1965 - 1966
DAVID BOWIE: 1964 - 1969
1967 - 1969

← Main Page 1964 1965 ↓

Davie Jones with the King Bees:

Liza Jane

(Vocalion Pop V.9221; UK 06/1964)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, machine-stamped matrix numbers, centre piece, company cover

Tracks: Liza Jane // Louie, Louie Go Home

Other notes: studio recordings, Decca Studios, West Hampstead, 1964

Collector's notes: Bowie's first ever record, of which Jarman assumes that about 500 copies were pressed. Note that this single has been counterfeited in the USA in the late 1970s. However, it is quite easy to distinguish the original from the counterfeit. The most reliable criterion is that the original has machine-stamped matrix numbers, whereas those of the counterfeit are hand-scratched. Moreover, the original had a centre piece, whereas the second issue came with a large centre hole. Even if the centre of the original has been removed, you should still be able to see the dents that show the former presence of the centre. But beware of counterfeits with a glued-in centre, as are sometimes offered! In case of doubt ask for the matrix number. Note that the presence of a cover (the counterfeit originally had none) is no reliable criterion: first, it is easy to supply a second issue with an original Vocalion company bag, and, second, there are reprints of Vocalion sleeves available. Again, see the entry of the counterfeit below.


Davie Jones with the King Bees:

Liza Jane

(Vocalion Pop V.9221; USA 1979 (UK 06/1964))

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, counterfeit of UK pressing, hand-scratched matrix numbers, large centre hole, company cover (reprint)

Tracks: Liza Jane // Louie, Louie Go Home

Other notes: studio recordings, Decca Studios, West Hampstead, 1964

Collector's notes: This is the counterfeit mentioned in the previous entry. See there for criteria to distinguish it from the original. Usually, the counterfeits are sold in plain bags. The Vocalion cover reprint has been provided by me.
There are even copies of the counterfeit in coloured vinyl... at least, these can hardly be confused with the original.


1964 ↑ 1965 1966 ↓

The Manish Boys:

I Pity the Fool

(Parlophone R 5250; UK 03/1965)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, white label promo, company cover

Tracks: I Pity the Fool // Take My Tip

Other notes: studio recordings, IBC Studios, Portland Place, 15/01/1965

Collector's notes: Bowie's second single. Since it was sold in very small quantities, promo issues are hardly rarer than stock copies.


1965 ↑ 1966 1967 ↓

David Bowie with the Lower Third:

Can't Help Thinking about Me

(Warner WB 5815; USA 03/1966)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, white label promo, company cover

Tracks: Can't Help Thinking about Me // And I Say to Myself

Other notes: studio recordings, Marble Arch Studios, London, late 1965

Collector's notes: Bowie's first ever US release. Again, sales were... negligible. So, in fact, promo copies turn up more often than stock copies - they're still quite rare, though!


David Bowie:

I Dig Everything

(Pye 7N.17157; UK 08/1966)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, push-out centre, company cover

Tracks: I Dig Everything // I'm Not Losing Sleep

Other notes: studio recordings, Pye Studios, London, 05/07/1966

Collector's notes: There are also copies with a solid centre.


1966 ↑ 1967 1969 ↓

David Bowie:

The Laughing Gnome

(Deram DM 123; UK 04/1967)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, inverted matrix number on label, company cover

Tracks: The Laughing Gnome // The Gospel According to Tony Day

Other notes: studio recordings, Decca Studios, West Hampstead, 26/01-08/03/1967

Collector's notes: Re-released in 1973 (to massive success), this record still confuses a lot of people, because they don't know how to distinguish the two issues. But it's quite easy. Deram used to print the matrix number of singles onto the labels. In the 1960s they printed them upside down above the catalogue number, whereas they printed the number in the correct way in the 1970s. So, if "DR 39798" is printed upside down, it's an original. Another significant difference is that the "printed" date (1967) is on the left-hand side of the label on the original, whereas it is located above the matrix and catalogue numbers on the right-hand side of the label on the re-issue.


