David Bowie’s ‘No Plan’ EP to be issued on CD and special vinyl formats


CD fans rejoice as David Bowie‘s final three recordings, made during the sessions for ★ (Blackstar), are to be issued on a CD single (and vinyl) as the No Plan EP.

Issued digitally last month, the No Plan EP brings together the songs No Plan, Killing A Little Time and When I Met You (which were previously only available physically as part of the Lazarus Cast Album) and Bowie’s original version of Lazarus.


In addition to the CD, two vinyl versions will be available, including a limited edition white vinyl pressing with die-cut sleeve and special laser etching on the B-side. This comes bundled with a lithograph and is available exclusively via the official David Bowie store.

A black vinyl edition without the die-cut sleeve and lithograph (but with the laser etching) is significantly cheaper and should be more widely available.


So three editions of the No Plan EP and three different release dates. The CD will be issued on 24 February, the black vinyl on 21 April and the limited made-to-order white vinyl on 26 May 2017.

Order die-cut White Vinyl with Lithograph from the Official David Bowie Store


  • 1) Lazarus
  • 2) No Plan
  • 3) Killing a Little Time
  • 4) When I Met You

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My 12″ version from Amazon (sorry I don’t like to order from them but this was a must have!) arrived with the RSD sticker stating it was on Clear vinyl but inside it was the standard black one. Not a problem for me but I wonder if any actual RSD versions were incorrectly inserted with the standard and NOT the clear version?


Bit of a frenzy this week as Amazon, various European sites had the Blue version up for £44 inc postage. Then on Tuesday fr a few hours it was up for £12.94 !. I ordered but not expecting it to be fulfilled. E-mail today from Amazon UK saying item dispatched, got White and black versions ordered from Bowie Store, happy bunny today !


RSD UK website has a picture of a clear/blue 12″ here:



Interestingly, when I put the CD EP into my DVD player, Gracenote thinks it is the second CD of the Lazarus Soundtrack, so I think it is a total clone of that disc.


Seems like I have been waiting for this forever, especially considering the CD EP was released ages ago it feels like. I held out on the Lazarus album, I couldn’t justify the price for just three new Bowie tracks on vinyl, I just got it on CD. Then about a month ago I saw the EP on sale in Walmart and picked it up for just $5. Will be happy to get the vinyl this Friday. I have had it on pre-order since Feb, so will be getting it for around $25.

David Van MusicMaster

when the digital download was released on Jan 8th, no mention was made of physical products, so I thought “what the hell”, and made a fake promo cd single for myself.
I showed it around quite a few people, and they all thought it was genuine.

The tracks on mine are identical to those on the cd and 12″ that have just been released.

What disappoints me is that the record company didn’t put the videos on the discs too – they’re on mine! – so it’s not lack of space.

Never mind record companies, carry on, as you obviously know best, although I would say Opportunity missed!

Feel free to contact me, perhaps I could sort out your next David Bowie release(s) for you?


Hey Paul,
Do you think they’ll ever add these three e.p. tracks as a “Special Edition” version of the ‘Blackstar’ album ?


Australian SDE-ers ‘might’ save money buying from JB HiFi:

CD: $12 (incl. postage) – https://www.jbhifi.com.au/music/browse/rock-pop/no-plan-ep/336751/
Black Vinyl: $40 (incl. postage) – https://www.jbhifi.com.au/music/Whats-Hot/rock-pop/no-plan-ep-12in-vinyl/336742/


Black vinyl & cd for me .under £20 for both . The last thing I purchased from the bowie store Had to go back ,cover marked, white vinyl too many pops and it had two labels on top of each other with one peeling off.


22 April on their website. Would rather see the Lady Stardust picture disc that day to be honest. Going for ridiculous money on ebay. No chance though………


Blue vinyl version is going to be available from record stores, in store only, no reservations, on 21st April.

Not sure if the date for RSD had been confirmed yet, but I guess it has been now.

Kevin Allen

If everybody is buying multiple copies of the white vinyl it will be the black vinyl one that becomes the rare, collectable item.


