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David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World turns 50 in November, and in honor of the milestone anniversary, the album will be receiving a reissue.

Due out November 6 (two days after the album’s actual anniversary in the United States), the reissue will be called Metrobolist, which was actually the album’s original title. According to Bowie’s official website, “The album’s name was changed at the last minute to ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ — the original stereo master tapes were in fact labeled ‘Metrobolist,’ with the title ultimately crossed out. The 2020 re-release of the album under its Metrobolist moniker has been remixed by original producer Tony Visconti, with the exception of the track ‘After All’ which Tony considered perfect as is, and is featured in its 2015 remaster incarnation.”

The reissue artwork was created by Mike Weller, who had drafted the original album artwork 50 years ago but Bowie’s label refused to release it. The reissue will also feature images from Keith MacMillan, who shot the images of Bowie in a dress that adorned the cover of The Man Who Sold The World.

Metrobolist will be reissued on 180g black vinyl, while 2,020 limited edition handwritten numbered copies will be distributed randomly on white vinyl (#1 – 1970) and gold vinyl (#1971 – 2020.)  A complete track listing is below.

David Bowie – Metrobolist (AKA: The Man Who Sold The World) – Track Listing

“The Width of a Circle”
“All the Madmen”
“Black Country Rock”
“After All”
“Running Gun Blues”
“Saviour Machine”
“She Shook Me Cold”
“The Man Who Sold the World”
“The Supermen”


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