David Bowie would have turned 71 years old today (January 8). And while it will be two years this Wednesday since the rock and roll icon passed away, Bowie is still delivering the goods and providing new listens to his classic material. This week, with a mighty assist from Parlophone Records, an unreleased 1982 demo of “Let’s Dance,” recorded at Bowie’s home in Switzerland, featuring Nile Rodgers and recently mixed for the first time at Rodgers’ Le Crib Studios in Connecticut, has surfaced as a digital single. “I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career but my creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very, very, very high on the list of my most important and rewarding collaborations,” Rodgers says via davisbowie.com. “This demo gives you, the fans, a bird’s eye view of the very start of it! I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, ‘Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!’… The time we spent mixing it just before Christmas was full of tears as it felt like David was in the room with us. Happy Birthday David, I love you and we all miss you!” Those who listen all the way through are rewarded at the end by Bowie himself declaring “That’s it, that’s it! Got it, got it!” Featured image via “Let’s Dance” video screengrab.
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— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 8, 2018