Listen To The Previously Unreleased 1997 Version Of David Bowie’s “Stay”

Listen To The Previously Unreleased 1997 Version Of David Bowie’s “Stay”

Posted 24 Jan 2020
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David Bowie in concert, 1997. Photo by Chip HIRES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

Every Friday for the past three weeks has come with a new instalment from the David Bowie streaming EP called Is It Any Wonder?a collection of six rare and previously unreleased tracks arriving weekly. Today’s addition is a 1997 re-recording of “Stay”, a song that originally appeared of Bowie’s 1976 Station To Station album and was released as a single the same year.

This previously unreleased 1997 re-recording, “Stay ‘97” began at The Factory in the Dublin Docklands during the pre-Earthling tour rehearsals when David, Mark Plati and Reeves Gabrels were preparing the backing/sequencer tracks. David wanted to ‘update' some of his live show staples so they would sit well sonically with the Outside/Earthling material. 

The recording was completed later, with Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mike Garson on piano/keyboards, Mark Plati on programming/keyboards, Zachary Alford on drums and Reeves Gabrels on guitar/synths, and mixed at Right Track Recording Studios, New York in May/June 1997.

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“Stay ‘97” is available on streaming now, along with the previous two instalments from the Is It Any Wonder? collection – “The Man Who Sold The World (ChangesNowChanges version)” and “I Can’t Read ‘97”

Listen to Stay ‘97 on Spotify: 

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