There’s a wealth of unreleased David Bowie material to be surfaced and we’ve now got one of the first unheard albums to be released since his death.
The Gouster was recorded during “plastic soul”-era in 1974 and features seven tracks including a different version of Young Americans. While he never released the record, many of the tracks ended up forming the bones of the Young Americans LP.
It comes as part of a new David Bowie boxset Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) which has just been released.
The boxset features notes by Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti who also penned his memories of The Gouster calling it, “forty minutes of glorious funk.”
“That’s what it was and that’s how I thought it would be.”
He further added that Bowie understood a Gouster to be, “a type of dress code worn by African American teens in the ’60’s, in Chicago.”
“But in the context of the album its meaning was attitude, an attitude of pride and hipness.”
In the days after Bowie’s death in January, it emerged that Bowie has planned a number of albums to be released posthumously. It’s unknown if this was one of the releases he prepped but it’s good to hear it out in the world nonetheless.
Listen: David Bowie – The Gouster