Monday, June 3, 2019

David Bowie to release Space Oddity 50th anniversary single

David Bowie’s team will mark the 50th anniversary of his 1969 single, “Space Oddity”, with a new release of the legendary song.

Due July 12, the package will present a special double 7” single of “Space Oddity” featuring brand new mixes by Tony Visconti.

The 2019 mix of the single will be presented in a boxed set including a double-sided poster featuring an original “Space Oddity” print advertisement and a Ray Stevenson shot of Bowie taken on stage at the “Save Rave ‘69” concert at the London Palladium on November 30, 1969, the backdrop featuring a N.A.S.A. astronaut; the package also includes an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the “Space Oddity” promo single cover session.

The cover of the original mono single is the rare U.K. promotional picture sleeve which, along with the label, features the original Philips trademark specifically cleared for this 50th anniversary release.

The single itself has been cut from the original analog single master tape, while the jacket housing the 2019 mixes by Tony Visconti is a new design featuring an alternative Ray Stevenson shot from the “Save Rave ‘69” concert to that on the poster.

First released as a 7-inch single on July 11, 1969, “Space Oddity” was also the opening track of David Bowie’s self-titled second studio album. Initially inspired by Stanley Kubrick's film “2001: A Space Odyssey”, the song gained a huge popularity when it was adopted as the unofficial theme of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission that launched five days after the single’s release.

The song was Bowie’s first hit on both sides of the Atlantic, hitting No. 5 in the UK in 1969, No. 1 in the UK in 1975, and No. 15 in the US in 1973.

The vinyl set and a one-track digital release of the single edit of the 2019 mix of “Space Oddity” for streaming and download will be issued on the same day.

See also:

David Bowie: 1969 Mercury Demos vinyl release due next month
David Bowie: Clareville Grove Demos vinyl singles box set announced
David Bowie vinyl box set to feature Space Oddity demos
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