Released: 3 June 2002
David Bowie: vocals, 12-string guitar
Mick Ronson: guitar, piano
Trevor Bolder: bass guitar
Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey: drums
David Bowie: vocals
Earl Slick, Mark Plati: guitar
Mike Garson: keyboards
Lisa Germano: violin
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass guitar, vocals
Sterling Campbell: drums
David Bowie recorded ‘Shadow Man’ in 1971 during the early Ziggy Stardust sessions, and again in 2000 for the abandoned Toy album.
The original recording was made at Trident Studios on 15 November 1971, on the same day that Bowie and the Spiders recorded ‘Five Years’ and the unreleased ‘It’s Gonna Rain Again’.
The studio recording, although widely bootlegged, has never been officially released. In 1990 a tape reel was auctioned at Sotheby’s containing three rough mixes of the song.
Bowie revived ‘Shadow Man’ in 2000 for the Toy project. The backing track was recorded in July 2000, with further overdubs following in October, including a string arrangement by Tony Visconti.
A news item posted on BowieNet on 1 January 2001 mentioned the songs ‘Untitled’ and “Gail’s favourite ‘Secret 1’”. The latter is assumed to be ‘Shadow Man’, although it may have been another unknown recording from the sessions.
The 2000 recording was first released on some editions of the ‘Slow Burn’ single, and later as a b-side of ‘Everyone Says ‘Hi”.
An alternative mix was posted on MySpace by Mike Garson in 2006, and another leaked online with the rest of Toy in 2011.
‘Shadow Man’ was one of the Toy tracks included on the 2014 compilation Nothing Has Changed.