It is the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s second album, The Man Who Sold the World. To celebrate this landmark, Parlophone have released a new remix of the album by Tony Visconti. David Bowie – Metrobolist was in fact the original title of the album till it was changed at the last minute to The Man Who Sold the World.
David Bowie – Metrobolist also sports a new album cover as well! Historically, The Man Who Sold the World has had several album cover designs at different points of its release history. Famously, there is the one of Bowie reclining in a dress, which was replaced with a photograph of Bowie on stage.
For this release of David Bowie – Metrobolist, the 50th anniversary artwork has been created by Mike Weller who was behind the originally intended album artwork which Mercury refused to release.
Apart from “After All” which Visconti deemed perfect as is, the rest of David Bowie – Metrobolist has been revitalised by this 2020 mix. The album marked the first contributions of guitarist Mick Ronson as musical director of the Bowie sound. Ronson would, of course, continue to do so until 1975’s Young Americans.
Thus, David Bowie – Metrobolist is now significant as Bowie’s own foray into progressive cum psychedelic rock territory.