By Amanda Wicks
Before David Bowie left for New York in 1974 to work with John Lennon and Harry Maslin on the album that would become Young Americans, he recorded another album, The Gouster. While many of the songs on that project ended up forming the frame for Young Americans, The Gouster was never officially released as an album.
Now, for the first time, fans can listen to The Gouster as part of the second major box set of Bowie’s work to arrive from Parlophone Records. Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) spans Bowie’s hyper creativity during his “American” phase and includes 12 CDs (or 13 vinyl records). The Gouster album alone contains three previously unreleased mixes including “Right,” “Can You Hear Me” and “Somebody Up Likes Me.”
Besides The Gouster, the box set includes the studio albums Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Station to Station, as well as the live albums David Live and Live Nassau Coliseum 76, and a new compilation titled Re:Call 2 featuring B-sides and singles. Tony Visconti oversaw the mastering for this latest release.
The box set also comes with a 128-page book (84-page book in the vinyl set) that features a combination of previously unpublished and rarely seen photos from Bowie’s incredibly creative spree.
Listen to The Gouster below, starting with track 50, “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again).”