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Preview: "Beyond Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story" Soundtrack

Artist: Various Artists / Soundtrack
Title: Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story
Release Date: June 8, 2018
Label: UMe
  • CD 
  • Vinyl
  • Digital
UMe has announced the release of Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story, The Soundtrack on June 8. The album comes on the heels of the film's streaming debuts on Hulu and Amazon Prime following last year's successful theatrical run and the DVD/Blu-ray releases.

The soundtrack is the first official career retrospective compilation for the guitar virtuoso, Mick Ronson, known affectionately as "Ronno." As well as highlights from Ronson's solo records, the compilation includes material from his key collaborations with David Bowie, Elton John, Ian Hunter, Michael Chapman and Queen. The album also includes a previously unreleased cover version of "This Is For You" by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and a piano tribute to Ronson from Bowie's piano-man and band alumni Mike Garson (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins). The soundtrack includes extensive essay & liner notes and will be available on CD and digital, heavy-weight 180-gram black vinyl. There will also be a limited edition red vinyl version available exclusively at uDiscover.

For the career-spanning documentary, producer/director Jon Brewer (BB King: The Life of Riley, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark, Jimi Hendrix: Guitar Hero, The Most Dangerous Band in The World) gained the unprecedented access and permission for use of materials relating to the life of rock hero Mick Ronson, who was largely commercially overlooked despite his direct contribution and pivotal involvement in countless iconic compositions of David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars.

Despite his production and guitar work with Lou Reed, Morrissey, Ian Hunter and Mott The Hoople, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and many others, it is Ronson's dynamic support, contribution, and co-creation of the expansive and multi-faceted career of David Bowie and in fact that era of music, that the film and this soundtrack exposes. Featuring exclusive narration by David Bowie and exclusive contributions by Rick Wakeman, Joe Elliott, Roger Taylor, Ian Hunter, Angie Bowie and many more, Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story is a tribute to an uncomplicated man who achieved the pinnacle of success in the music industry as well as the rarefied respect from his contemporaries for his production and guitar skills.

His humble beginnings (in the northern English city of Hull) underpinned the values and modest, unpretentious personality of Ronson. Originally working with Hull City Council while he pursued his craft with consummate dedication, word of his talent reached Bowie who grabbed at the chance to work with Ronson, and from there rock history was made. "The Man Who Sold the World", "Aladdin Sane", "Hunky Dory", "Jean Genie", all were constructed with Ronno on guitar. In 1974, he was voted #2 'Best Guitarist' in Cream magazine (notably, Eric Clapton came in third).

Sadly, in 1993 Ronson passed away before receiving the recognition he so richly deserved before taking that final bow, as seen on film, at his last show. He had been making a solo album at the time, which was subsequently finished by his contemporaries. Emperor Media have achieved ultimate authenticity and access in chronicling the life and works of this man, an extraordinary talent who became a cornerstone of rock music and who stood "Beside Bowie"during one of the most memorable periods of his dazzling career.

Full list of film contributors - Mike Garson, Mary Finnegan, Bob Harris, Jon Brewer, Suzi Ronson, Angie Bowie, Mick Ronson, Kevin Cann, David Stopps, Maggie Ronson, Tony Visconti, Dana Gillespie, Joe Elliott, Laurence Myers, Mick Rock, Rick Wakeman, Cherry Vanilla, Tony Zanetta, David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, Earl Slick, Lulu, Glen Matlock, Mark Nevin, Roger Taylor

Track List:
  • "All The Young Dudes" - Queen, Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Joe Elliott & Phil Collen - (Live) - Recorded live at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
  • "Soulful Lady" - Michael Chapman - Originally appeared on Fully Qualified Survivor (1970)
  • "Madman Across The Water" - Elton John - Originally appeared on Rare Masters (1992)
  • "Moonage Daydream" - David Bowie - Originally appeared on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
  • "Cracked Actor" - David Bowie - Originally appeared on Aladdin Sane (1973)
  • "Time" - David Bowie - Originally appeared on Aladdin Sane (1973)
  • "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" - Ian Hunter - Originally appeared on Ian Hunter (1975)
  • "I'd Give Anything To See You" - Mick Ronson - Originally appeared on Just Like This (1999)
  • "Hard Life" - Mick Ronson - Originally appeared on Just Like This (1999)
  • "Midnight Love" - Mick Ronson - Originally appeared on Heaven and Hull (1994)
  • "Like A Rolling Stone" - Mick Ronson - Originally appeared on Heaven and Hull (1994)
  • "This Is For You" - Joe Elliott (Previously unreleased)
  • "Heroes" - Queen, David Bowie and Mick Ronson - Recorded live at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London
  • "Tribute To Mick Ronson" - Mike Garson (Previously unreleased)