David Bowie’s third album The Man Who Sold The World will be remixed and reissued for its 50th anniversary this fall.
The album will be re-released November 6 – two days after its exact anniversary – with a new mix of nearly the entire album by original producer Tony Visconti, available on CD, LP and high-resolution digital formats. (The sole exception: Side 1 closer “After All,” which Visconti felt he could not improve on.)
This release will feature a new version of the album’s original American sleeve, featuring not only the original Pop Art-inspired sleeve by Mike Weller (issued after Mercury’s U.S. branch declined to use a photo featuring Bowie reclining in a Michael Fish-designed dress) but the album’s intended title: Metrobolist. Bowie conceived the name as a play on Metropolis, and the original master tape box still bears that name. (The packaging will also feature outtakes from the “dress” shoot as well.)
I'll be curious to hear how Visconti "improves" it - I always thought it was pretty perfect before...