EMI have released details of a 40th Anniversary Edition of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' album which will be issued on the 12th October 2009.
The album, produced by Tony Visconti [bar 'Space Oddity' itself which was produced by the late Gus Dudgeon], was a giant leap forward in terms of songwriting for Bowie compared to his eponymous debut, and can be considered as the first truly essential David Bowie album. Noted for a list of collaborators, including session players Herbie Flowers, Tim Renwick, Terry Cox and Rick Wakeman, the album delves into psychedelic folk-rock, as well as prog, with its genre-defying template creating a blueprint of what would become over the next decade and more, one of the most inimitable British artists.
A 2-CD version will be released in a digipack complete with an extensive booklet featuring rare photographs, memorabilia, and sleeve notes by Kevin Cann. CD1 features the original album remastered from the original analogue masters tapes, whilst CD2 features 15 bonus tracks of which eight are previously unreleased, including two ultra-rare demos. One of the earliest known demo's of 'Space Oddity' recorded around January 1969, although exact details of it's recording date are unknown, with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson. Previously unreleased and never bootlegged. 'An Occasional Dream' [Demo] again a never bootlegged demo recorded with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson in March/April 1969. Plus you'll also be able to get your hands on a lovely 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl LP !!