It was during the recording sessions for Bowie’s final album that Visconti brought back a new sound—from his past. First playing the new mix of “Fantastic Voyage” for the singer, Visconti then shared the rest of the re-mixes—much to Bowie’s delight. “He knew immediately that it was a fresh mix,” Visconti says. “He just had this beaming smile on his face. Then I played him the rest and he thought they were terrific, too. Almost immediately I got the green light from his office to finish it up.”
The results are astonishing. Fresh and clear, rich and warm, Lodger now sounds like a new David Bowie album for 2017.