By Kevin Rutherford
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Diamond Dogs, the 1974 concept album from David Bowie. To commemorate the occasion, the singer has announced a limited edition of the album’s eponymous single as a picture disc.
The 7-inch picture disc comes June 17 and features the six-minute “Diamond Dogs” on its A-side. On the flip side, it’ll feature a 2005 mix of the tune, referred to as the David Live mix, originally recorded live at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater in ’74 by Tony Visconti. The latter is making its vinyl debut with the release.
The disc’s side-A image is an outtake that has its origin in a session with Terry O’Neill for the album, while the second side is a previously unreleased photo from Bowie’s 1974 U.S. tour.
The single of “Diamond Dogs,” released to radio in June 1974, followed “Rebel Rebel” as a single from the album. It hit No. 21 on the U.K. Singles Chart but did not impact in the U.S. Its second side during its original release was “Holy Holy,” which was originally released as its own single three years earlier.
See below for an image of the picture disc, courtesy Warner Music.