DAVID BOWIE: His final recordings premiere on BBC Radio

From the archives:

David Bowie spent the final months of his life working on two projects - his album Blackstar, and the Broadway show Lazarus.

Blackstar was released to widespread critical acclaim in January, just days before he died of cancer. Widely regarded as his swansong, it muses on death, the afterlife and his legacy.

But he also recorded his own versions of the four new songs he had written for Lazarus using the same jazz troupe, led by Donny McCaslin, that featured on Blackstar.

Those recordings will be featured on the second disc of the Lazarus Cast Album, which is released this Friday. One, the title track, has already been released, and two others - No Plan and When I Met You - received their premiere on the BBC today.

When I Met You, a clattering, propulsive rock track, was first broadcast early this morning on Shaun Keaveny's breakfast show on BBC 6 Music. You can hear a clip here.

No Plan is a more sombre song that (once again) appears to be about the afterlife. "I'm lost in streams of sound... am I nowhere now?" sings Bowie over a muted backing track.

It premiered on Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show, and a clip can be found here.

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