Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World) 50th Anniversary Edition

 
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David Bowie
Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World) 50th Anniversary Edition

[ PLGUK / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 6 November 2020

November 2020 sees the 50th Anniversary of the release of David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World in North America. The rest of the world had to wait until April 1971 to witness Bowie's landmark entry into the 1970s, marking the beginning of a collaboration with guitarist Mick Ronson that would last through classic works including Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane - as well as the first in a 10-year series of indispensable albums stretching through 1980's Scary Monsters.

Originally titled Metrobolist, the album's name was changed at the last minute to The Man Who Sold The World - the original stereo master tapes were in fact labeled Metrobolist, with the title ultimately crossed out. The 2020 re-release of the album under its Metrobolist moniker has been remixed by original producer Tony Visconti, with the exception of the track 'After All' which Tony considered perfect as is, and is featured in its 2015 remaster incarnation.

The Metrobolist 50th anniversary artwork has been created by Mike Weller who was behind the historically controversial "dress" cover which Mercury Records refused to release (the first U.S. version utilised some of the original Metrobolist design elements). The gatefold sleeve also features many images from the infamous Keith MacMillan Mr Fish 'dress' shoot at Haddon Hall that ultimately produced the cover of the The Man Who Sold The World album in the world outside the U.S. in spring of 1971.

Tracks:

1. The Width of a Circle
2. All the Madmen
3. Black Country Rock
4. After All
5. Running Gun Blues
6. Saviour Machine
7. She Shook Me Cold
8. The Man Who Sold the World
9.The Supermen