Mike Garson, pianist on 20 David Bowie albums & 9 world tours, 1972 to 2006
BOWIE SONGS1 - a new album coming out soon, 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. The background to this very special release is told below.
BOWIESONGS1 - an album of some of David Bowie's masterpiece songs performed completely unplugged, purely voice & piano.
- 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 this 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 (see pic below), 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 on his last ever television appearance, 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.
Clifford Slapper at the piano with David Bowie in 2006
"I really loved your piano. Reminded me of Nicky Hopkins and Leon Russell."
Tony Visconti, one of the world's greatest producers and David Bowie's friend and producer/performer on numerous Bowie albums, 1969-2016.
"Very nice work on that Marc Almond track...you were the standout, for sure."
Mark Plati, producer/performer/mixer with David Bowie, 1996-2003.
“In particular, keyboardist Cliff Slapper provides decorative flourishes,always tasteful and atmospheric...”
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”. There are several other superb singers - see the list here. We are also talking with other singers and adding further songs. Recording has been at Trinity Studio, Greenwich and mastering by Pete Maher (U2, The Killers, Jack White, Noel Gallagher, The Rolling Stones, Lana Del Rey).
- The album's producer, Clifford Slapper, is also author of "Bowie's Piano Man: the life of Mike Garson" (Fantom, 2015), which is available HERE.