David Bowie:

David Bowie

(Deram DE 16003; USA 04/1967)

Format: LP

Release notes: mono

Tracks: Uncle Arthur / Sell Me a Coat / Rubber Band / Love You till Tuesday / There Is a Happy Land / When I Live My Dream // Little Bombardier / Silly Boy Blue / Come and Buy My Toys / Join the Gang / She's Got Medals / Please Mr. Gravedigger

Other notes: recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, 14/11/1966-01/03/1967

Collector's notes: Bowie's first ever album release (it was issued earlier in the USA than in the UK). Sadly, the US edition of the album omits two tracks (We Are Hungry Men and Maid of Bond Street). It is available in both mono and stereo. The stereo issue is rarer than the mono release shown here, but the mono mixes are better (just my personal opininon). It sold only in small quantities, so many copies have a cut-out hole.
The mono copy has been counterfeited in the late 1980s, and, in fact, it is quite tricky to distinguish the editions, since both the original and the illegal re-issue have hand-scratched matrix numbers. The easiest criterion is the cover: the cover of the original is made of thick cardboard with the design of the back glued to the cover back as a paper sheet. The cover of the counterfeit is made of thin cardboard with the design of both the front and the back printed directly onto it.
Note that the fact that the original shown here has no blue margin at the top needn't be a reliable criterion for distinguishing it from the counterfeit! The picture on the cover front (including the spines) is also a paper sheet glued to the cardboard cover. And this paper sheet has a "mono margin" at the bottom and a "stereo margin" at the top. This allowed Deram to use the same sheet for both the mono and the stereo copies (a common practice at the time). Sometimes the front sheet was fixed a bit closer to the top (yielding a mono cover) and sometimes closer to the bottom (yielding a stereo cover). The inappropriate audio mode was then covered on the back of the cover by means of the back paper sheet. So there might be a large variety of the widths of the top and bottom margins.
The labels of the original and the counterfeit are also slightly different. The lighter colour of the label of the counterfeit can only be recognised by direct comparison, but the counterfeit hasn't got the groove pressed into the label close to the outer margin. Instead, it has a groove near the centre hole.



David Bowie:

David Bowie

(Deram DE 16003; USA 1988? (04/1967))

Format: LP

Release notes: mono, counterfeit

Tracks: see original album

Collector's notes: A very clever counterfeit of the USA mono issue! See the previous entry for information on how to distinguish it from the original. I wouldn't be surprised if even quite a few serious collectors were fooled by this release.


David Bowie:

David Bowie

(Deram DES 18003; USA 04/1967)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see mono issue

Collector's notes: This is the rarer stereo issue mentioned in the entry of the mono version. Note the different position of the blue margin.


David Bowie:

David Bowie

(Deram SML 1007; Germany 1967)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: Uncle Arthur / Sell Me a Coat / Rubber Band / Love You till Tuesday / There Is a Happy Land / We Are Hungry Men / When I Live My Dream // Little Bombardier / Silly Boy Blue / Come and Buy My Toys / Join the Gang / She's Got Medals / Maid of Bond Street / Please Mr. Gravedigger

Other notes: recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, 14/11/1966-01/03/1967

Collector's notes: The German issue of Bowie's first LP was available in stereo only. The track listing is identical to that of the UK issue, i.e. it includes We Are Hungry Men and Maid of Bond Street.


David Bowie:

Rubber Band

(Deram 45-DEM-85009; USA 06/1967)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, promo, company cover

Tracks: Rubber Band (album version) // There Is a Happy Land

Collector's notes: The US single actually plays the album version of the A-side. According to Jarman, he has been unable to find a stock copy of this record. However, on his David Bowie 7" Singles website Chas Pearson shows such an elusive stock copy. Originally, I doubted that this was actually a stock copy, due to the "DEM" infix in the catalogue number (which could either stand for "demo(nstration copy)" or for "Deram"). But I have also seen pictures of other regular singles with such a number, some even with a cut-out hole - and what sense would a cut-out hole make in a promo? So, ultimately, there are stock copies!


David Bowie:

Love You till Tuesday

(Deram DM 135; UK 07/1967)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, company cover

Tracks: Love You till Tuesday (single version)* // Did You Ever Have a Dream**

Other notes: *studio recording, Decca Studios, London, **03/06/1967; studio recording, Decca Studios, London, 24/11/1966


David Bowie:

Love You till Tuesday

(Deram 45-DEM-85016; USA 08/1967)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, promo, company cover

Tracks: Love You till Tuesday (single version)* // Did You Ever Have a Dream**

Other notes: *studio recording, Decca Studios, London, **03/06/1967; studio recording, Decca Studios, London, 24/11/1966


David Bowie:

Love You till Tuesday

(Deram 45-85016; USA 08/1967)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, promo, company cover

Tracks: Love You till Tuesday (single version)* // Did You Ever Have a Dream**

Other notes: *studio recording, Decca Studios, London, **03/06/1967; studio recording, Decca Studios, London, 24/11/1966

Collector's notes: An alternative promo issue.


