Space Oddity

Space Oddity

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by David Bowie
     
 

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Originally released as Man of Words/Man of Music, Space Oddity was David Bowie's first successful reinvention of himself. Abandoning both the mod and Anthony Newley fascinations that marked his earlier recordings, Bowie delves into a lightly psychedelic folk-rock, exemplified by the album's soaring title track. Bowie

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Originally released as Man of Words/Man of Music, Space Oddity was David Bowie's first successful reinvention of himself. Abandoning both the mod and Anthony Newley fascinations that marked his earlier recordings, Bowie delves into a lightly psychedelic folk-rock, exemplified by the album's soaring title track. Bowie actually attempts a variety of styles on Space Oddity, as if he were trying to find the ones that suited him best. As such, the record isn't very cohesive, but it is charming, especially in light of his later records. Nevertheless, only "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" and "Memory of a Free Festival" rank as Bowie classics, and even those lack the hooks or purpose of "Space Oddity."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2015
Label:
Rhino / Parlophone
UPC:
0825646283453
catalogNumber:
218988
Rank:
11527

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Kalimba,Stylophone,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Rick Wakeman   Mellotron,Electric Harpsichord
John Lodge   Bass
Keith Christmas   Acoustic Guitar
Herbie Flowers   Bass
Tim Renwick   Flute,Guitar
Marc Bolan   Background Vocals
John Cambridge   Drums
Terry Cox   Drums
Bob Harris   Background Vocals
Sue Harris   Background Vocals
Benny Marshall   Harmonica
Tony Visconti   Bass
Mick Wayne   Guitar
Tony Woollcott   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Arranger,Composer
Tim Renwick   Engineer
Ken Scott   Engineer
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger
Gus Dudgeon   Producer
Barry Sheffield   Engineer
Malcolm Toft   Engineer
Tony Visconti   Arranger,Producer
George Underwood   Paintings
Aisha Cohen   Associate Project Coordinator
Mark Adams   Retouching

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Space Oddity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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This album often gets overlooked in the light of Bowie's subsequent releases like "The Man Who Sold the World," "Ziggy Stardust" or the brilliant "Hunky Dory." But if you listen to this album on its own terms, you may be pleasantly surprised. "Space Oddity" showcases Bowie's talent as a songwriter and so serves as an adumbration of where his career would progress from there. The title track is an epic tale of existential angst and suffocating alienation, themes which would dominate Bowie's output throughout his career. Whether he is lamenting finding the meaning of life in a seeming meaningless world or, more likely, the loss of his girlfriend to a close friend the song still grabs the listener from the opening cords and does not let go. Not all the selections hit the mark. "Cygnet Committe," in particular, is too long and pretentious, but a few tracks have become Bowie classics: "God Knows I'm Good," "Memory of a Free Festival" and "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud." The latter selection is Bowie's best song from his early period and captures the existential nihilism that forms the core of this album and Bowie's early career perfectly, arguably even better than does the title track. The 1990 Rykodisc version is worth tracking down because of the bonus tracks, especially the single version of "Memory of a Free Festival" Parts 1 & 2 which features the first appearance of the late guitarist Mick Ronson on a Bowie record. Unfortunately, those bonus selections have not been included on the version listed here.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This album did not get noticed until after Ziggy became a hit but this one is an excellent album and ought to be seen as the classic it is. This version of the album does not include the bonus tracks that exist on the RYKODISC edition and its worth looking for those extra songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago