David Bowie's beloved classic film The Man Who Fell to Earth was released 40 years ago, but the film's original soundtrack was never available after its initial release because the master tapes were lost. Now, thanks to them being recently recovered, fans will be able to enjoy the OST for the first time since its original release, according to NME.
The soundtrack will be reissued for the film's 40th anniversary, which will coincide with a new theater release for the film in England. Featuring original music composed by Japanese musician Stomu Yamash'ta and John Philips (known for his work as the main songwriter for '60s band The Mamas and The Papas), the soundtrack will be released in two mediums: a double-CD version and a double-vinyl version. Despite the fact that Bowie stars in the film, he didn't contribute to its soundtrack.
The double-CD version will feature Louis Armstrong's "Blueberry Hill," The Kingston Trio, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and more. The soundtrack's double-vinyl version will feature mostly Yamash-ta and Philips' songs. The CD version will be released on September 9, and the vinyl version will be released on October 24.
There will also be a box set that includes both the CD and vinyl versions of the soundtrack, the original film poster, as well as a 48-page book with unique essays and interviews. The box set will be available on November 18.
The Man Who Fell to Earth is about Thomas Jermone Newton (Bowie), who is an alien that crashlands on Earth. After its release, it immediately gained cult status, particularly from those who were fans of Bowie and science fiction. Lazarus is a musical that is meant to be the continuation of Newton's story, written by Bowie. The musical premiered in New York in 2015.