1976 - 1977
DAVID BOWIE: 1975 - 1979
1978 - 1979

← 1974 1975 1976 ↓

David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA JB-10152; USA 01/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Young Americans (album version)


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA PB-10152; USA 01/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: orange label with promo sticker (on B-side), company cover

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Knock on Wood*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: The US issue of the Young Americans single plays a heavily edited version that omits an entire verse.
Since the release of Young Americans fell into the short period in which RCA USA used the old orange labels, the short-lived grey labels and the gold labels that became the standard for some time, original copies of this single are available in all three label colours.


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA PB-10152; USA 01/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: grey label, company cover

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Knock on Wood*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA PB-10152; USA 01/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: gold label with promo sticker, company cover

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Knock on Wood*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA PB-10152; Canada 01/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Knock on Wood*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: Originally, I wrote that the company sleeve is a later, incorrect one, but since I've seen other copies of this record offered in this cover, it may actually have been used for this release.


David Bowie:

Knock on Wood

(RCA SPBO-9185; Spain 02/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: original label design, PS without album promotion

Tracks: Knock on Wood* // Changes

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: Interestingly, the B-side is not the live version from David Live, but the studio version from Hunky Dory. According to Jarman, there are also copies with album promotion on the sleeve.


David Bowie:

David Live

(RCA SPL2-9913; Spain 1975)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC, 2 OIS

Tracks: 1984 / Rebel Rebel / Moonage Daydream / Sweet Thing (incl. Candidate/Sweet Thing [Reprise]) // Big Brother / The Width of a Circle / The Jean Genie / Rock'n'Roll Suicide // Changes / Suffragette City / Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) / All the Young Dudes // Rock'n'Roll with Me / Watch That Man / Knock on Wood / Diamond Dogs

Other notes: live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974; Spanish issue with different order of sides and Cracked Actor omitted

Collector's notes: The Spanish issue of David Live, which was released in 1975, judging from a date on the cover (despite the "Depósito Legal" date 1974 on the labels), is rather odd. First of all, it omits Cracked Actor, probably because the lyrics didn't seem acceptable to the authorities - note that there doesn't seem to be an original Spanish early 1970s release of Aladdin Sane, either. Second, disc 1 couples sides 1 and 4 of the standard issues, and disc 2 couples sides 2 and 3!
There are also (probably later) copies with a sans-serif typeface on the labels and plain white inner sleeves. The recording dates on the inner of the cover are the incorrect ones familiar from the German issues or the original British release.


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA 2523; UK 02/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: solid center, company cover

Tracks: Young Americans // Suffragette City*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: The UK issue plays the full-length album version.


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA XB-01003 26.11250; Germany 02/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Suffragette City*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: Despite the fact that the short version of Young Americans is usually called the "US mix", this short version is also used on all other issues I have, except the British and Polish ones.


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA XB 01003; France 02/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Suffragette City*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA SRCA/SB-88823; Yugoslavia 02/1975

Format: 7"

Release notes: -

Tracks: Young Americans // Suffragette City*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: The labels have the catalogue number "SRCA-88823", whereas the cover has "SB-88823".


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA APL1-0998 26.21488 AS; Germany 03/1975)

Format: LP

Release notes: no label code on cover and labels

Tracks: Young Americans / Win / Fascination / Right // Somebody Up There Likes Me / Across the Universe / Can You Hear Me / Fame

Other notes: recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/08/1974-11/1974

Collector's notes: This is the first German issue of this album, most easily identifiable by the absence of a label code on the cover and the labels. A further difference to the second issue is that the original has the catalogue number in the top right corner of the cover front (though this is difficult to see).


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA APL1-0998; Italy 04/1975)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS, advertising insert

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: As regards the exact release date of this record, there is contradictory information on the label ("4/75") and the cover back ("3/75"), but I'll go for the later date, for who would antedate the release of a record?
This copy includes a small (11,5 x 18,5 cm) flyer promoting some Italian book on Bowie, but I can't say if this flyer was originally included (and if it came with all copies).


