British auctioneer Wessex Auction Rooms is planning bids of up to Â£ 12,000 for the upcoming sale of a vinyl record containing a rare recording by David Bowie from 1965 – during his time as head of Davy Jones and the Lower Third – at an auction on Thursday. (through Variety)
Written by John Dee and Jack Tarr and directed by producer Shel Talmy, a 60s hitmaker, the 56-year-old recording “I Want You Love” is Bowie’s debut demo, ultimately recorded and released by Pretty Things on their second album of 1965. Get the picture. In accordance with the pre-NFT era, the buyer will only receive the registration of the sale, not the registration or publication rights.
Wessex credits the archives of a veteran music publisher as the source of the mostly-forgotten song, with auctioneer Martin Hughes saying: tracks by great artists.
Two unreleased Bowie recordings have been auctioned off in Wessex in the past, including “I Do Believe I Love You” from 1966 and “Run Piper Run” from 1967. Last year, Talmy offered eight previously unreleased recordings of the quoting singer. negotiations with “several interested parties, including the Bowie Estate”, although he had not had much luck in finding them a home.
These pop-up sales seek to capitalize on the one music over which the Bowie estate does not already have control – primarily scattered singles and early album recordings from 1967 and before, which are held by Universal Music. But they rarely hold a candle to the vast catalog already available and still growing.
This year saw the release of David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001), a box set that includes remastered editions of Black Tie White Noise, The Buddha of Suburbia, Outside, Earth, and ‘hoursâ¦’ as well as the live album BBC Radio Theater, London, June 27, 2000 and the odds and ends collection Re: Call 5. Among these recordings also landed Toy, Bowie’s discarded 2000 record was discontinued when it left Virgin Records in 2001.
The coming weeks will see celebrations for what would have been Bowie’s 75th birthday on January 8 and the sixth anniversary of his death on January 10. One of the most notable, Rolling Live Studio’s A Bowie Celebration hosted by longtime Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson will bring together the singer’s family, friends and collaborators for a guest-packed event.
“It is an honor to be able to continue to share the music of David Bowie with the world,” Garson said in a statement. “I am delighted that everyone can experience this very special show that we have in store to celebrate what would have been David’s 75th birthday with the comrades he recorded and performed with, as well as a great group of guest artists with whom he has been such an influence for.