David Bowie‘s seminal The Man Who Sold The World album is getting the 50th-anniversary treatment and will be released under its originally intended title, Metrobolist, on Nov. 6 on Parlophone Records.
As with the Space Oddity 50th anniversary vinyl, as well as a 180g black vinyl edition, it will come in 2020 limited edition handwritten numbered copies on gold vinyl (numbers 1971 through 2020) and on white vinyl (numbers 1 through 1970) all randomly distributed.
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 Visconti considered perfect as is and is featured in its 2015 remaster incarnation.
Bowie personally delivered the Metrobolist concept and his gate-fold plan to the record company for production, and this 50th Anniversary Edition is artistically close to what he originally intended.
The sleeve image is by Mike Weller and the gate-fold sleeve features images from the Keith MacMillan Mr Fish “dress” shoot that was the cover of The Man Who Sold The World outside the U.S.
In 2000, Bowie discussed the artwork: “Mick Weller devised this kind of very subversive looking cartoon and put in some quite personalized things. The building in the background on the cartoon in fact was the hospital where my half brother had committed himself to. So for me, it had lots of personal resonance about it.”