David Bowie:

Love You till Tuesday

(Deram DM. 135; Germany 10/1967)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS (colour copy)

Tracks: Love You till Tuesday (single version)* // Did You Ever Have a Dream**

Other notes: *studio recording, Decca Studios, London, **03/06/1967; studio recording, Decca Studios, London, 24/11/1966

Collector's notes: The first ever German Bowie record (and the third worldwide to have a picture sleeve), but it is not clear if it was available commercially. According to Jarman, all copies have a sample sticker and a release date stamp on the label. This, however, is not correct: my copy is neither stamped, nor does it bear a sticker (or marks showing that there once was one). But this doesn't mean it's a stock copy actually distributed to record shops, since a few copies might have slipped out of the pressing plant without having been marked. The cover shown here is a colour copy (not a computer print) of the original picture sleeve. It is made from a cover that has the catalogue number hand-written in the top left corner, which supports the assumption that the record was distributed for promotional reasons only: who, except a radio station or another institution supplied with promos, would write the catalogue number on the cover of a record?
The picture on both sides of my colour copy has obviously been taken from the same side of the original sleeve, so it's not worthwhile showing the back here.


David Bowie:

Love You till Tuesday

(Deram DM 135; Netherlands 10/1967)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Love You till Tuesday (single version)* // Did You Ever Have a Dream**

Other notes: *studio recording, Decca Studios, London, **03/06/1967; studio recording, Decca Studios, London, 24/11/1966

Collector's notes: The first Dutch Bowie single and the fourth with a picture sleeve. The cover design is identical to that of the South African issue released a month earlier.


1967 ↑ 1969 1970 →

David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips BF 1801; UK 07/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, "mono" on lbl., no centre, company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity (UK single edit) // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969 (see collector's notes for comment on the different edits)

Collector's notes: The UK single version of Space Oddity is edited out at the end, Wild Eyed Boy omits parts of the intro (including the spoken introduction).
There a several variations of the UK issue: some have a centre piece, some haven't, some have "mono" printed onto the labels, some haven't. There are even (very rare) copies with a solid centre. And there are also stereo promos. Jarman claims that the company bag shown in this entry is the most appropriate one, and the first issue might actually have been sold in this sleeve, but many copies seem to have been sold in the sleeves shown in the next two entries.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips BF 1801; UK 07/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, "mono" on label, centre piece, company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity (UK single edit) // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: This is one one of the rarer copies with a centre piece ("mono" variation).


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips BF 1801; UK 07/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, no "mono" on label, no centre, company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity (UK single edit) // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: Note the minimally different label design (apart from the lack of the word "mono"): "Philips" isn't in boldface.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips BF 1801; UK 07/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, no "mono" on label, centre piece, company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity (UK single edit) // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: A fourth label variation - identical to the previous version, but with a centre piece.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Mercury DJ-133; USA 07/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity (US single edit) // Space Oddity (US single edit)

Collector's notes: This is the first of two different US promos for Space Oddity. Note that this one has been counterfeited, but the copy can be distinguished from the original rather easily: the matrix numbers of the original are machine-stamped, those of the counterfeit are hand-scratched. Moreover, the label margins of the counterfeit are cut somewhat sloppily.
The USA single version of Space Oddity is heavily edited, both at the beginning and the end of the song. In the USA it was still commonplace at the time that a potential hit single shouldn't exceed the three minute boundary too much.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Mercury DJ-133; (USA 07/1969))

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, promo-only, counterfeit, company cover (original)

Tracks: Space Oddity (US single edit) // Space Oddity (US single edit)

Collector's notes: This is the counterfeit mentioned in the previous entry, see there for criteria to distinguish the issues. Note that the counterfeit normally comes in a plain sleeve. The company cover has been provided by me.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Mercury 72949; USA 07/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity (US single edit) // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (US single edit)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: Most US stock copies have a drill-hole through the label. Obviously, Space Oddity wasn't a major hit in the USA...
Like Space Oddity, Wild Eyed Boy was heavily edited for the single release - almost to the point of absurdity! Parts of the lyrics are missing at the beginning of the song, so that they don't make any sense at all.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips 704 201 BW; Germany 09/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: label says mono, but record plays stereo, PS 1

