Rebel Rebel - Limited Edition 40th Anniversary 7" Picture Disc
‘REBEL REBEL’ is the seventh 40th anniversary 7" picture disc release, preceded by ‘STARMAN’, ‘JOHN, I'M ONLY DANCING’, ‘THE JEAN GENIE’, ‘DRIVE-IN SATURDAY’, ‘LIFE ON MARS’ and ‘SORROW’.
Originally released in February 1974, ‘REBEL REBEL’ was Bowie's first new original single since disbanding The Spiders From Mars and acted as a taster for the groundbreaking album DIAMOND DOGS. The track reached #5 in the UK and also hit the US Billboard Hot 100. It is reportedly the most covered track of Bowie’s career
The A-side of the limited edition 7" picture disc features the original single mix of the track which hasn't been available on 7" since the early eighties and is still unavailable on CD to this day.
The singles master tape disappeared shortly after it was originally used and with David changing record companies it has never reappeared. All subsequent uses of ‘REBEL REBEL’ for CD or download have been the LP version from DIAMOND DOGS not the original 7" version which is a bit more rough and ready. Rather than continue using the album version, for this it was decided to dub it from the cleanest original 7" single that could be found to put in back in its rightful place as THE single version.
The AA-side has the U.S Version of ‘REBEL REBEL’, performed entirely by Bowie himself (with Geoff MacCormack supplying congas). This radically different version of the song was released in May 1974 three months after the first issue, but only in the U.S, Canada and Mexico.
The artwork for the picture disc features two shots from a session that took place in Amsterdam at the television show Top Pop in February 1974.