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA 6285; Japan 04/1975)

Format: LP

Release notes: manufactured by Victor Musical Industries, insert

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: This is the first Japanese issue, which can be identified by its being made by "Victor Musical Industries", who stopped pressing RCA records in 1975 (see the remarks on the Japanese Starman single).



David Bowie:

Jóvenes Americanos

(RCA AVS-4322; Argentina 1975)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see German issue

Other notes: Argentine issue of Young Americans

Collector's notes: One of the few major cover variations that I know of: the title has been replaced by its Spanish translation.


David Bowie/Betty Wright:

Young Americans

(RCA TPJB 1127; Italy 04/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: jukebox promo-only, NC

Tracks: David Bowie: Young Americans (US single edit) // Betty Wright: Shoorah! Shoorah!

Collector's notes: There is also a rare promo-only die-cut picture sleeve for this one (not the die-cut version of the regular picture sleeve - such covers seem to have been used, too).


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA XB 01003; Italy 04/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Suffragette City*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: A very nice, but somehow inappropriate picture sleeve. Note that the labels give "2/75" as the release date, which, however, appears much too early - especially because the date on the promo is "4/75".


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA SS-2447; Japan 04/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: 1st pressing ("Victor Musical Industries" on label), textured PS (insert with company cover)

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Suffragette City*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: This is the first pressing, identifiable by the manufacturing company on the label. Unlike the second pressing copy in the next entry, this one has a textured insert.


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA SS-2447; Japan (04/1975))

Format: 7"

Release notes: 2nd pressing ("RVC corporation" on label), smooth PS (insert with company cover)

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Suffragette City*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: A second pressing with a minor cover variation: the cover (i.e. insert) is made of non-textured paper. But note that there are also second pressings that came with a textured sleeve.


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA XB 01003; New Zealand 04/1975

Format: 7"

Release notes: "Heads"/"Tails" labels, company cover

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Suffragette City*

Other notes: *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: The company bag of this record might be inappropriate.


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(Tonpress R-0681; Poland 1975?)

Format: 7" sound postcard

Release notes: mono, one-sided, "city" picture, PS

Tracks: Young Americans

Collector's notes: The Polish sound postcards play the full-length version of the track.
Tonpress was a regular Polish record label, so these sound postcards seem to be official releases, not pirate issues like the later Russian flexi discs. But despite these discs being official products, I strongly recommend not to buy them for their sound quality!
There are at least three different issues of this disc, and there may be more. This one has a nice view of a city... which doesn't look very American, though... Note that the Polish text on the front of the sleeve of this issue and the next isn't the title, but simply means "picture sound card". However, the artist and title are given on the back of the cover (see the scan), which is why I classified the cover as a picture sleeve, rather than a company bag. The cover back of the two picture covers is identital, except for the different shades of green.
Since sound postcards like these don't have a label, I have shown the back of the disc, which is identical for all three issues.




David Bowie:

Young Americans

(Tonpress R-0681; Poland 1975?)

Format: 7" sound postcard

Release notes: mono, one-sided, "girls" picture, PS

Tracks: Young Americans

Collector's notes: A more appropriate picture, since it shows young people at least. But I strongly suspect they aren't young Americans...




David Bowie:

Young Americans

(Tonpress R-0681; Poland 1975?)

Format: 7" sound postcard

Release notes: mono, one-sided, "girls/boys" picture

Tracks: Young Americans

Collector's notes: This is the last issue of this record that I have discovered so far. I have seen a copy offered in the same "picture cover" as the first of the three issues listed here. Again, we have young people dancing... but still no young Americans, I'm afraid...


David Bowie:

The London Boys

(Decca F 13579; UK 05/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: original label design, company cover

Tracks: The London Boys // Love You till Tuesday (album version)

Collector's notes: There is also a re-pressing from 1981 with a different label design.


