David Bowie (aka “Man of Words / Man of Music” then “Space Oddity”)

~ Release group by David Bowie

Annotation

Originally released untitled. Later reissues were given the title of the first track.

Annotation last modified on 2011-07-06 12:31 UTC.

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
David Bowie12" Vinyl10
  • GB1969-11-04
PhilipsSBL7912[none]
Man of Words/Man of Music12" Vinyl10
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)SR 61246
Space Oddity12" Vinyl9
  • US1972-11-10
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle), RCA VictorLSP-4813[none]
Space Oddity (price code Ⓑ)12" Vinyl9
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)461008[none]
Space Oddity12" Vinyl9
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)RVP 6124[none]
Space OddityCD9
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)PCD1-4813078635481327
Space OddityCD9
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)PD848130035628481320
Space Oddity (Ryko remaster)CD13
  • US1990-01-30
RykodiscRCD 10131[none]
Space Oddity (Ryko remaster)12" Vinyl13
  • US1990-01-30
Ryko AnalogueRALP 0131-2014431013119
Space OddityCD13
  • JP1990-05-09
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-62024988006644632
Space Oddity (Ryko remaster)CD13
RykodiscRCD 10131014431013126
Space OddityCD13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDEMC 3571, CDP 79 1835 20077779183524
Space OddityCD13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDEMC 3571, CDP 79 1835 2077779183524
David BowieCD10
  • JP1999-09-29
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-653054988006775237
Space OddityEnhanced CD10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Virgin Records America, Inc. (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”)7243 521898 0 9724352189809
Space Oddity12" Vinyl10
Simply VinylSVLP 263643346026312
Space Oddity (BMG Direct)Enhanced CD10
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc.7243 52189809, D 148376[none]
Space OddityCD10
  • JP2005-07-06
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-535404988006831919
Space OddityCD10
  • JP2007-01-10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-701414988006849778
David Bowie2×CD9 + 15
  • XE2009-10-12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999-307522-2-1, DBSOCD 405099930752221
David BowieSHM-CD10
  • JP2009-10-28
EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint)TOCP-950414988006875968
David Bowie2×CD9 + 15
  • US2009-11-17
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Virgin Records America, Inc. (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”)50999-307522-2-1, DBSOCD 405099930752221
Space Oddity (40th aniv. ltd. edition)CD9
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999-307530-1-35099930753013
David Bowie (2015 remaster)CD9
  • XE2015-09-25
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)08256462834530825646283453
David Bowie (2015 remaster)CD9
  • US2015-09-25
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)RPR2-218988825646283453
David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) (2015 remaster)Digital Media9
  • US2015-11-06
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)825646286133
Space Oddity (2019 mix)Digital Media10
  • US2019-11-14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)190295410711
Space Oddity (2019 mix)CD10
  • XE2019-11-15
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0190295405731, DBSOCD500190295405731
Space Oddity (2019 mix)CD10
  • JP2019-11-27
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0190295405731, DBSOCD50, WPCR-182994943674305407
Promotion
Space Oddity (40th anniversary edition)2×CD9 + 15
EMI Music Catalogue Marketing (a division of EMI Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG)[none]

Relationships

included in:Conversation Piece
Five Years 1969–1973
Space Oddity / The Man Who Sold the World
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/32337 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/nz25 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/david_bowie/david_bowie_f2/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000251934 [info]
Wikidata:Q1648283 [info]

CritiqueBrainz Reviews

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There has always been more to Bowie's second album than that prescient, if over-familiar, title song, as this two-disc re-mastered edition proves.

In 1969 it was released in the UK as David Bowie and in the US as Man of Words/Man of Music. Three years later, with Ziggy-mania abounding, it was re-issued with an even more pragmatic name, and soared to, um, number 17. Generations of Bowie fans have thus always perceived it as an afterthought, a pallid sibling to the golden run which followed, a runt which spawned one cosmic hit and was padded out with hippie folk songs.

How wrong you can be. It sounds extraordinary today, so flecked with genius that the wonder is not that Bowie broke big afterwards but that he didn't sooner. Perhaps the last great 60s album, with shades of prog and sprinkles of Sgt. Pepper's, it's an elegy to that decade's corroding ideals. The climactic Memory of a Free Festival perfectly captures the desire for escape from society's shackles that coloured the times yet also seems smart enough to mock itself, knowing that bliss is, as he puts it in another lovely ballad, An Occasional Dream. In this blend of abandonment and self-awareness lay Bowie's genius (a blend which later culminated in Young Americans, both completely fabricated and completely soulful). He never accepted that the textbook doesn't allow you to be simultaneously arch and angst-ridden, and his innate ambivalence fuelled songs which proudly endure.

Gus Dudgeon produced the title track; Tony Visconti, who tackled the rest, had rejected it as "gimmicky", then brought in a 50-piece orchestra for Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud. On Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed, bluesy rock hits places it didn't previously know existed. Bowie hadn't yet learned to self-edit, so you get guttural struts like "I'm a phallus in pigtails", but also yearning sighs of "don't turn your nose up / well you can if you want to, you won't be the first or last". There are inspired torch songs, then Cygnet Committee - a bold, ten-minute rant against Vietnam-era platitudes. It's a dark horse in the Bowie canon: a simmering contender for his masterpiece.

The second CD gives us demos and sessions: the wry, pithy Janine, alternate mixes of the epics, and an Italian version of Space Oddity (titled Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola) which coaxes awe from absurdity. His next trick was to wow the crowd, but this intricate, intriguing work should never again be underestimated.