David Bowie's archive share new "Starman" Top Of The Pops mix
David Bowie's archive celebrates Ziggy Stardust 50th anniversary with new mix of "Starman."
To mark today's 50th anniversary of the iconic The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Bowie's archive shared a newly mixed version of "Starman" which was captured on Top Of The Pops in 1972 along with added vocals.
As the story goes, due to 1972's union laws in the UK, artists had to furnish Top Of The Pops a re-recorded version of their song that they would be performing for the program. Some artists - which was the case with Bowie - would sing live over the top of the song making their TOTP appearance more of a true performance than a lip synching affair.
The newly mixed version of "Starman" that premiered today was mixed by Ken Scott. Scott took the backing track and backing vocals recorded for Top Of The Pops on June 29th, 1972 then added Bowie's vocals from the album version of "Starman," which were recorded for Ziggy Stardust in February of 1972.
Stream "Starman (Top Of The Pops Version 2022 Mix) below.
Meanwhile tomorrow Bowie's archive will release two 50th anniversary editions of Ziggy Stardust; a picture disc and half-speed remaster. Head here to learn more about the anniversary editions.