1983), Tonight (1984) and Never Let Me Down (1987).

The set comes with a hardcover book with rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Denis O'Regan, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, Mario McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith.[5]

The remix compilation Dance was originally scheduled to be released by EMI in 1985. The concept of the album, however, was vastly different from the version that appears in this box set. 7 tracks from the era were to have new additional production and mixing by Paul Sabu and Rusty Garner. This idea was later scrapped, but the album cover had already been shot and some physical copies of the sleeve they had made began circulating outside of the label before they were destroyed in bulk. The version of Dance that appears in Loving the Alien (1983–1988) is simply a collection of the original 12" remixes from the era, sans most dub mixes. This release of Dance uses the same album art that was shot for the original concept in 1985.

Track listing

All the songs on each of the albums included are written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Let's Dance (2018 remaster)

Side 1
1."Modern Love" 4:48
2."China Girl"Bowie, Iggy Pop5:33
3."Let's Dance" 7:47
4."Without You" 3:09
Total length:21:17
Side 2
5."Ricochet" 5:13
6."Criminal World"Peter Godwin, Duncan Browne, Sean Lyons4:15
7."Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"Bowie, Giorgio Moroder5:09
8."Shake It" 3:52
Total length:18:39 (39:56)

Serious Moonlight (Live '83)

Side 1
1."Look Back in Anger"Bowie, Brian Eno3:07
2.""Heroes""Bowie, Eno5:09
3."What in the World" 3:44
4."Golden Years" 3:31
5."Fashion" 2:43
6."Let's Dance" 4:34
Total length:22:48
Side 2
7."Breaking Glass"Bowie, George Murray, Dennis Davis3:00
8."Life on Mars?" 4:07
9."Sorrow"Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer2:49
10."Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"Bowie, Moroder4:20
11."China Girl"Bowie, Pop5:27
12."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" 3:42
13."Rebel Rebel" 2:24
Total length:25:49
Side 3
14."White Light/White Heat"Lou Reed5:36
15."Station to Station" 8:58
16."Cracked Actor" 3:58
17."Ashes to Ashes" 3:51
Total length:22:23
Side 4
18."Space Oddity" (with band introduction) 6:32
19."Young Americans" 5:25
20."Fame"Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon5:36
21."Modern Love" 3:54
Total length:21:27 (92:27)

Tonight (2018 remaster)

Side 1
1."Loving the Alien" 7:12
2."Don't Look Down"Pop, James Williamson4:11
3."God Only Knows"Brian Wilson, Tony Asher3:09
4."Tonight"Bowie, Pop3:45
Total length:18:17
Side 2
5."Neighborhood Threat"Bowie, Pop, Ricky Gardiner3:12
6."Blue Jean" 3:11
7."Tumble and Twirl"Bowie, Pop4:58
8."I Keep Forgettin'"Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Gil Garfield2:35
9."Dancing with the Big Boys"Bowie, Pop, Alomar3:34
Total length:17:30 (35:47)

Never Let Me Down (2018 remaster)

Side 1
1."Day-In Day-Out" 5:39
2."Time Will Crawl" 4:20
3."Beat of your Drum" 5:06
4."Never Let Me Down"Bowie, Alomar4:05
5."Zeroes" 5:47
Total length:24:57
Side 2
6."Glass Spider" 5:34
7."Shining Star (Makin' My Love)" 5:06
8."New York's in Love" 4:34
9."'87 and Cry" 4:21
10."Bang Bang"Pop, Ivan Kral4:30
Total length:24:14 (49:11)

Never Let Me Down 2018

Side 1
1."Day-In Day-Out"5:26
2."Time Will Crawl"4:26
3."Beat of your Drum"5:27
Total length:15:19
Side 2
4."Never Let Me Down"Bowie, Alomar4:26
5."Zeroes" 5:06
6."Glass Spider" 6:53
Total length:16:25
Side 3
7."Shining Star (Makin' My Love)" (featuring Laurie Anderson) 5:32
8."New York's in Love" 4:33
9."'87 and Cry" 4:25
10."Bang Bang"Pop, Kral4:42
Total length:19:12 (50:56)

Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87)

