David Bowie is to release a 40th anniversary limited edition 7" of his 1972 single, "John, I'm Only Dancing". 'John, I'm Only Dancing' was originally released on Friday, September 1, 1972 on RCA as the follow-up single to "Starman", it reached number 12 on the UK singles charts, although it never appeared on one of Bowie's studio albums. Recorded too late for inclusion on the Ziggy Stardust album, it was considered for the following year's Aladdin Sane, but never made it on to the final running order.

David Bowie is to release a 40th anniversary limited edition 7″ of his 1972 single, “John, I’m Only Dancing”.

‘John, I’m Only Dancing’ was originally released on Friday, September 1, 1972 on RCA as the follow-up single to “Starman”, it reached number 12 on the UK singles charts, although it never appeared on one of Bowie’s studio albums. Recorded too late for inclusion on the Ziggy Stardust album, it was considered for the following year’s Aladdin Sane, but never made it on to the final running order.

There were two recordings of the original version, one produced by David and Ken Scott at Trident Studios on June 24th and a later, note-for-note production, by Bowie alone at Olympic Studios on June 26th, 1972. The new version, a punchier take, recorded in January 1973, featured tighter guitar and sax played by Keith Fordham (often referred to by fans as the ‘sax version’), is on the AA-side of this anniversary 7″.

It replaced the original single version in April 1973, confusingly carrying the same catalogue number and B-side as the original single.

The re-issue will be in shops on September 3.


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