Released: 4 October 1999
Reeves Gabrels: guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming
Mark Plati: bass guitar, keyboards
Sterling Campbell: drums
‘New Angels Of Promise’ is the eighth song on David Bowie’s 21st studio album, ‘hours…’.
It appeared prominently in the computer game Omikron: The Nomad Soul. Bowie and guitarist Reeves Gabrels wrote a number of pieces of music for the game, several of which also became songs on ‘hours…’. ‘New Angels Of Promise’, which featured in the game’s introduction, originally had the word “Omikron” in the chorus. This was changed to “Suspicious minds” for the album version.
Indeed, ‘Omikron’ was a working title for the song, although it wasn’t the first. According to Gabrels, ‘Big John’ was its first working title, owing to its perceived similarity to Jimmy Dean’s 1961 hit ‘Big Bad John’.
New Angels Promise. An epic. Originally working-titled "Big John" (bevause it reminded us of country singer Jimmy Dean's 50s hit). Excellent drumming by Sterling Campbell. #TimsTwitterListeningParty #hourswithreeves
— reeves gabrels (@reevesgabrels) September 4, 2020
‘hours…’ was reissued in September 2004 as a limited edition double CD set. The second disc contained numerous bonus tracks, including ‘New Angels Of Promise’ (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version).