David Bowie:

There Is a Happy Land

(Decca 86.086; France 05/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: There Is a Happy Land // The London Boys

Collector's notes: This is a very rare record. It's a rather weird issue: in fact, according to the labels (and the cover) the A-side should play The London Boys, and the B-side should play Love You till Tuesday. Not many of these seem to have been made...


David Bowie:

Images

(Deram DPA 3017/8; UK 05/1975)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC, "soul" photo cover with typo

Tracks: see original US issue

Other notes: re-issue of Images 1966-1967 (1973)

Collector's notes: After two years, this almost complete collection of Bowie's Deram material was finally released in the UK, too, but with an updated cover. The original cartoon design has been shifted to the inside of the fold-out cover.
There is some variation concerning the cover and the labels. Some early copies (like this one) have a typo on the cover ("In the heart of the morning"), whereas others haven't. Furthermore, there are some minor label variations.



David Bowie:

Images

(Nova SDM 3017/1-2 6.28108 DP; Germany 1975)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC, laminated "soul" photo cover, no label code on cover and labels

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of Images 1966-1967 (1973)

Collector's notes: In the mid-1970s a lot of stuff by Decca (like old LPs by The Rolling Stones) and associated labels (like Deram) was re-issued on the Decca sub-label Nova (not to be confused with the East German label of the same name). In Germany, too, the original cover was replaced by the updated one. However, the original release must have sold quite well, because it is not particularly rare. Later copies on Nova (from 1977 onwards) have a label code on cover and labels (although "mixed" copies with the original cover, but a label code on the labels, were also sold). German copies on Decca that have this revised cover and red or silver labels are re-issues from 1979 and 1982 (onwards), respectively.
So this first German issue in this cover is different from all subsequent issues on both Nova and Decca in the following respects: the outer of the gatefold sleeve is laminated, there is no "2 LPs" print on the front, the back still lists the old Deram catalogue number above the new number, and there is no label code on cover and labels.



David Bowie:

Mille-Pattes Séries - Images

(Deram 278 513/14; France 1975)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC, "Ziggy" photo cover

Tracks: see original issues

Other notes: re-issue of Images 1966-1967 (1973)

Collector's notes: Originally, the Images album had been released in France with same cover as the original US and German releases. The strangely outdated cover of this French re-issue is almost identical to that of the 1973 Belgian edition. However, the re-issued French version is much rarer. Note that the title Images can be found only on the labels. The cover mentions only Mille-Pattes Séries.
There is a label variation that has some additional black fineprint under the label name and no small "B" next to the "SACEM" box.



David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA 2579; UK 08/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: Fame (single edit) // Right

Collector's note: A push-out centre label without a push-out centre...


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA JB-10320; USA 08/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Fame (short version) // Fame (long version)

Other notes: short version identical to the single edit, long version identical to the album version


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA PB-10320; USA 08/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: gold label, company cover

Tracks: Fame (single edit) // Right

Collector's notes: There are also original copies with the orange label.


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA PB 10320; France 08/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, orange lettering

Tracks: Fame (single edit) // Right

Collector's notes: According to Jarman, the commonest version of this picture sleeve has red lettering. Apart from copies with orange lettering, like this one, there are also copies with yellow lettering.
Note that the label design is slightly different from the French standard used so far. It has white lettering along the label margin.


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA PB-10320; Spain 08/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: white label promo, PS

Tracks: Fame (single edit) // Right

Collector's notes: Here we have all three versions of a 1970s Spanish Bowie single on RCA: the promo, the original stock copy, and the late 1970s re-pressing.


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA PB-10320; Spain 08/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: original label design, PS

Tracks: Fame (single edit) // Right

Collector's notes: The original stock copy. Same cover as the promo.


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA PB-10320; Spain (08/1975))

Format: 7"

Release notes: new label design, late 1970s re-pressing, PS

Tracks: Fame (single edit) // Right

Collector's notes: A late 1970s re-pressing, recognizable by its sans-serif label text.


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA PB-10320; Portugal (08/1975))

Format: 7"

Release notes: post-1977 re-pressing, "SPA" on label, PS

Tracks: Fame (single edit) // Right

Collector's notes: Another late 1970s re-pressing, recognizable by the copyright text "SPA".


