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LISTEN: David Bowie’s Previously Unreleased 1982 “Lets Dance” Demo Shared With The Public

Two year ago today on January 10, 2016 legendary music superstar David Bowie passed away from cancer.

This week Nile Rodgers and Parlophone have released a never before heard demo of his 1983 hit “Let’s Dance.”

Recorded in Montreux, Switzerland in 1982 by a makeshift band including Rodgers, Turkish-born guitarist Erdal Kizilcay, and an unidentified local guitarist and drummer, the track has been mixed and mastered for the first time.

 Speaking of those early Let’s Dance sessions, Rodgers says:

I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career but my creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very very very high on the list of my most important and rewarding collaborations. This demo gives you, the fans, a bird’s eye view of the very start of it! I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, “Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!”

This recording was the first indication of what we could do together as I took his “folk song” and arranged it into something that the entire world would soon be dancing to and seemingly has not stopped dancing to for the last 35 years! It became the blue print not only for Let’s Dance the song but for the entire album as well.

If you played 2nd guitar or drums let us know who you are! The time we spent mixing it just before Christmas was full of tears as it felt like David was in the room with us. 

 

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Will Kohler

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