For the most part I haven’t really kept up with the last ten years of David Bowie’s recording career (the last ‘new’ album I picked up was 1995’s Outside a decade ago), so last month when Blake Hazard, from The Submarines, guest DJ’d a set on the Aquarium Drunkard show, I was intrigued by this nugget off Bowie’s 2002 Heathen album as I could have sworn I had heard it before. It turns out the track, “Conversation Piece,” is only available via a limited edition four song disc that came with special editions of the album (note: a quick check at Amoeba’s used section located quite a few copies.)
Upon further investigation there is a reason “Conversation Piece” sounded so familiar that day. Turns out It was first released in 1970 as a b-side, and then later tacked onto the Space Oddity reissue, which I assume is how I originally heard it. The version below, off Heathen, was apparently re-recorded in 2000 for an album Bowie has yet to release entitled Toy. I hope you enjoy this track as much as I have the past week.
MP3: David Bowie :: Conversation Piece
Amazon: David Bowie – Heathen