David Bowie's album The Man Who Sold the World, which came out in North America in 1970 and the rest of the world in 1971, was originally titled Metrobolist, an homage to Fritz Lang's Metropolis. The title was changed at the last minute: the original master tapes were labeled "Metrobolist" on the box, but then crossed out. For the album's 50th anniversary, Parlophone Records are reissuing the album with its original Metrobolist title. It comes out on November 6.
This new edition has been remixed by the album's producer, Tony Visconti, except for "After All" which Visconti considered perfect as is (and will be the same version from the 2015 remaster). The artwork, meanwhile, was designed by Mike Weller, who did the original design which Mercury Records found too controversial at the time. (The rest of the world got different cover art in 1971.) The new artwork is "much closer to its original concept." Bowie said in 2000, "Mick Weller devised this kind of very subversive looking cartoon and put in some quite personalised things. The building in the background on the cartoon in fact was the hospital where my half brother had committed himself to. So for me, it had lots of personal resonance about it.”