Musical innovator David Bowie has a released his first new recorded work since Reality in 2003 to coincide with his 66th birthday.

The release took fans and the music industry by total surprise as news filtered out after the new track Where Are We Now? was uploaded to itunes. A new album The Next Day will be released in March.

The new track was written by Bowie and recorded in New York with producer Tony Visconti who worked with the superstar on his classic 70s album.

Visconti worked with Bowie up until 79’s Lodger and then returned to produce 2002’s Heathen and 2003’s Reality.  Since the Reality World Tour and the heart scare towards the end of the live outing Bowie has led a quiet family life in New York.

He last appeared live in 2006 at a charity show with David Gilmour at London’s Royal Albert Hall and at a charity outing in New York the same year.

The new track represents a mournful look back at Bowie’s ‘Berlin’ days when he escaped the pressures of living and recording in America and in a bid to cut out his chronic cocaine abuse.

Although the ‘Berlin’ trilogy albums Low, Heroes and Lodger were only partly recorded in the German city he spent a great deal of time there between 1976 and 1978 and produced return to form albums The Idiot and Lust for Life.

The new track Where Are We Now? can be heard on YouTube here.  The track does not stand out as a classic Bowie ‘hit single’ but more a melancholic ballad which oozes genuine emotion and sadness.

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