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on 19 March 2002
If you're wanting 'Ziggy' or 'Thin White Duke' don't go here. If you want Bowie at his early creative freeflow, then "Space Oddity" is a great pit-stop. The title track (different from the original more acoustic Phillips version) is sublime and orchestra-rich. This version here was subsequently re-released in 1975 and became Bowie's first and most worthy Number 1 single in the UK. The balance between farewell to the 60s and hello 70s and beyond is most evident with "Letter To Hermonie" and "Memory of a Free Festival." The only missing item from the RCA pressing is the sleeve cover which RCA decided was best showing a still of Bowie from the "Space Oddity" video and the title shown on the cover in 'Apollo' styled lettering. The cover now is a mix of the photoshoot used for the 'Phillips' pressings (when the LP was titled "Man of Words, Man of Music"). This CD not only benefits from being remastered at 24-bit, the whole concept works and is a pillar amongst the great 1969 to 1971 albums, recorded by Bowie; Moody Blues; Joni Mitchell; and Cat Stevens - to name but a few. Unfortunately missing from this CD pressing is "Velvet Goldmine" which was recorded during the same sessions but is still available on compilations and as an extra track on the 1975 "Space Oddity" maxi-single release. "Velvet Goldmine" was not included on the original Phillips or RCA pressings, but did surface as a bonus track on the early 90s CD release. Nevertheless, this is Bowie in all his early images and lyrical flows. Brilliant time capsule, brilliant CD.
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