Rock legend David Bowie spent two years working in secret on his upcoming album, according to his longtime producer Tony Visconti.
Fans had no idea the reclusive star was making music again until Tuesday, his 66th birthday, when he unveiled new single "Where Are We Now?" -- his first release in a decade.
Visconti, Bowie's collaborator over the past four decades, now reveals the singer couldn't stop smiling as they recorded his comeback album "The Next Day," although he admits they worked at a slow pace.
Visconti tells the BBC, "He smiles a lot. During the recording he was smiling all the time, he was so happy to be back in the studio. He still has that power in his chest, in his voice. He still has it."
"We never spent more than two to three weeks at a time recording," Visconti said. "Then we might take off as much as two months. We usually work on about one or two songs in an afternoon and we'd whip them up to shape where they'd sound like great rock tracks ... This is actually the same way I'd been working with him since 'The Man Who Sold the World.' He hasn't really changed in his approach."
The producer also dismissed rumours that Bowie's absence from the spotlight has been down to ongoing health issues, adding, "David is extremely healthy. He's rosy-cheeked ... He's a very healthy man, I can assure you. I couldn't explain why I know that, but I worked with a very healthy David Bowie in the studio and a very happy David Bowie in the studio."
The duo first joined forces in 1969 on "Space Oddity," and together they created classic Bowie albums including "Heroes," "Lodger" and "Young Americans." "The Next Day" is due to hit shelves in March.
David Bowie has so many good songs.
She Sells Medals.
And David Bowie has about 12 different versions of his Talented Artistic Persona.
Actors have many people who emulate them.
Just because you see a photograph of someone, doesn't mean it is the person you think it is.
I CAN NOT play the guitar, because I have little wrists.
But I did play the flute at one time, and I was a decent at flute playing.
Only people with strong wrists and arms can tackle the brilliant world of complicated guitar music.
"Where Are We Now" is cryptic. Is he literally showing us that the bottle is empty?
This is my interpretation: