Even though I’d consider myself a pretty serious David Bowie fan, I had only the vaguest notion of a lost album he recorded in the midst his coke-and-alcohol phase in the middle 70s. Known as The Gouster, it was 40 minutes of soulful, funky R&B that eventually morphed into the Young Americans album. The record will now be officially released in full as part of a 12 box set entitled Five Years: 1969-1974 due…well, we’re not sure. But it’s coming.
Here’s what producer and collaborator Tony Visconti posted on the Bowie Facebook page:
SAY HELLO TO THE GOUSTER
“Can I be real?”
The follow up to Parlophone’s award-winning box set, David Bowie – Five Years (1969 – 1973), will be David Bowie – Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976). (More of which, next week)
Exclusive to the set is The Gouster, which is previously unreleased as a complete album. Featured on the sleeve for this box set version, is a previously unpublished picture from the original photo session for the album.
Here’s how The Gouster’s tracklisting looked before it morphed into Young Americans.
1. John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)
2. Somebody Up There Likes Me
3. It’s Gonna Be Me
1. Who Can I Be Now?
2. Can You Hear Me
3. Young Americans
BTW, “gouster” refers to a form of dress favourite by African-American teens in Chicago in the 60s.