David Bowie/Space Oddity
(Philips SBL 7912), November 1969 (UK)
Space Oddity/Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed/Don't Sit Down/Letter To Hermione/Cygnet Committee/Janine/An Occasional Dream/The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud/God Knows I'm Good/Memory Of A Free Festival.
1990 Rykodisc (RCD 10131)/EMI (CDP 79 1835 2) bonus tracks: Conversation Piece/Memory Of A Free Festival (part 1)/Memory Of A Free Festival (part 2).
40th Anniversary 2CD Edition bonus disc: Space Oddity (demo)/An Occasional Dream (demo)/The Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud (B-side)/Let Me Sleep Beside You (live)/Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (live)/Janine (live)/London Bye Ta-Ta (Stereo Version)/The Prettiest Star (Stereo Version)/Conversation Piece (Stereo Version)/Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 1)/Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 2)/The Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Alternate Album Mix)/Memory Of A Free Festival (Alternate Album Mix)/London Bye Ta-Ta (Alternate Stereo Mix)/Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (Full Length Stereo Version).
Issued in a different cover (second) in the US as David Bowie/ (Mercury 61246), without 'Don't Sit Down' (which is not listed on the cover of the Philips issue). Both editions appeared in a gatefold sleeve. All subsequent re-releases were called Space Oddity, the first of which appeared in 1972 on RCA (LSP 4813), in an updated Ziggy sleeve (third). The RCA reissues dropped 'Don't Sit Down', which subsequently would be unavailable for almost 20 years. Initial pressings of the RCA reissue came with a poster of the album cover; the Spanish edition was titled Odisea Espacial. Reissued throughout the 1980s as RCA budget LPs, dropping the poster and lyrics on the inner sleeve. The 1990 Rykodisc reissue (RALP 0131-2) was a 2LP on clear vinyl, with the bonus tracks (see above) on side 3; the EMI edition (EMC 3571) squeezed these onto a single LP and came on plain black vinyl. The final release on LP was in the Simply Vinyl series (EMI/Simply Vinyl SVLP 263) in 2000.
First issued on CD in 1985 on RCA PD 84813. The 1990 Rykodisc/EMI re-release contained bonus tracks (see above). As part of its 1999 remaster series, EMI released this album with a cover adopted from the original Philips artwork (EMI 7243 521898 0 9; fourth). Musically, it was identical to the Philips LP, including 'Don't Sit Down'. In 2007, the remaster was released as a mini LP replica in Japan (EMI TOCP-70141), meticuously copying the original album artwork except for the Philips logo (fifth); also see in which the entire series could be stored. Released as a Super High Material CD (SHM CD) in Japan in 2009 (EMI TOCP-95041) in the same artwork as the mini LP.
The 40th Anniversary Edition (EMI DBSOCD 40; bottom), released in 2009, was welcomed for its remastered sound close to the original album but especially for its bonus disc. The 'Space Oddity' demo is from a different source than the well-known bootleg; the live tracks are from the BBC session.
The 2015 remaster from the Five Years box was released separately in a jewel case (Parlophone 0825646283453). Reissued on blue vinyl (DBISHLP 2015) for the 'David Bowie Is' exhibition in Groningen. This LP came with the US artwork (second), but, contrary to the original release, included 'Don't Sit Down'.