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David Bowie / The Man Who Fell To Earth: 2CD+2LP deluxe box set

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SDE reported just last week about the restored deluxe blu-ray version of Nicholas Roeg’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth which of course starred David Bowie. Well, the really big news is that Universal Music will release for the first time ever, the original movie soundtrack, and it will also be available as a deluxe box set.

The soundtrack has always been highly celebrated and long sought after by fans but until now unavailable as a body of work. The music is primarly a combination of pieces by Stomu Yamashta and John Phillips, who composed specifically for the film.

Why it was never really issued is not really know, but lost tapes have apparently recently being uncovered and the original recordings have been remastered for individual two-CD and 2LP releases.

The deluxe box set version contains both formats (four discs), a poster (unlike the blu-ray box, this is the original poster design) and a 48 page hardback book with rare photos and a new essay about the film from Paolo Hewitt. The book also contains notes from the movie’s editor Graeme Clifford, who fascinatingly reveals that he used Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon as a temp soundtrack whilst working on the film.

On my original cut, I scored the entire movie to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. I think I used every single track on the album. The whole movie was Pink Floyd except for the one piece at the end, and it worked beautifully. The movie was made for that score! I don’t know if there was any serious attempt to get Dark Side Of The Moon cleared for our project but obviously, that never happened”

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David Bowie and Candy Clark in The Man Who Fell To Earth

Although most of Yamashta’s contributions subsequently ended up on his own albums, the majority of John Phillips (of the Mamas and Papas fame) music for the film has been unavailable for 40 years.

This original soundtrack recording for The Man Who Fell To Earth will be released as a two-CD set on 9 September, with the 2LP vinyl and box to follow on 18 November 2016.

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track_listing

CD1

  1. Stomu Yamashta                              Poker Dice 
  2. Louis Armstrong                              Blueberry Hill
  3. John Phillips                                     Jazz II 
  4. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra        Venus: The Bringer Of Peace
  5. John Phillips                                     Boys From The South
  6. Stomu Yamashta                              33 1/3
  7. John Phillips                                     Rhumba Boogie
  8. The Kingston Trio                              Try To Remember
  9. Stomu Yamashta                              Mandala
  10. John Phillips                                     America
  11. Stomu Yamashta                              Wind Words
  12. John Phillips                                     Jazz

CD2

  1. Stomu Yamashta                              One Way
  2. John Phillips                                     Space Capsule
  3. John Phillips                                    Bluegrass Breakdown
  4. John Phillips                                     Desert Shack
  5. Stomu Yamashta                             Memory Of Hiroshima
  6. John Phillips                                     Window
  7. John Phillips                                     Alberto
  8. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra        Mars: The Bringer Of War
  9. John Phillips                                     Liar, Liar
  10. John Phillips                                     Hello Mary Lou
  11. Robert Farnon                              Silent Night
  12. Genevieve Waite                              Love Is Coming Back
  13. John Phillips                                     The Man Who Fell To Earth

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