Like many of you on here I was initially annoyed at the price of the deluxe edition but eventually relented and ordered one. However, the news of the clear/blue variant made me feel like a gullible idiot so I cancelled it. I’m all for multiple versions of things – it’s what collecting is about after all – but these prices are really taking the piss. I’d rather spend the money on completing my Bowie UK 7″ collection or buying something I don’t already have. Surely a ‘made to order’ limited edition is a contradiction in terms anyway.


It’s a liberating feeling when you get to the point of enough is enough of this corporate fleecing bullshit. My spending on music has decreased rapidly and the only thing stopping me cancelling tomorrow’s preorder of the Bowie vinyl is the good price on Amazon and the 10 quid off code, otherwise I would stick to the Ryko CDs.

Nick Preece

Im still a bit confused as to how many White Copies are being pressed – and whether they will have enough to cover pre orders…. as as per email below from Warner Brothers…..they have already been pressed…… :

Thanks for your message.

We can confirm that we only have an allocated amount of pressings available to purchase, so the copies have already been pressed and we are distributing the available ones given to us.

The pre-order will end either on the day of release or the day before, however this can depend on whether all the stock has been ordered and allocated to customers.

We hope this helps and if you have any further questions, please contact us.

Kind regards,
Your Warner Music Customer Service Team

Rob Deighton

Ordered mt Black LP from Amazon FR. Chances are it will be shipped from Amazon UK anyway as some previous things i have ordered from France have shown up that way.

Chris Lancaster

I’m a huge Bowie fan, an I’ve had the white vinyl ready to check out three times now. However on each occasion logic has taken over when I’ve realised that £42 (including postage) is a lot of money for four tracks I already own – albeit in a nice format. And now I see that there will now be a blue vinyl version sold exclusively through “independent record stores”.

I think I’ll save my money for the Berlin-era box set that will no doubt be coming later this year, the inevitable Blackstar super deluxe, and concentrate instead on increasing my collection of live bootlegs :-)

Richard Robson

For UK Buyers I worked it out alst night tis actually cheaper to buy from the US – around £7-£10 cheaper.

(Providing your card company doesn’t charge a foreign purchase fee)


Does anyone intend listening to the music? There seems to be an awful fuss being made about the different formats and their availability but only a couple of people enthusing about the music. It’s very good EP. I bought the 320kbps mp3 from Google Play and I see no reason whatsoever to buy it again.


Personally I don’t care about how many colours the 12″ will be available on. I didn’t listen to any of the three unreleased tracks online, and now I will enjoy them when I’ll get the CD in my hands. Old fashion.

Mic Smith

That was partly the reason I didn’t bite – but I have plenty of vinyl that I play very rarely which was more reasonably priced so ultimately it must have been the cost that stopped me from ordering.

If some can afford such luxury then fair play. I can’t and am not going to buy for the sake of maintaining a collection.

Mark R

I pre-ordered…and cancelled it the following day. I just can’t justify spending £46 on an EP. It’s a bit ridiculous. Sure it would be worth more in the future but I’d really want to keep it anyhow. So, I’m out.


Would the indie release coloured EP turn out to be a Record Store Day release outside the USA given the date? Might be worth waiting to see rather than paying US postage, though at the current price it is at least below the VAT (plus £8 for the privilege of paying the VAT) threshold. Assuming the exchange rate doesn’t get even worse…


a handful were sold yesterday at HUGE prices! that poor sod who paid £140 could have saved himself £100!


People is stupid and has a lot of money to waste. I think that if you are up for buying a 12″ with 4 songs (you probably already have in digital form) for £140, well, you deserve to get ripped off in such way.


You don’t have to name people stupid,
just because they buy something they want to own.

Kevin Allen

Well, I suppose if it was listed as a Sold Out item the buyer could contact eBay to say that is not the case and get their money back. Those listings my have been correct and posted in good faith but they are no longer accurate.


I have ordered it, I actually am impressed they re-opened the order up. can you imagine if you had panic bought one on ebay how annoyed you would be now? I do think its pretty outrageous charging £40 for an EP. however compared to the normal vinyl version it does look amazing and will be nice to add to the collection. I simply cannot resist.

Scott G

The white vinyl is currently “In Stock” @11:00 AM


does anyone know if pre order money is taken immediately or after shipping?


If you refer to the Bowie store: yes, immediately.

Richard Robson

Taken immediately normally.

Steve Edwards

The “out of stock scenario” reads more like “create an online buzz by the white vinyl selling out immediately”.
Then create another online buzz by correcting said “error” and hoovering up as many sales as possible.

Its a similar situation with Ryan Adams, Prisoner.
Register before a certain date so you can order the mega bucks “End of World edition” of the new album.
RA forum goes nuts for weeks.
Then we get an email so we can order, which we do, thinking this is an exclusive.
Fast forward a couple of weeks……and its still available for sale on Paxam.

What was “Ltd Edition” has now morphed into “Ltd Time”.
Ltd Time meaning “lets max out the pre sale orders with some hype”
Two artists that I truly revere, both tainted by the dead hand of commerce & opportunism IMHO.

Richard Robson

You echo my sentiments.

I recently purchased the Brett Anderson Vinyl Box Set (Thanks to Paul on here for the tip).

Four full vinyl albums, signed lithogrpah and in a box – £49.99

One David Bowie EP and lithograph – £42.00

Its not the product its the price thats getting out of hand.


Are those 33rpm or 45rpm ? Does anyone know if there are the exact same mixes/versions as those available on the Lazarus cast album ? I remember buying the 45rpm ep of “Sue or in a season of crime” when it was released, and was disapointed to find the songs on the Blackstar tracklisting, only to find out the songs had been completely remixed and be delighted..

Richard Robson

When they say clear/blue/white…is it multi coloured? Or are there three different random colours?

Ugh IF I was to order the white one and the Indie one its close to £80 …. Makes me wonder if the Indie one will come to the UK.



I’ve asked about the indie copy and this is the answer from plaid room récords:

I’m not sure. I contacted Sony regarding this yesterday, but haven’t heard back yet. I’ll let you know if they get back with me. Since it was just announced, information is pretty sparse at this point, but I’d expect some product shots/more detailed descriptions in the coming weeks.


for those who want to try to buy the indie store copies, and are not US residents (thanks bull moose) you can do it here.
just so you know, shipping is around 30$ for Europe.


Hi and thank you for this information!
D o you perhaps know if that means that when you order a copy
you will get either a clear or a blue or a white record by random?


If there is more material left from the ‘Blackstar’ sessions I believe it won’t come out that soon. I doubt there are many other finished songs, maybe one or two, so a ‘Blackstar’ deluxe is unlikely at this point, given they choose to market the biggest part of those unreleased cuts in the form of this EP. The perfect timing would have been now, cause the second half of 2016 was focused on WCIBN? and the second half of 2017 will be dedicated to the next box set. My bet is that we’ll get the remaining unreleased stuff on a future archive/rarities compilation.

I wonder how the packaging for this CD EP will be. From the promo picture looks like a standard cardsleeve like those used for CD singles back in the 90s/00s, but it’d be kind of simple for a Bowie release, so maybe a two panel digipack? February will be a busy month for me with ‘No Plan’ and all the individual releases from WCIBN?, I’m quite excited!

Paolo Meccano

Mine arrived today: it’s in a jewel case.

Richard Bristow

It reads to me that the white vinyl copy isn’t limited as such;

”This is a made to order one-time-run of a numbered die-cut package”

Whoever orders before the one and only pressing takes place will get a copy.


I had to google Blu-spec CD2. Never heard of that before. Sounds like the (latest) emperor’s new clothes of CD technology.

Richard Banham

This EP does not represent the final clearing of the vaults from the Blackstar sessions. At least one other song was completed – a track called Blaze which is referred to in glowing terms in the new edition of “The Complete David Bowie”. I am sure other tracks were also mentioned in an Uncut article that predated the Lazarus soundtrack album being announced. The musicians on the sessions never differentiated between “Blackstar” & “Lazarus” – they were recording Bowie songs.


Speculation and abuse are other faces of fascism. Its victims: the unwary. I like vinyls, I have no problem with cds, but the overpriced of the Deluxe Edition is a complete rip off. Is the content or format more important? Rest in peace David Bowie.

Alan Jones

Saw your posting at lunchtime and was gutted the limited was sold out. When I got home tonight the first thing I did was check the Bowie site and managed to place an order. It’s been an expensive start to the year what with managing to get a Paul Smith signed red vinyl copy of The Next Day, the Japan Blackstar red vinyl 12″ and the Japan yellow vinyl of The Next Day. And RSD is coming over the hill….

Kevin Allen

They are still selling them. Just ordered one.


Thanks for posting that more available. Perhaps they read this site and realised the extra orders they could get??

eric slangen

Wow, almost 60 euro for the white vinyl to ship to the Netherlands.
But I ordered one.


yes, its back online. maybe they press more. Hahaha


The white vinyl is available again now.

Tony C

It’s up for pre order at the David Bowie store as at 15.52. Just ordered one for myself


Yes. I’ve just bought too

Chris A

Deluxe edition back up for pre order on the UK site.


Guys, not unlike Next Day, I’d wager on an eventual “deluxe” version of Blackstar with this ep included, labeled the ‘Complete Sessions’ (plus some sort of DVD about the making of Lazarus? Maybe?). I wouldn’t put it past the powers that be.

Jim Edwards

By the way, elliott buckingham you couldn’t be any more wrong if you tried. I don’t know what you’re listening to that betters ★.


Any plans for Super Deluxe Edition starting up a whole separate web site devoted to Bowie releases, since they seem to be weekly?

Jim Edwards

This is getting bloody ridiculous. Nearly £50 for a vinyl ep, £10+ for a cd ep? I wouldn’t mind if the vinyl played at 45rpm and had two tracks per side but this is a just a print of Lazarus side 5. If it’s made to order then why has it sold out? I’m a massive MASSIVE BowieBoy but my bank is almost empty they need to slow down and realise fans simply cannot afford they’re inflated prices. I bought Sound and Vision picture disc from the BowieStore and it cost my nearly £20. Gotta feeling I’m gonna have to be more selective when it comes to future releases, after all these are the record company’s limited editions and prices not David’s.

Andy Vizor

I got the direct email shot from the Bowie Website last nite. Having been lucky enough to get Blackstar on clear vinyl I did rush in. Thou I’m now receiving mails from Record Store & Banquet offering the normal vinyl & CD for HALF THE PRICE of the Bowie Store – i.e. CD £10.99 but now £6.99 ish. Vinyl I think £22.99 but elsewhere £13.99 ish. There is much confusion over 10″ & 12″ but as Paul states I understand it is 12″

Mic Smith

I bought the Lazarus cast album for the new material and given the Bowie material is on a second disc by itself that’s enough for me. The multi-formats are diminishing the value of these final recordings, turning them into just another 3 Bowie tracks. Like others have said, this will go on endlessly. It’s all quite depressing.


Now, who didn’t see this coming? Something that should have been done from the very beginning – as stand-alone release, not to be associated with that horrific Cast Recording of “Lazarus” (it really is that awful).
I couldn’t care less about any “limited” Bowie pressings after his death (Parlophone’s celebrity death cash-grab). Black vinyl it is!


Please don’t share yours either ;)


I knew it would happen. Now I’m glad I didn’t buy the ‘Lazarus’ soundtrack, I’d rather have a proper Bowie EP for 10 € than a double album with an entire CD of stuff I don’t need for about 15 €. This collector frenzy for colour vinyl is ridicolous though, the standard black version is very cheap so I don’t see the problem at all for those who want this record on 12″. Curious how they choose Record Store Day as release date for the vinyl, without it being a RSD release.

Steve W

I’ve pre-ordered the standard vinyl. Nice as it is there is no point me ordering cd too as I have the Lazarus soundtrack already on vinyl & cd!