Tracks: Space Oddity // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (full length single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: This single and some other continental European releases are the only original sources of the full length version of this recording of Wild Eyed Boy, including the full intro with Bowie's spoken introduction. Space Oddity is the full length album version on this and the other continental European issues.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips 704 201 BW; Germany 09/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: label says mono, but record plays stereo, PS 2

Tracks: Space Oddity // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (full length single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: A cover variation - the back shows different record promotion. Same record (and thus labels) as in the previous entry. Note that the different colours of the text on the cover front are not (only) due to different scanners having been used for making the pictures: the title and artist's name are actually a bit darker on the cover of this issue.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips 704 201 BW; Italy 09/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: juke box promo, NC

Tracks: Space Oddity // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (full length single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: In an earlier version I wrote that the B-side of this single had a different edit. That was wrong. I confused the version included here with the one on the counterfeit of the Ragazzo Solo single.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips 704 201 BW; Italy 09/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: black label, PS

Tracks: Space Oddity // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (full length single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: Jarman only lists a blue label copy. By contrast, Chad Pearson's David Bowie 7" Singles website only shows the black label version. So either it is the same as with the Ragazzo Solo single, namely that both versions exist, or Jarman might have things mixed up here.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips 704 201 BW; Netherlands 09/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Space Oddity // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (full length single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: The overall layout of the cover is identical to that of the German and Italian issues, but the editions can be distinguished by the colour of the title/artist's name.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips 304201; New Zealand 10/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (full length single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: Originally, I wrote that this might be an Australian release, because Jarman classifies it as such. However, after checking both Discogs and Chas Pearson's page, I've come to the conclusion that it is actually a unique New Zealand issue. I have retained Jarman's release date, though, since Australian and New Zealand releases were often issued at the same time. Note that I have shown the B-side label because it's cleaner.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Philips 304.201 F; France 10/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, pink squares on back

Tracks: Space Oddity // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (full length single version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969

Collector's notes: According to Jarman, there are two variations of the cover back. On both issues the B-side title is mis-spelt Wild Eyed Boy from Freedom on the front.


David Bowie:

David Bowie

(Philips SBL.7912; UK 11/1969)

Format: LP

Release notes: FOC

Tracks: Space Oddity / Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed / Don't Sit Down* / Letter to Hermione / Cygnet Committee // Janine / An Occasional Dream / Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud / God Knows I'm Good / Memory of a Free Festival

Other notes: recorded at Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969-10/1969; *not listed on cover

Collector's notes: The original UK issue of Bowie's second album, which was later known as Space Oddity, contains Don't Sit Down - a short piece of music attached to the end of Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed and not listed on the cover. Until 1990, this was the last official release of this "song".


David Bowie:

Man of Words/Man of Music

(Mercury SR 61246; USA 11/1969)

Format: LP

Release notes: white label promo, FOC

Tracks: Space Oddity / Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed / Letter to Hermione / Cygnet Committee // Janine / An Occasional Dream / Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud / God Knows I'm Good / Memory of a Free Festival

Other notes: recorded at Trident Studios, London, 20/06/1969-10/1969

Collector's notes: The US edition of Bowie's second LP was re-titled Man of Words/Man of Music and omits Don't Sit Down. For about twenty years this was the standard format of the album, since all RCA re-issues (titled Space Oddity) were musically identical to this US edition.
Note that the American title turns up only on the cover. The label simply calls the album David Bowie.


David Bowie:

Man of Words/Man of Music

(Mercury SR 61246; USA 11/1969)

Format: LP

Release notes: FOC

Tracks: see promo issue

Collector's notes: The US cover (identical to the one in the previous entry) was also used to accommodate Canadian pressings. These have a black label and the "printed" date 1970. So don't get puzzled if you come across one of these.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Mercury DJ-156; USA 12/1969)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity (US mono single edit) // Space Oddity (US stereo single edit)

Collector's notes: When Mercury re-distributed Space Oddity at the end of the year, they issued this second and rarer promo. It is strange that it isn't this one, but the commoner DJ-133 promo, that has been counterfeited.


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