How likely is it to discover two musical gems within a couple of weeks of each other? This time it’s in the shape of a previously unreleased David Bowie demo that has surfaced online. The track is entitled “To Be Love”.
The recording apparently dates back to 1970 and was made with sound engineer Ron de Strulle, in Los Angeles at the Roxbury Road Studios, during David Bowie’s very first trip to the US. De Strulle has shared the demo via the MindBodyNetwork website.
De Strulle told The Huffington Post: “My first impression of David was that he was warm, open, friendly, and not looking for star treatment like most of the other artists who came to RR Studios.”
Adding: “He was interested in the production process and excited about anything creative.
“He was blown away by the studio and very interested in how to get each sound. He loved John Lennon’s vocal effects and George Martin’s way of working with bands of sounds with different frequencies. David could pick up an instrument and play anything. He would say ‘I never played this instrument before,’ and then he would cut loose and play. Pure genius.”
With regards to Bowie’s take on the newly found recording, de Strulle said: “David loved that song and wanted to do harmony. He said its simple chords and simple melodies were ‘like bringing Billie Holiday into the 1970s’.”
Click on the link below to the recording of “To Be Love” where you can download the song for yourself: