Collaborator, Chic guitarist and producer Niles Rodgers mixed the unearthed demo in his Connecticut studio and released a statement about the bare-bones version of the song the two recorded at Montreux, Switzerland's Mountain Studios on December 19th and 20th, 1982.
Rogers has called the timeless "Let's Dance" the "easiest record I've ever made."
"I've been blessed with a wonderful career but my creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very, very, very high on the list of my most important and rewarding collaborations," Rodgers said. "This demo gives you, the fans, a bird's eye view of the very start of it! I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, 'Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!'"
After showing Rodgers his idea for the song, Bowie was so restless to record they hired local musicians for the recording session. Rogers notes that the identities of the drummer and 2nd guitarist used for the session are still unknown, saying, "if you played 2nd guitar or drums let us know who you are."
"This recording was the first indication of what we could do together as I took his 'folk song' and arranged it into something that the entire world would soon be dancing to and seemingly has not stopped dancing to for the last 35 years! It became the blueprint not only for 'Let's Dance' the song but for the entire album as well," Rodgers continued.
"The time we spent mixing it just before Christmas was full of tears as it felt like David was in the room with us. Happy Birthday David, I love you and we all miss you!"
Listen to the "Let's Dance" demo below: