David Bowie - Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth) [Record Store Day]


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  • Available April 20th, 2024 for Record Store Day!

Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth) is taken from the Trident Studios 1/4” stereo tapes dated December 15, 1971, created for the provisional tracklisting for what would become The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars album. The tracklisting for Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth) runs differently from the Ziggy Stardust album and features four songs that didn’t make the final album.  

On Side A, in the place of ”Starman”, one of the last three tracks recorded for the album in February 1972, is ”Round And Round,” a Chuck Berry cover. The track was finally released on a single as the B-side to "Drive-In Sunday” on April 6, 1973. Initially, the closing of Side A of the album was Bowie’s version of Jacques Brel’s ”Amsterdam”, which would later appear as the B-side of ”Sorrow” on October 12, 1973. 

Side B of the December 15, 1971 track-listing features two long-time non-LP fan favorites, ”Holy Holy” and ”Velvet Goldmine". The former is a re-recording with The Spiders off of Bowie’s 1971 single. Again, this version of the track had to wait several years before surfacing as the B-side of “Diamond Dogs” on June 14, 1974. “Velvet Goldmine” is considered by many to be a lost Ziggy era classic.

Exclusive heavyweight vinyl produced by Rhino Records in celebration of Record Store Day 2024.


  1. Five Years
  2. Soul Love
  3. Moonage Daydream
  4. Round And Round
  5. Amsterdam
  6. Hang On To Yourself
  7. Ziggy Stardust
  8. Velvet Goldmine
  9. Holy Holy
  10. Star
  11. Lady Stardust
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