Coinciding with the release of his new live album (on 26th April “Birthday Celebration-Live in NYC 1997”, a recording of the concert commemorating his 40th birthday), and like he did a year and a half ago with the 40th anniversary of “Space Oddity”, David Bowie has decided to recover his “Golden Years”, the single released in 1975, to turn it into an iPhone app. The gadget will allow the user to do their thing with the track, conveniently re-mastered, in order to make their own remixes. The 16 tracks of the original song have been converted to eight files (lead vocals, 12-string guitar, bass, drums, guitar, harmony, percussion and background vocals) the user can mix as they see fit. The app will be on sale on 6th June.
It’s not the only initiative started to pay tribute to “Golden Years”. In the wake of the app, EMI has invited four deejays (Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, Eric J Lawrence and Chris Douridas) from LA radio station KRCW to make their own “remixes” of the track. The result (listen here) will be released in the near future on 12” and digital format.
David Bowie - Golden Years