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David Bowie

Space Oddity

180 Gram Vinyl 'Space Oddity' was the first record on which David Bowie looked and sounded like the Bowie whom the world has come to know One glance at the spooky androgynous face that adorns the record was enough to signal that the Anthony Newleyinfluenced lightpop singer who sang the novelty number 'The Laughing Gnome' a few years earlier was a thing of the past Leaving behind the mannered English music hallisms of his initial recordings Bowie roughened up the sound creating a ragged eclectic mix of folk and rock tinged with electronic sounds The record yielded his first American hit and began the singer's soontobe meteoric rise to international rock iconhood The title track a scifi miniepic is an enduring classic in which Bowie squeezes every bit of drama from both his dour low range and the soaring upper reaches of his voice Even after decades of continued airplay 'Space Oddity' is surprising for its intricate arrangement nifty guitar playing and palpable sense of interplanetary estrangement Other fine and lesserknown musical moments include the sublimely subdued 'Letter to Hermione' and the sprawling and strange 'Memory of a Free Festival'

  • 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

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