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Space Oddity (1969)

David Bowie
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Folk rock, Progressive rock, Psych folk

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David Bowie is a 1969 album by rock musician David Bowie, released under that title by Philips in the UK, and by Mercury in the U.S. as Man of Words/Man of Music. It was later rereleased by RCA as Space Oddity but reverted to the original, eponymous, title for a 2009 reissue. Regarding its mix of folk, balladry and prog rock, NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray have said, "Some of it belonged in '67 and some of it in '72, but in 1969 it all seemed vastly incongruous. Basically, David Bowie can be viewed in retrospect as all that Bowie had been and a little of what he would become, all jumbled up and fighting for control..."
Still one of Bowie's best-known songs, "Space Oddity" was a largely acoustic number augmented by the eerie tones of the composer's Stylophone, a pocket electronic organ. The title and subject matter were inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and introduced the character of Major Tom. Some commentators have also seen the song as a metaphor for heroin use, citing the opening countdown as analogous to the drug's passage down the needle prior to the euphoric 'hit', and noting Bowie's admission of a "silly flirtation with smack" in 1968. His

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5:15 Space Oddity (original demo)
6:12 Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed
0:43 (Don't Sit Down)
2:36 Letter to Hermione
9:36 Cygnet Committee
3:01 An Occasional Dream
4:51 Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
3:21 God Knows I’m Good
7:11 Memory of a Free Festival
3:23 Janine
0:43 (Don’t Sit Down)
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