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Available IN PERSON from 9am on Saturday 20th April 2024

Available ONLINE from 8pm on Monday 22nd April 2024

David Bowie - Waiting in the Sky (Before the Starman Came to Earth)


Available on Record Store Day 2024


Limited 11-track album released exclusively for RSD 2024. Waiting in the Sky (Before the Starman Came to Earth)is taken from the Trident Studios' 1/4” stereo tapes (dated 15th December, 1971), which were created for the then provisional tracklisting for what would become The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars album.


The cover features a photo of David Bowie taken at an early Ziggy Stardust period session by Brian Ward, and the two sides of the inner bags are the fronts of the two Trident Studios tape boxes. The album’s title comes from the lyrics of ‘STARMAN’, which, along with ‘ROCK ’N’ ROLL SUICIDE’ and ‘SUFFRAGETTE CITY’, had not yet been recorded when this variation of the album was compiled.


The tracklisting for Waiting in the Sky... runs differently from Ziggy Stardust... and features four songs that didn’t make the final album. On Side 1, 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 SATURDAY’ on 6th April, 1973. Initially, closing Side 1 of the album was Bowie's version of Jacques Brel’s ‘AMSTERDAM’, which would later appear as the B-side of ‘SORROW’ on 12th October, 1973. Side 2 of the 15th December, 1971 tracklisting features two long-time non-LP fan favourites, ‘HOLY HOLY’ and ‘VELVET GOLDMINE’. The former is a re-recording with The Spiders of David’s 1971 single. Again, this version of the track had to wait several years before surfacing as the B-side of ‘DIAMOND DOGS’ on 14th June, 1974. ‘VELVET GOLDMINE’ is considered by many to be a lost Ziggy era classic, one Bowie often referred to as ‘He’s A Goldmine’ or ‘She’s A Goldmine’ in his notebooks and interviews. The track was recorded during the Ziggy sessions but was not released until 26th September, 1975, alongside ‘CHANGES’ backing the re-released album version of ‘SPACE ODDITY’, which peaked at no. 1 in the U.K. singles chart in November 1975.


Waiting in the Sky... was cut on a customised late Neumann VMS80 lathe with fully recapped electronics from 192kHz restored masters of the original Trident Studios master tapes, with no additional processing on transfer. The half-speed vinyl cut was by engineer John Webber at AIR Studios, London.  

Edition Info

• One per customer.
• Pressed on 180g black vinyl.

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Record Store Day FAQs

When is this released?

David Bowie - Waiting in the Sky (Before the Starman Came to Earth) is released as part of Record Store Day 2024.

It will be available physically in the shop from 9am on Saturday 20th April 2024. Any remaining stock will then be made available at 8pm on Monday 22nd April 2024.

Can I pre order a copy?

Drift, like all participating shops, are bound by the RSD code of conduct. We are unable to pre sell or reserve any RSD titles.

You can read more information here on the official RSD UK website.

So, how do I get one?

Drift will be open at 9am on Saturday 20th April and you need to come and see us in person. There will be a queue and we try and make it as much fun as possible.

Any remaining stock will be made available at 8pm on Monday 22nd April and you will be able to purchase copies via this page.


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