Various Artists:

Ooh-Foo-Pah-Doo

(Royalsound TKR 325; Thailand 08/1975)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: pirate pressing, PS

Tracks: The Hollies: Another Night / David Bowie: Fame (single edit) // Gilbert O'Sullivan: I Don't Love You, but I Think I Like You / Morris Albert: Feelings

Collector's notes: A typical pirate EP from Thailand, featuring four different artists.


David Bowie:

Changes

(RCA GB-10468; USA 09/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: red label, NC

Tracks: Changes // Andy Warhol

Other notes: re-issue of 1971 single

Collector's notes: Red label issues of the Gold Standard series of re-issues are relatively rare, since red labels were used only from September 1975 to September 1976 (according to Jarman). Since I don't know the exact release date of the Gold Standard series singles (Jarman doesn't give any), I have put them under 09/1975. However, if any of them were actually released that early, then the company bag of this single would be incorrect (as would be Jarman's claim that these sleeves are appropriate for all singles of the series). The copyright date on these sleeves is 1976!


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA GB-10469; USA 09/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: Gold Standard series, red label, company cover

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Knock on Wood*

Other notes: re-issue of 1975 single; *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 12-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: Another of the elusive red label copies from the Gold Standard series.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(RCA GB-10470; USA 09/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: red label, NC

Tracks: Space Oddity // The Man Who Sold the World

Other notes: re-issue of 1973 single

Collector's notes: This one has the correct company sleeve, given these singles were released as early as 1975: the copyright date on this kind of sleeve is 1974.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(RCA 2593; UK 09/1975)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: 1st issue with PS

Tracks: Space Oddity* // Changes / Velvet Goldmine**

Other notes: *album version; **recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions, Trident Studios, London, late 1971

Collector's notes: Only the first issue of this EP had a picture sleeve, later copies came in a Maximillion Series company bag (see next entry).


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(RCA 2593; UK 09/1975)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: 2nd issue with Maximillion Series company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity* // Changes / Velvet Goldmine**

Other notes: *album version; **recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions, Trident Studios, London, late 1971

Collector's notes: Same record, and hence labels, as in the previous entry.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(RCA/Jugoton SRCA 88884; Yugoslavia 09/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Space Oddity* // Velvet Goldmine**

Other notes: *album version; **recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions, Trident Studios, London, late 1971


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA PB-10320 26.11278; Germany 10/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Fame (single edit) // Right


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA TPBO 70 13; Italy 10/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Fame // Space Oddity

Collector's notes: The Italian single plays the album version of Fame and, strangely, couples the song with the totally inappropriate Space Oddity. On the 1979 re-issue the sides were inverted.


David Bowie:

Golden Years

(RCA 2640; UK 11/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: Golden Years (single edit) // Can You Hear Me


David Bowie:

Golden Years

(RCA JH-10441; USA 11/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Golden Years (stereo single edit) // Golden Years (mono single edit)


David Bowie:

Golden Years

(RCA PB-10441; USA 11/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: Golden Years (single edit) // Can You Hear Me


David Bowie:

Golden Years

(RCA PB-10441; Spain 11/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: original label design, PS

Tracks: Golden Years (single edit) // Can You Hear Me

Collector's notes: An original issue with the label text being printed partly in a typeface with serifs.


David Bowie:

Golden Years

(RCA PB 10441; France 11/1975)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Golden Years (single edit) // Can You Hear Me

Collector's notes: Not the standard orange paper label, but a plastic-moulded one.


Various Artists:

Captain & Tennille

(Royalsound TKR 366; Thailand 11/1975)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: pirate pressing, PS

Tracks: David Bowie: Golden Years (single edit) / Bay City Rollers: Money Honey // Donny & Mary Osmond: Deep Purple / Captain and Tennille: Lonely Night (Angel Face)

Collector's notes: Another pirate EP from Thailand, with a "tasteful" selection of tracks. I have used Captain & Tennille as the title because this is the only artist name prominent on the cover.


