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David Bowie – Never Let Me Down (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 28th, 2016

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

A. Front

“Never Let Me Down” is the title track on David Bowie’s album Never Let Me Down. It was issued as the third single from the album in August 1987, and would be Bowie’s last solo single until 1992’s “Real Cool World”, barring a remix of “Fame” (1990). The least successful single from the album, it failed to enter the top 10 singles chart in any country in the world (its highest placement was number 15 on the US rock chart), and it was Bowie’s last single to chart in the top 40 of the US Billboard Top 100 charts until his 2015 single “Lazarus”.

Bowie performed the song on BBC’s Top of the Pops on 16 September 1987, and it was aired on the first broadcast of the American version of the show.

Bowie described the song as a “pivotal” track for himself, calling it the most personal song he had written for an album to that point in his career. The song is about Bowie’s long-time personal assistant, Coco Schwab. Bowie described their relationship, saying:

It’s platonic. But there is a romance in it, I guess, inasmuch as it’s hard for two people to feel totally at ease in each other’s company for that period of time and not expect too much from each other. Always being prepared to be there if the other one needs someone, you know? There’s not many people you find in life that you can do that with, or feel that way with.

Bowie had started with his own chord structure for the song but wasn’t happy with it, calling it “ponderous and funereal.” Long-time collaborator and co-song writer Carlos Alomar reworked the chords for the song into the final version, which was recorded in one day during the last week of mixing the album at New York’s Power Station studios in early 1987.

The record sleeve and labels show the “Dub” and “Acapella” as two seperate tracks. They are actually one continuous song.

SIDE A:
Never Let Me Down (Extended Dance Remix) 7:02
Never Let Me Down (7″ Remix Edit) 3:57

SIDE B:
Never Let Me Down (Dub/Acapella) 5:59
Never Let Me Down (Instrumental) 4:02
’87 And Cry (Single Version) 4:20

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1987 Never Let Me Down U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #27
1987 Never Let Me Down U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #15
1987 Never Let Me Down U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #17

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: EMI America ‎– V-19255
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock

CREDITS:
Alto Saxophone – David Eiland
Design – Mick Haggerty
Engineer – Steve Hodge (tracks: A1 to B4)
Keyboards [Additional] – Steve Hodge
Lyrics By – David Bowie
Music By – Carlos Alomar (tracks: A1 to B4), David Bowie
Photography By – Greg Gorman
Producer – David Bowie, David Richards
Synthesizer [Additional] – Spencer Bernard

NOTES:
Album versions can be heard on the LP, “Never Let Me Down”

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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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30 Responses to “David Bowie – Never Let Me Down (US 12″)”

  1. Daniel Says:

    Thank you Paul for this great post. After a hard working day it’s such a great pleasure to open BTG and discover a new wonderful rip. My day is saved thanks to you.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re most welcome Daniel. Relax and enjoy the music 🙂

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  2. NKelly Says:

    Awesome post and a plethea of tracks for us to digest! Many thanks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy! Neil 🙂

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  3. Jeff Says:

    Man, it feels like a Friday Paul!! I love this song and I’m so happy that you’ve included it in your Bowie tribute of posts. This puts me in such a great mood. Thanks upon thanks upon more thanks aimed at you and your beauteous work. It’s time to marvel at the phenomenal-ness that is you!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff you so very sweet. Hugs 🙂

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  4. Junior Says:

    Thanks again Paul for these Bowie treats 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior :0

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  5. Stefano Says:

    I always liked this track and the remixes. Such a shame it didn’t become a big hit for Bowie back then. Thanks Paul. Excellent Bowie series. Very much appreciated.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Stefano 🙂

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  6. ex15 Says:

    For me the album “Never Let Me Down” was disappointing, I never bought it, although I have a digital copy, I considered (at the time) to be rather too pop like and bland, lacking any creativity.

    Today I can listen to it, it doesn’t quite seem so bad! The title track is very reminiscent of his Yong American days.

    Thanks as always for the rip PAul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  7. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul. Time Will Crawl was his best single from the 1987 era.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  8. wolfie Says:

    I feel faint! Its all too much! I think I need the kiss of life Paul! SAVE MEEEEEEE! 🙂

    Thank you for another awesome rip xxx

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sure thing Wolfie lol 🙂

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  9. Erick Says:

    Thanks Paul for this great single , i was waiting for this wonderful work.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Erick 🙂

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  10. Kent H. Says:

    Thanks Paul! Great tracks, haven’t heard this in years. You’ve made my day, THANKS! 🙂 🙂

    Kent

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  11. Louie Says:

    THANKS for all these Bowie rips!

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  12. Chris Says:

    Thank you, Paul, for this.

    One of my all-time favorite Bowie songs.

    And the big 80’s drums make this remix excellent.

    Cheers!

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  13. tmthydunne Says:

    Can NOT thank you enough for all these amazing Bowie posts/rips. They really help the heart.

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  14. Davos Via 45 Says:

    It’s incredible how hugely underrated this fabulous song is.
    Really superb 80s sounding mixes!
    Another treasure found @ BTG.

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  15. Dirk Says:

    I wonder who was Bowie french-tutor. Anyone? 😉

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  16. CL Says:

    Thanks!!
    🙂

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  17. Jeff Says:

    Paul, I had to drop you one more comment on this track. When I was listening to the dub/acapella track, I had chills and tears in my eyes. This is such a gorgeous sounding mixe. Listening to Bowie’s vocals, it got me all choked up. His voice had so much emotion and was heart-breaking. Thanks so much for — ONCE AGAIN — touching my heart and soul with such an exquisite rip Paul.

    Much love,

    Jeff

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  18. Cdman Says:

    another great week! I think David has the honor he deserves!!!! Thank so much Paul!
    👍👍👍

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  19. Jason Says:

    Thank you very much Paul.

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  20. Randy M Says:

    Paul,

    Never Let Me Down was one of the better songs on the album. The real surprise for me is I don’t remember ’87 & Cry sounding this good… or is it you working your magic on the original vinyl? Maybe you should rework the whole album. I’ve read that Bowie wanted to go back and remix the album.

    R

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  21. PhotoHop Says:

    I hope it was was much fun for you hearing these great Bowie singles as it is for me to hear you’re always awesome work! Thanks so much for the work, and for sharing!

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