Side 1
1."Up the Hill Backwards" 3:51
2."Glass Spider" 5:55
3."Day-In Day-Out" 4:34
4."Bang Bang"Pop, Kral4:02
Total length:18:22
Side 2
5."Absolute Beginners" 7:08
6."Loving the Alien" 7:14
7."China Girl"Bowie, Pop4:55
8."Rebel Rebel" 3:30
Total length:22:47
Side 3
9."Fashion" 5:04
10."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" 4:52
11."All the Madmen" 6:39
12."Never Let Me Down"Bowie, Alomar3:56
Total length:20:36
Side 4
13."Big Brother" 4:47
14."'87 and Cry" 4:07
15.""Heroes""Bowie, Eno5:10
16."Sons of the Silent Age" 3:10
17."Time Will Crawl" (with band introduction) 5:23
Total length:22:37
Side 5
18."Young Americans"5:06
19."Beat of Your Drum"4:37
20."The Jean Genie"5:23
21."Let's Dance"5:01
Total length:20:07
Side 6
22."Fame"Bowie, Alomar, Lennon7:05
23."Time" 5:11
24."Blue Jean" 3:26
25."Modern Love" 4:53
Total length:20:35 (125:04)


Side 1
1."Shake It" (Re-mix aka Long Version) 5:21
2."Blue Jean" (Extended Dance Mix) 5:20
3."Dancing with the Big Boys" (Extended Dance Mix)Bowie, Pop, Alomar7:31
Total length:18:12
Side 2
4."Tonight" (Vocal Dance Mix)Bowie, Pop4:31
5."Don't Look Down" (Extended Dance Mix)Pop, Williamson4:55
6."Loving the Alien" (Extended Dub Mix) 7:15
Total length:17:17
Side 3
7."Tumble and Twirl" (Extended Dance Mix)Bowie, Pop5:05
8."Underground" (Extended Dance Mix) 7:54
9."Day-In Day-Out" (Groucho Mix) 6:28
Total length:19:27
Side 4
10."Time Will Crawl" (Dance Crew Mix) 5:34
11."Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)" (12” mix) 6:27
12."Never Let Me Down" (Dub/Acapella)Bowie, Alomar6:02
Total length:18:03 (72:59)

Re:Call 4 (remastered tracks)

Side 1
1."Let's Dance" (single version) 4:09
2."China Girl" (single version)Bowie, Pop4:17
3."Modern Love" (single version) 3:59
4."This Is Not America" (The theme from The Falcon and the Snowman) (David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group)Bowie, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays3:51
5."Loving the Alien" (re-mixed version) 4:43
Total length:20:59
Side 2
6."Don't Look Down" (re-mixed version)Pop, Williamson4:06
7."Dancing in the Street" (Clearmountain mix) (David Bowie and Mick Jagger)Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter3:11
8."Absolute Beginners" (from Absolute Beginners) 8:04
9."That's Motivation" (from Absolute Beginners) 4:19
10."Volare" (from Absolute Beginners)Domenico Modugno, Franco Migliacci3:15
Total length:22:55
Side 3
11."Labyrinth Opening Titles/Underground" (from Labyrinth)Trevor Jones, Bowie3:21
12."Magic Dance" (from Labyrinth) 4:12
13."As the World Falls Down" (from Labyrinth) 4:50
14."Within You" (from Labyrinth) 3:29
15."Underground" (from Labyrinth) 5:57
Total length:21:49
Side 4
16."When the Wind Blows" (single version) (from When the Wind Blows)Bowie, Erdal Kızılçay3:35
17."Day-In Day-Out" (single version) 4:14
18."Julie" 3:34
19."Beat of Your Drum" (vinyl album edit) 4:32
20."Glass Spider" (vinyl album edit) 4:56
Total length:20:51
Side 5
21."Shining Star (Makin' My Love)" (vinyl album edit) 4:05
22."New York's in Love" (vinyl album edit) 3:55
23."'87 and Cry" (vinyl album edit) 3:53
24."Bang Bang" (vinyl album edit)Pop, Kral4:03
25."Time Will Crawl" (single version) 4:03
Total length:19:59
Side 6
26."Girls" (extended edit)Bowie, Kızılçay5:34
27."Never Let Me Down" (7” remix edit)Bowie, Alomar3:59
28."Bang Bang" (live - promotional mix)Pop, Kral4:07
29."Tonight" (live) (Tina Turner with David Bowie)Bowie, Pop4:19
30."Let's Dance" (live) (Tina Turner with David Bowie) 3:25
Total length:21:24 (127:57)


Chart (2018) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 18


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