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David Bowie’s 'Space Oddity' gets 50th anniversary reissue


In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Parlophone Records has announced a special reissue of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’.

Featuring brand new mixes from iconic producer and long-standing Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, the special double 7″ single will be made available on July 12th.

The double single will feature ‘Space Oddity’ on Side A and ‘Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud’ on Side B. According to a press release, the box set will also include an information card and print featuring an image of Bowie taken by Jojanneke Claassen, a double-sided poster featuring an original print advertisement and, finally, a photo of Bowie taken by Ray Stevenson

The song, originally released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969, was also the opening track of his second studio album, David Bowie. ‘Space Oddity’ was David Bowie’s first single to chart in the UK and was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s pioneering sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In other Bowie-related news, Parlophone has also announced it will be releasing another huge collection of intimate recordings title The Mercury Demos.

Due out in June, the release collates 10 sumptuous early Bowie recordings form the spring of 1969. The songs were recorded with guitarist and vocalist John Hutchinson in his London flat to a reel tape machine. 

The tape was recorded for the A&R man of Mercury Records as a way to secure Bowie’s record deal with the company. It comes complete with a previously unheard version of ‘Space Oddity’ as well as nine other tracks including covers of Roger Bunn’s ‘Life is a Circus’ and Lesley Duncan’s ‘Love Song’.

The collection will come as part of an original idea as the housing of the records looks to emulate the original tape box which was sent to the company. As well as the housing the LP will be accompanied by a print, two contact photo sheets, sleeve notes by Mark Adams and with song titles in Bowie’s own handwriting.

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