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(RCA 2593; Netherlands 12/1975)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: record UK (combination original), PS

Tracks: Space Oddity* // Changes / Velvet Goldmine**

Other notes: *album version; **recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions, Trident Studios, London, late 1971

Collector's notes: Same labels as on the British issues. Another example of a single that was imported from the UK and sold in covers made in the target country. The Dutch sleeve can be easily distinguished from the UK version by the imprint "Inelco" on the cover front.


1975 ↑ 1976 1977 ↓

David Bowie:

Baby Doll

(Wizardo WRMB 363; USA 1976)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, printed labels, white NC with pink insert

Tracks: Do Anything You Say / I Dig Everything / David Bowie with the Lower Third: Can't Help Thinking about Me / I'm Not Losing Sleep / The Supermen* / Velvet Goldmine / Hang on to Yourself** // Man in the Middle** / John, I'm Only Dancing*** / Amsterdam / Round and Round / Rebel Rebel° / Panic in Detroit°°

Other notes: all tracks taken from official singles and albums: *taken from the Revelations various artists compilation (1972); **from the 1972 Arnold Corns single; ***original version; °US single mix; °°live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 12-13/07/1974

Collector's notes: This is the first issue of the album, with a pink insert. It's a compilation of tracks from various official singles plus the Revelations version of The Supermen. Consequently, the sound quality of the album is very good.
According to both Frifelt and Bassman's David Bowie Page, this album was released in 1974, but I doubt that this information is correct. Velvet Goldmine hadn't been released before late 1975 and it's unlikely that the bootleggers had access to the song before its official release, especially because the rest of the album is clearly taken from regular singles, too. Therefore I originally assumed that the album was released in 1975. But in the Discogs entry of the album, the unknown author (who also refers to my original thoughts about the record on this page) claims that the LP was actually released in 1976. I'm willing to believe this, especially because Velvet Goldmine hadn't been released before September 1975. That's why I've shifted the entry to 1976.
At the time of its release this album must have been exciting, especially in the USA, where many of these tracks had never been released. Later all of these tracks were re-released on easily available records, so from nowadays' point of view, it's only a collector's item. Baby Doll is a good example of how the status of records might change in the course of time. Other such examples were Good Enough to Eat/Soft in the Middle and Changes Three.


David Bowie:

Golden Years

(RCA YPBO.415; Belgium 01/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Golden Years (single edit) // Can You Hear Me


David Bowie:

Golden Years

(RCA PB-10441 26.11346; Germany 01/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Golden Years (single edit) // Can You Hear Me


David Bowie/Patty Pravo:

Golden Years

(RCA TPJB 1206; Italy 01/1976?)

Format: 7"

Release notes: jukebox promo-only, company cover

Tracks: David Bowie: Golden Years (single edit) // Patty Pravo: Tanto

Collector's notes: Jarman lists this single under 11/1975, but since the label says "76", I think that early 1976 is a more plausible release date. I am not sure if the company cover is original.


David Bowie:

Golden Years

(RCA SS-2520; Japan 01/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS (insert with company cover)

Tracks: Golden Years (single edit) // Can You Hear Me


David Bowie:

Station to Station

(RCA APL 1-1327 26.21611 AO; Germany 01/1976)

Format: LP

Release notes: matt cover, die-cut OIS, no label code

Tracks: Station to Station / Golden Years / Word on a Wing // TVC 15 / Stay / Wild Is the Wind

Other notes: recorded at Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, and LA Record Plant, Hollywood, 10-11/1975

Collector's notes: This is the first German issue, identifiable by the absence of a label code (LC 0316) on cover and labels.



