Space Oddity

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724352189809
  • Catalog Number: 218988
  • Sales rank: 6,275

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bowie Primary Artist, Organ, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Kalimba, Stylophone
Rick Wakeman Harp, Keyboards, Mellotron
John Lodge Bass
Keith Christmas Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Herbie Flowers Bass
Tim Renwick Flute, Guitar, Recorder
Mick Ronson Guitar
Paul Buckmaster Cello
John Cambridge Drums
Terry Cox Drums
Benny Marshall Harmonica
Tony Visconti Bass, Flute, Recorder
Mick Wayne Guitar
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey Drums
Mick Woodsmansey Drums
Technical Credits
David Bowie Arranger, Composer
Ken Scott Engineer
Paul Buckmaster Arranger
Gus Dudgeon Producer
Peter Mew Remastering
Toby Mountain Remastering
Barry Sheffield Engineer
Malcolm Toft Engineer
Tony Visconti Arranger, Producer
Jonathan Wyner Contributor
Nigel Reeve Remastering
George Underwood Back Cover
Kaz Akaiwa Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A great album discovered late

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An impressive effort!

    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.

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    Posted April 21, 2009

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