The 1967 demo tape is being auctioned with a starting price of £3,000
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Omega Auctions are currently listing a boxed reel of 1/4″ Ampex recording tape, containing four tracks recorded by David Bowie at Decca Studio 2 in West Hampstead, London circa 1967.
“Funny Smile”, “Did You Ever Have A Dream”, “Pussy Cat” and “Bunny Thing” were all demoed for potential inclusion on Bowie’s self-titled 1967 debut album. You can hear snippets of them all below. They find Bowie experimenting with a number of different voices and styles, including a what appears to be a quirky spoken word number about drug-smuggling rabbits:
“Did You Ever Have A Dream” is the only one of the four tracks to have been released before, on the 1981 compilation Another Face.
The auction takes place on May 21 at Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, full details here. The starting price for the tape is listed as £3,000 although it is expected to fetch in the region of £5,000 – £8,000.
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