It’s not surprising that in the wake of David Bowie’s death in January, that the Bowie archives would slowly be remastered and released. But right in the middle of the 12-CD box set Who Can I Be Now? (1974-76) is a surprise: the unreleased album The Gouster.
Bowie, 27-years-old at the time, decided the songs weren’t up to snuff – later releasing some and not others.
In case you’re wondering, “gouster” is antiquated slang for a black American streetwise, jive-talking, sharp-dressing dude. But there’s nothing antiquated about Bowie’s ever-present, ever vital presence with songs that take off with long jams. Check it out!