BOWIE SONGS ONE – a new CD album, with some magical new interpretations of songs by David Bowie, with piano by Clifford Slapper and vocals from some of the most stunning voices around.
1) Stay (from Station To Station, 1976) Vocals: Marcella Puppini
2) Drive-In Saturday (from Aladdin Sane, 1973) Vocals: Ian Shaw
3) Letter To Hermione (from David Bowie/Space Oddity, 1969) Vocals: Lida Hergarten
4) Oh! You Pretty Things (from Hunky Dory, 1971) Vocals: Katherine Ellis
5) Always Crashing In The Same Car (from Low, 1977) Vocals: Ray Burmiston
6) After All (from The Man Who Sold The World, 1970) Vocals: Billie Ray Martin
7) Sweet Thing (from Diamond Dogs, 1974) Vocals: David McAlmont
8) Can You Hear Me (from Young Americans, 1975) Vocals: Funmilayo
9) Slip Away (from Heathen, 2002) Vocals: Des De Moor
10) Time (from Aladdin Sane, 1973) Vocals: Linda Hergarten
Piano on all tracks: Clifford Slapper
All of these great singers have got to the emotional heart of each song, in the most moving way. We have been working on this for over a year. Several of the songs were already recorded before we were hit by the shocking news of David Bowie’s passing in January of last year. It was always a labour of love from a life-long fan and fellow enthusiasts, but it is now also an homage to a lost hero. Unlike other albums of Bowie songs this is pure, unplugged, acoustic and very powerful.
Clifford Slapper is a pianist and producer, who has worked with David Bowie, Boy George, Marc Almond, Holly Johnson, Jarvis Cocker, Lisa Stansfield, Stereo MCs, Alabama 3, Suggs, Angie Brown, Gary Kemp and many others. Always inspired throughout his career by the work of David Bowie, Slapper worked closely with Bowie as pianist (see picture below) on his last ever television appearance (Extras with Ricky Gervais), in 2006. Since early in 2015 he has been working on producing an album of acoustic covers of Bowie songs arranged by him purely for voice and piano. These unplugged interpretations get to the heart of Bowie’s masterpiece songs through stripping them down and laying bare the emotion in them, like modern torch songs. On the album he accompanies on piano about ten varied but stunning singers, each reinterpreting a different Bowie song.
Amongst the vocalists are eg DAVID MCALMONT (of McAlmont & Butler) singing “Sweet Thing”, BILLIE RAY MARTIN (Electribe 101, “You Loving Arms”, The Opiates) singing “After All” and MARCELLA PUPPINI (The Puppini Sisters, Marcella & The Forget Me Nots) singing “Stay”.
MIKE GARSON on “Bowie Songs One”:
“Clifford Slapper has been playing David Bowie music for many years in England. He has accompanied many singers doing David Bowie music. His love for his music is very obvious. His new CD, with many excellent singers each singing one of David’s songs, is very potent. Cliff plays very well, and it is a heartfelt recording.”
Mike Garson, pianist on 20 David Bowie albums & 9 world tours, 1972 to 2006
Harry Maslin, producer of David Bowie’s Station To Station album (including original recording of “Stay”) & producer of David Bowie’s #1 USA hit “Fame”, says: “Clifford Slapper, a stellar pianist and long time contributor to the perpetuation of the music of David Bowie, has created an album of Bowie music that is meant to focus the listener primarily on the lyric or poetry of the original songs, to give the Bowie fan a new vision of some of his masterpieces. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Clifford and his friends, and I am pleased to have added his CD to my personal collection.”