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David Bowie – Loving The Alien (US Ltd. Edition 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 19th, 2016

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

A. Front

C. Gatefold

“Loving the Alien” is a track from the album Tonight by David Bowie. One of two tracks on the album written solely by Bowie, the song was released as a single in May 1985, nine months after the release of “Blue Jean” as a single, and eight months after the release of the album. The single performed well, reaching No. 19 in the UK. Although released as a single in the US “Loving The Alien” failed to chart.

As a demo track, the song was simply called “1”. Bowie said “‘Alien’ came about because of my feeling that so much history is wrong – as is being rediscovered all the time – and that we base so much on the wrong knowledge that we’ve gleaned.” He recorded the demo in Montreux, Switzerland. He would later comment that the production on the song undid the power of the lyric, saying he preferred the demo version.

Bowie performed the song on his 1987 Glass Spider Tour. On the Reality Tour in 2003 and 2004, he again performed this song, but this time a stripped down version with only Bowie on vocals and Gerry Leonard on guitar; in the film of the tour, Bowie remarked that this arrangement was perhaps “the way it should have always been done.”

SIDE A:
Loving The Alien (Extended Dance Mix) 7:26
Written-By – David Bowie

SIDE B:
Don’t Look Down (Extended Dance Mix) 4:50
Written-By – I. Pop*, J. Williamson*

Loving The Alien (Extended Dub Mix) 7:13
Written-By – David Bowie

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
Poster: Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: EMI America ‎– VG-7858-1/2
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Artwork [Album Artwork Concept] – Mick Haggerty
Artwork [Art Direction, Design] – Shoot That Tiger!
Engineer [Assistant] – Alex Haas
Music Consultant – Carlos Alomar
Photography By – Steve Rapport
Producer – David Bowie, Derek Bramble, Hugh Padgham, Hugh Padgham
Producer [Additional Production On Remix] – Steve Thompson
Remix – Steve Thompson And Michael Barbiero*

NOTES:
Includes full color poster
Album versions can be heard on “TONIGHT”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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38 Responses to “David Bowie – Loving The Alien (US Ltd. Edition 12″)”

  1. Erick Says:

    Really a good one… thanks for this track. (Paul consider “nerver let me down”)

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Erick 🙂

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  2. OMAR Says:

    This is my favorite Bowie single. Thanks Paul for the excellent job.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  3. CL Says:

    Thanks again Paul!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CL 🙂

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  4. ross Says:

    thanks so much!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ross 🙂

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  5. Cdman Says:

    Love this song!!!!
    Thank you so much my friend for this!!!
    👏👏👏👍👍👍

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are very welcome Cdman 🙂

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  6. Daniel Says:

    Another excellent Bowie single with excellent remixes. Thank you very much Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Daniel 🙂

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  7. Junior Says:

    Another spellbinding David Bowie post and is also one of my favourite singles.

    Thanks again Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  8. Ryan Clark Says:

    Great track! Thanks for all the Bowie posts, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ryan 🙂

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  9. reed Says:

    Bowie did say during the Reality tour that the 2003 version was “the way it should have always been done,” but at least he had Frampton on guitar when performing it for Glass Spider audiences!

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  10. BE.D12'' Says:

    Many thanks DJPAUL!

    Hope you will re-rip also “Blue Jean” And “Tonight”,
    and then I’ll be waiting for “This is not America”, “Absolute beginners”
    and the 12″ of all the singles from the “Never let me down” album (if you got it).

    Such an amazing Bowie-serie of 12″.

    You’re a Starman!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    aah thank you BE.D12”. Are you up for at least another week of it? 🙂

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  11. Jonathan Says:

    Thanks for this, Paul. It was the standout track on a disappointing album. So happy I got to hear him perform the stripped-down version live.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jonathan. I actually really enjoyed the album 🙂

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    Jonathan Reply:

    I did at the time, but I don’t think it’s aged well, largely due to the production.

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  12. Jeff Says:

    Hey Paul, I echo what BE.D12” says above: “You’re a Starman!!!” You’re really putting me into orbit Paul with these twelves. It shows so much love you have for David and the records he’s done. You make us all so happy with your generosity and phenomenal ripping skills Paul. I bask in the glory of your 12-inches DjPaulT. You’re our “Sonic Stud” and we love getting served up right in our ear-holes. Man, we’re all so lucky.

    Savoring the sweet sonics!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Well I hope that you guys are up for at least another week of Mr. Bowie. I think I will have posted all of my Bowie records by then 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    You absolutely ROCK Paul!!

    Hugs!!!

    Jeff

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  13. Kent H. Says:

    Thanks Paul! A great edition to my small David Bowie collection.
    Thanks again. 🙂 🙂

    Kent

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kent 🙂

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  14. Mike C. Says:

    Thanks. Visage did a nice cover of this on the last album.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Mike C. I will have to check that album out 🙂

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  15. Nikki Says:

    Thx, Paul! This one and “When the Wind blows” are surprise to me! I hope to see more great vinyls from this genius.

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  16. Teo Says:

    Thank you Paul. Keep the Bowie track coming. Just love it!

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  17. NKelly Says:

    Another week of Bowie? Oh ok if you insist! 🙂

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  18. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Really fabulous mixes on this 12″ , Alien sounds so timeless, so melancholic, so appropriate for this sad occasion!
    While mixing Don’t look down, obviously many joints were handed around xD!

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  19. ex15 Says:

    A truly magnificent track..

    Thanks Paul

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  20. Joey Says:

    Thank you Paul for the fantastic Bowie fest. His music lives on in the hearts of many as well as others who are just beginning down the road of discovering his rich music catalog.

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  21. Richard Says:

    Wow, it is so good to see this; such a rarity. I don’t know how well this song charted but it is one of my favorite Bowie tracks I always loved seeing the video on MTV. Thank you, this is a real treat!

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  22. Jason Says:

    Thank you very much Paul

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  23. SimonP Says:

    Great rip, Paul. I remember trying to do my UK copy some time ago and it had so much noise and so many snap, crackle and pops that I lifted the needle halfway through and gave up!

    🙂

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