Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey – Aladdin Sane Outtake 1973


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Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey – Aladdin Sane Outtake 1973

“When we got the lyrics we started to think about what kind of image we wanted to use and because of the title and “The Jean Genie” reference we decided that we wanted to use the naked torso and a lot of airbrushing.”Celia Philo

Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey was the drummer for ‘The Spiders From Mars’ – David Bowie’s backing band between 1970-1973. Like his fellow bandmates, Woodmansey was born in Yorkshire and recruited by Bowie in early 1970. He played on Bowie’s albums The Man Who Sold the World (1970), Hunky Dory(1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) and Aladdin Sane (1973). After the sudden disbanding of The Spiders from Mars Woodmansey went on to form the highly influential group – Woody Woodmansey’s U-boat. Woodmansey is the last surviving member of the original lineup who now tours the world with the supergroup Holy Holy including co-leader Tony Visconti.

The original concept behind the artwork was to include portraits of each band member in the Aladdin Sane gatefold sleeve. The three portraits were then changed to the full-length image of David Bowie. The other band members were also photographed for the album including guitarist Mick Ronson and bass player Trevor Bolder. This rarely seen image was uncovered by The Duffy Archive and first released in 2014.

The Whole Story

The fascinating story behind this timeless session is fully documented in the Duffy Bowie Five Sessions Book told by those who were there. Including Duffy who said of the session – “It happened because there was a little bit of magic in the room that night. I’ll say it myself – it’s a great cover!

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