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Hear David Bowie’s unreleased cover of The Who’s “Can’t Explain”

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Hear David Bowie’s unreleased cover of The Who’s “Can’t Explain”

A previously unreleased cover of The Who‘s classic song “I Can’t Explain”, recorded by the late legendary David Bowie was released. The track is part of the upcoming boxset “Rock ‘N’ Roll Star”, which will be out next June 14.


That version was recorded during the sessions for his album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars” in 1972. He later re-recorded the song for his 1973 covers album “Pin Ups” but that version was slower. So this unreleased track is from a take done in June 24, 1972 and is named “Trident Studios Version – Take 2”.

Hear the unreleased David Bowie cover for The Who’s “Can’t Explain”

Read the official statement about the release of this version:

“Parlophone Records today releases ‘I CAN’T EXPLAIN’ (TRIDENT STUDIOS VERSION – TAKE 2) the third track to be taken from DAVID BOWIE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL STAR!, a 5CD and 1 Blu-Ray Audio set. The boxset explores David Bowie’s journey from February 1971 through the creation of Ziggy Stardust, and the recording of the iconic THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS album.”

“‘I CAN’T EXPLAIN’ (TRIDENT STUDIOS VERSION – TAKE 2) is a cover of The Who’s classic 1965 debut single. It was produced by David and recorded at Trident Studios in Soho, London, on the 24th of June 1972. This high energy version of the track has remained undiscovered for over 50 years.”

“A year later Bowie would record the song again at a much slower tempo with co-producer Ken Scott for his PIN UPS album. Other unreleased highlights on ROCK ‘N’ ROLL STAR!, include an unheard version of the deep-cut classic ‘SHADOW MAN’, and ‘LADY STARDUST (ALTERNATIVE VERSION – TAKE 1) performed in a much lower register to the released version,” the official statement of musician’s website said.

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