Bowie’s Space Oddity Gets Odder!

 

Classic album adds a whopping 15 bonus tracks…
check out that vintage video from 1969!

 

By Blurt
Staff

 

Following
the July 21 release of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity (40th Anniversary)’ digital EP, Virgin/EMI will release an expanded 40th Anniversary Special Edition of Bowie’s classic 1969 Space Oddity album.  It’s due
Nov. 3.

 

To be
available in a deluxe 2CD package and for digital download from all major
digital service providers, the commemorative edition adds 15 tracks to the
digitally remastered original album, including 8 previously unreleased demos,
alternate mixes and a BBC Radio performance. 
On the same date, the original album will also be reissued on limited
edition 180-gram vinyl.

 

The
backstory: First released on November 14, 1969, Space Oddity was originally titled Man Of Words/Man Of Music in the U.S. The album was re-titled Space Oddity when it was reissued in
1972, peaking at #16 on  Billboard‘s Albums chart. Produced by
Tony Visconti (except for the title track, which was produced by the late Gus
Dudgeon), the album was a giant leap forward in songwriting for Bowie. Also notable for
its collaborators, including session players Herbie Flowers, Tim Renwick, Terry
Cox and Rick Wakeman, the album delved into psychedelic folk-rock and Prog and
became a benchmark album for the musical shape-shifter.

 

The 2CD 40th Anniversary Special Edition of Space
Oddity
is packaged in a digipak with an extensive booklet featuring rare
photographs, memorabilia, sleeve notes and a chronology by Kevin Cann.  Disc 1 features the original album,
remastered from the original analog master tapes, and Disc 2 adds a whopping 15
bonus tracks, of which eight are previously unreleased, including two
ultra-rare demos.

 

Complete Tracklisting:

 

Disc 1 (original album tracklist)

 

1. Space
Oddity

2. Unwashed
and Somewhat Slightly Dazed

3. Letter
To Hermione

4. Cygnet
Committee

5. Janine

6. An
Occasional Dream

7. Wild
Eyed Boy From Freecloud

8. God
Knows I’m Good

9. Memory
Of A Free Festival

 

CD 2 (bonus tracks)

 

1.
Space Oddity (demo) [PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED]

One
of the earliest known demos of “Space Oddity,” recorded with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson around January
1969, although exact details of its recording date are unknown. Previously
unreleased and never bootlegged.

2.
An Occasional Dream (demo) [PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED]

Another
demo recorded with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson in March/April 1969 (exact details
of its recording date are unknown). Previously unreleased and never bootlegged.

3.
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side)

Produced by
Tony Visconti. Rare alternate version featuring the Paul Buckmaster
introduction recorded at Trident Studio in June 1969. Released as B-side to
“Space Oddity” in July 1969.

4.
Let Me Sleep Beside You (BBC Radio session, D.L.T. Show)

5.
Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (BBC Radio session, D.L.T. Show)
[PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED]

6.
Janine (BBC Radio session, D.L.T. Show)

Tracks 4-6
produced by Paul Williams.  Engineered by
Pete Ritzema. Recorded at Studio 2, Aeolian Hall, New Bond Street, London.
Recorded for the D.L.T. (Dave Lee Travis) Show on October 20, 1969 and
broadcast on October 26, 1969. “Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed” was the
only recording from this session broadcast at the time, however it has remained
unreleased commercially until now. While not broadcast at the time, both “Let
Me Sleep Beside You” and “Janine” were previously released in 2000 on
Virgin/EMI’s Bowie At The Beeb collection.

7.
London Bye Ta-Ta (stereo version)

Produced by
Tony Visconti. Recorded at the same Trident Studio Session as “The Prettiest
Star” in January 1970. Originally scheduled as the follow-up single to “Space
Oddity,”  this stereo version was
previously only available on Bowie’s
Sound & Vision 4CD box set. An
earlier version was recorded on March 12, 1968 at Decca Studios as a possible
single B-side.

8.
The Prettiest Star (stereo version)

Produced by
Tony Visconti. The original mono single version was recorded at Trident Studio
in January and released in March 1970 on Mercury Records as the follow-up
single to “Space Oddity.” This stereo version was previously only available on David Bowie: The Best Of 1969/1974. The
song itself was later re-recorded in 1973 for the Aladdin Sane album.

9.
Conversation Piece (stereo version) [PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED]

Produced
by Tony Visconti.  A previously
unreleased stereo mix of a track previously featured in mono on the B-side of
“The Prettiest Star,” released in March 1970. 
Bowie
re-recorded the song during 2000’s Toy sessions, with that version seeing the light of day in 2002 on the bonus CD
that came with initial copies of Heathen.

10.
Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 1) (single A-side)

11.
Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 2) (single B-side)

Produced by
Tony Visconti. Parts 1 and 2 of this electric version were re-recorded from the
album at Advision Studios in April 1970 and released as a single on Mercury
Records in June 1970. Both parts of the single were previously available on the
EMI/Ryko reissue of Space Oddity in
1990.

12.
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (alternate album mix) [PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED]

Produced by
Tony Visconti, engineered by Ken Scott, Malcolm Toft, & Barry
Sheffield.  A
previously unreleased mix of the full band album version.

13.
Memory Of A Free Festival (alternate album mix) [PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED]

Produced by
Tony Visconti.  Engineered by Ken Scott, Malcolm Toft and Barry Sheffield.

This
previously unreleased mix of the album version clocks in more than two minutes
longer than the original mix.

14.
London Bye Ta-Ta (alternate stereo mix) [PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED]

Produced by
Tony Visconti. Recording details same as track 7.  Previously unreleased version.

15.
Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (full-length stereo version) [PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED]

Produced
by Gus Dudgeon and Claudio Fabi. With an eye on the European market, this
Italian version of “Space Oddity,” translated as “Lonely Boy, Lonely Girl,” was
recorded at Morgan Studios on December 20, 1969 and released in Italy in 1970.
The single version previously appeared on Rare LP in 1983, but this version is previously unreleased.

 

 

 

 

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