David Bowie - The 'Mercury' Demos


The Mercury Demos features ten demo recordings from spring 1969, nine of which are previously unreleased.


1 single black vinyl LP packaged in a replica of the original tape box. It includes a print, two photo contact sheets, and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the EMIDISC acetate styling with the song titles in Bowie’s own handwriting.


The session was a basic recording of the ‘Bowie & Hutch’ duo’s set list at the time and was committed to tape at the request of Mercury Records A&R man Calvin Mark Lee who wanted the tracks to send them to his boss Bob Reno. Both Calvin and Bob are referenced during the 41-minute recording, and the demos were key in securing David his recording deal with Mercury Records.