David Bowie in 1969
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David Bowie's "Space Oddity" Getting Special Reissue For 50th Anniversary
On July 11, 1969, the world was properly introduced to the visionary shapeshifter David Bowie with "Space Oddity," the lead single to his second studio album, David Bowie [Space Oddity]. The song became the GRAMMY winner's first hit (of many) in the U.S. and his native U.K.
Now, thanks to a 50th anniversary vinyl reissue via Parlophone, we can experience the launching of our favorite spaceman all over again.
Parlophone is releasing a double 7” single of Space Oddity featuring new remixes by @Tonuspomus. The box set and a 1 track digital single of the single edit of the 2019 mix of Space Oddity for streaming and download will be released on 12th July. More here https://t.co/Sg1Ue0b9Y4 pic.twitter.com/C2FKENLuNn
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) May 9, 2019
The 50th anniversary box set, which is available for pre-order now, will be released on July 12. It will include two 7" vinyls, the first of which features the original single edit of "Space Oddity," cut from the original analog master tape, along with "Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud" on the B side, another track from Bowie's sophomore album.
The second record will feature two all-new mixes of both tracks, from longtime Bowie collaborator and GRAMMY-winning producer Tony Visconti. Visconti's mix of "Space Oddity" will also be released as a digital single on July 12.
"This is Major Tom to Ground Control. / I'm stepping through the door / And I'm floating in a most peculiar way. / And the stars look very different today." Bowie's compelling storytelling and dreamy sounds explored on "Space Oddity" undeniably still resonate in our minds and our music to this day.
The song's otherworldly nature was born from sci-fi inspiration. As the press release details, it was "inspired by Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, [and] gained huge popularity when it was adopted as the unofficial theme of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission which launched five days after the single's release."
This special-edition vinyl follows several other recent ones from U.K. record label Parlophone to continue the legacy of the incomparable Bowie, including several demo track releases. Last month, they announced The Mercury Demos, originally recorded in 1969. At the start of the year they revealed the forthcoming Spying Through A Keyhole, another set of early Bowie demos, including what is believed to be the first demo recording of "Space Oddity."
During his prolific career reshaping music, art and fashion, Bowie won five GRAMMY Awards, as well as a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2018, "Space Oddity" was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, joining his "Changes" and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.