David Bowie

Love You till Tuesday

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Intended to be one of the standout tracks from David Bowie's self-titled debut album -- to the point where it was rerecorded for single release soon afterwards -- "Love You Till Tuesday" captures Bowie at the height of his Anthony Newley infatuation, and reasonably well at that. Had he stuck to these particular guns for the rest of his careeer, he might yet have been seen as some transitional figure between Newley and, say, Stephin Merritt. Both versions are perfectly enjoyable MOR pop exquisitely suited for commercial radio in 1967 London and thereabouts. The first and better version benefits from a restrained, swirling string part as well as understated horn and vibes adding to the basic acoustic guitar/drums effort at the heart of the song. Bowie's performance is definitely more English than thou at this particular stage of his life -- keep an ear out for his near-over-pronunciation of more than a few words -- but he doesn't go completely over the top with it, while the lyric about a slightly obsessive crush is serviceably quirky. The rerecording made everything a little more splashy and strident, adding more echo and flute parts but not really improving the song any (if anything it sounds more forced, especially with Bowie's vocals).

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
David Bowie [1967] 1967 Deram 3:09
Starting Point 1977 Deram / PolyGram
No Image 1981 Decca
David Bowie (Love You Till Tuesday) 1984 Deram
No Image 1984 Deram
Rock Reflections 1990 Deram 3:10
No Image 1993 Spectrum Music
Stardust: Glam, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records 3:11
Alterno-Daze: Origin of the Species -- 2000 BC To ? 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:12
The Deram Anthology 1966-1968 1997 Deram 3:11
London Boy 2001 Polygram 3:01
Alterno-Daze 2001
Various Artists
Special Product / MCA
The Lost Sessions 2018 Left Field Media 3:01