leejohnson's current selection is:
Round and Round
by David Bowie



Audio producer and engineer Bobby Owsinski has often been involved in the re-mastering process and conversion to DVD 5.1 surround sound for various albums by many artists, such as Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, 'The Who', Willie Nelson, 'Iron Maiden', 'The Ramones' and 'Chicago'. In his "The Big Picture Music Production Blog", he features an extract from Ken Scott's biography "Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust" (co-written by him with Scott, as it happens) - it contains the following priceless information:


There were a lot of tracks recorded for "Ziggy" that didn't make the album - "Velvet Goldmine", "Bombers", "Holy Holy" and Jacque Brel's "Port of Amsterdam". If I remember correctly, for "Velvet Goldmine" we put a lot of work into it and so it was fairly finished; "Bombers" was only somewhat finished; "Port of Amsterdam" was David with just an acoustic guitar; and "Holy Holy" was only a basic track, and I don't think we even got a good one. Originally, one of the tracks intended for "Ziggy" was "Round and Round", the old Chuck Berry 'rock and roll' classic [as "Around and Around"]. Now that one had the least number of overdubs of all the songs that weren't strictly acoustic, and was completely finished. It was actually supposed to be on the album until 'RCA' decided they needed a single ["Starman"], and that was the track that got kicked.


So near, yet so far for that number, I'm afraid. But I personally don't think it was the wrong choice either, as it was the "Starman" song which drew so many of us impressionable youngsters into the "Spiders" web David was weaving, both through radio and record listens, and because of the oft-mentioned iconic 'BBC' "Top of the Pops" appearance he made in arm-draping splendour alongside Mick Ronson and the boys. Today's selection did, however, get a release as the B-side of the single "Drive-In Saturday" in April 1973.
1973 - RCA Victor - United Kingdom - A cover of Chuck Berry's "Around and Around", originally recorded for inclusion on the album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" but left out in favour of "Starman".
Posted: 7th February 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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