40th Anniversary Edition
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Audio, Cassette, Original recording reissued, January 23, 1990
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Special 40th Anniversary two CD edition of David Bowie's classic 1969 album released in a digipak with an extensive booklet featuring rare photographs, memorabilia, and sleeve notes. Disc One features the original album remastered from the original analogue master tapes. Disc Two features 15 bonus tracks, of which eight are previously unreleased, including two ultra-rare demos. The album, produced by Tony Visconti (bar 'Space Oddity' itself which was produced by the late Gus Dudgeon), was a giant leap forward in terms of songwriting for Bowie compared to his eponymous debut, and can be considered as the first truly essential David Bowie album. Noted for a list of collaborators, including session players Herbie Flowers, Tim Renwick, Terry Cox and Rick Wakeman, the album delves into Psychedelic Folk-Rock, as well as Prog, with its genre-defying template creating a blueprint of what would become, over the next decade and more, one of the most inimitable British artists. EMI.
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I recently listened to the album again after almost 30 years. The song "Cygnet Committee" still gives me goosebumps when it reaches that Bolero-like crescendo and Bowie practically screams "I want to live" over and over. The title track will never get tiring for me, nor will "An Occasional Dream" or "Memory of a Free Festival." This one is definitely worth owning, and for Bowie fans, essential.
(5:14) Space Oddity
(6:10) Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed
(2:30) Letter To Hermione
(9:30) Cygnet Committee
(2:56) An Occasional Dream
(4:47) Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
(3:16) God Knows I'm Good
(7:07) Memory of a Free Festival
aspiring rock star scored an atmospheric and lyrical blockbuster album in 1969 that
not only showcases his mystical poetic artistry and creative versatility, but it bought
his groundbreaking career a step further. Space Oddity is a hallucinating, towering
piece de resistance that's highlighted by electrifying songwriting, exhilarating music
background, superb richly-textured excellence, spellbinding acoustic- electric guitar
solos and first rate storytelling, which made it such an astounding blockbuster from
The Psychadelic Era (1966-69). Starting on the haunting Top Ten hit Space Oddity
(the album's title), the pulsating track set then proceed extremely well at the speed
of light with other compelling tracks such as Unwashed And Somewhere, Letter To
Hermione, the soaring Cygnet Committee, Janine, Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud,
An Occasional Dream and his swift accordion-heralded Memory Of A Free Festival
(based on an arts festival he organized himself). Combining its solid mixture of folk
music, ballads and Prog-Rock, what is even ironic about Space Oddity is the way it
some wonderful experimentations which gave this masterpiece it's stunning cutting
edge, as it's demonstrated on Unwashed And Slightly Dazed, a song that reflects a
strong Bob Dylan influence and Wide-Eyed Boy From Freecloud, a Buddhism-style
song featuring a orchestra set up by Mark Ronson, who became his main guitarist.
What you get on the 2-CD edition are beautifully-crafted acoustic guitar versions of
Space Oddity and An Occasional Dream, a brief BBC Radio session, the vitriolic B-
-side classic London, Bye, Ta-Ta and his Italian-language version of the title track.
So if you want to hear Space Oddity in it's own deluxe format, here is your chance
to hear this complete edition, which make it one an absolute out of this world must,
one that will always maintain it's top within the heavens for countless of ages.