The second full-length studio album by legendary British Psychedelic/Folk/Progressive Rock singer.
The album came about after Bowie had made the transition from a Cabaret/Avant-garde-inspired musician to a Hippie/Folk-based sound and as such the album is a major turning point from his 1967 debut. It's generally considered Bowie's first Rock album.
The album was released as “David Bowie” by Philips in the UK, and as "Man Of Words/Man Of Music" by Mercury in the US. It was reissued in 1972 by RCA Records as "Space Oddity". "Space Oddity" was the name used for CD releases of the album in 1984, 1990 and 1999, but it reverted to the original, eponymous title for 2009 and 2015 reissues.
"Don't Sit Down", an unlisted 40-second jam heard after the album's second song on the UK Philips LP, was excluded from the US Mercury release and from the 1972 RCA reissue. The piece was included once again (and listed as an independent track) on CD releases of the album in the 1990s. The 2009 and 2015 reissues returned the piece to its original status as a hidden track.
The album itself however, proved another dead end in a career that was gradually piling up an awful lot of such things. Although the opening track, "Space Oddity", had given Bowie a No. 5 hit in the UK Singles Chart earlier in the year, the remainder of the material bore little resemblance to it and the album was a commercial failure on its initial release, despite some decent reviews. However the November 1972 reissue, released in the wake of Bowie's breakthrough "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" and featuring a contemporary Ziggy photo on the cover, made No. 17 in the UK charts and No. 16 in the United States.
Remastered heavyweight 180 g vinyl in gatefold cover. Replica of original die-cut inner sleeve included.
Parlophone Records Ltd., A Warner Music Group Company, 1969/2016 (0825646287390 (DB 69731)). Made in Germany.
1. Space Oddity 5:14
2. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed 6:51
3. Letter To Hermione 2:32
4. Cygnet Committee 9:31
1. Janine 3:21
2. An Occasional Dream 2:54
3. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud 4:46
4. God Knows I'm Good 3:17
5. Memory Of A Free Festival 7:09
Total playing time: 45:35 min.