David Bowie:

Station to Station

(RCA APL 1-1327 26.21611 AO; Germany 1979 (01/1976))

Format: LP

Release notes: glossy cover, label code on cover and labels, "Deutsche Pressung" on cover, standard OIS

Tracks: see original issue

Collector's notes: This is presumably the third German issue. It has a label code (used from 1977 onwards) and "Deutsche Pressung" on the cover (used from 1979 onwards). Apart from this, there are further minor differences to the original: the cover is laminated and has a stronger yellowish hue, copyright information has been added to the front of the inner sleeve, and the (plain white) back of the inner sleeve lacks the centre hole of the first issue, which is why it is not shown here - it's just plain white.



David Bowie:

Station to Station

(RCA APL 1-1327; France 01/1976)

Format: LP

Release notes: insert

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: Presumably the first French issue. The back of the insert is plain white.


David Bowie:

Station to Station

(RCA APL1-1327; Spain 1976)

Format: LP

Release notes: white label promo, insert, price code "B"

Tracks: see German issues

Collector's notes: The cover can be identified as that of an original by the price code "B" on the back - re-pressings have the price code "D". The back of the insert is plain white.



David Bowie:

TVC 15

(RCA 2682; UK 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: push-out centre, company cover

Tracks: TVC 15 (single edit) // We Are the Dead

Collector's notes: The single version of TVC 15 is heavily edited: the running times vary minimally among the issues from different countries, but in any case the single edit omits about two minutes of the track.


David Bowie:

TVC 15

(RCA JH-10664; USA 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: TVC 15 (stereo single edit) // TVC 15 (mono single edit)


David Bowie:

TVC 15

(RCA PB-10664; USA 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: TVC 15 (single edit) // We Are the Dead


David Bowie:

TVC 15

(RCA YBPB 0.433; Belgium 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: TVC 15 (single edit) // We Are the Dead


David Bowie:

TVC 15

(RCA PB 10664; France 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: TVC 15 (single edit) // We Are the Dead

Collector's notes: The label design follows the same pattern as that of Fame single.


David Bowie:

TVC 15

(RCA PB-10664 26.11422; Germany 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: TVC 15 (single edit) // We Are the Dead


David Bowie:

TVC 15

(RCA PB-10664; Netherlands 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: TVC 15 (single edit) // We Are the Dead

Collector's notes: The label design of the Dutch single follows the standard pattern, but lacks a centre piece.


David Bowie:

TVC 15

(RCA PB-10664 E; Portugal 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: TVC 15 (single edit) // We Are the Dead

Collector's notes: An interesting aspect about this single is that the labels lack any reference to a copyright association - it should have been "BIEM" at the time.


David Bowie:

TVC 15

(RCA PB-10664; Spain 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: new label design, promo stamp on A-side label, PS

Tracks: TVC 15 (single edit) // We Are the Dead

Collector's notes: This record has a promo stamp on one of the labels and a radio station stamp with the year 1976 on the cover. Nonetheless it has the newer label design, which wasn't introduced before 1978, according to Jarman. So Jarman's claim can't be correct. I suspect that RCA Spain used both designs from 1976 to 1977.


David Bowie:

Hunky Dory

(RCA LSP-4623; USA 1976? (1971))

Format: LP

Release notes: tan label, "Dynaflex" pressing, title sticker, "RE 6" on cover back, OIS

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of 1971 LP

Collector's notes: This is a mid-1970s re-issue. Early copies of this issue came with orange labels like those of the original, but already in this cover (with "RE 6" and some additional text on Rick Wakeman on the back, and a black and white, rather than sepia, cover back). So, although RCA USA first introduced tan labels in 1975, I file this album under 1976 to be on the safe side.
This copy is particularly interesting because it still has its shrink with the rare title sticker (which has a different background than the sticker that came with the original release).



David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(RCA PPBO-7040 26.11389; Germany 04/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: orange labels, PS with identical front and back

Tracks: Space Oddity // The Man Who Sold the World

Other notes: re-issue of 1973 USA single

Collector's notes: This is the original German issue of this single. A re-release with minor differences was published in the 1980s.


David Bowie:

Images

(Deram/IPG DA 145/146 Y; Belgium 05/1976)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC, 1976 tour photo cover, price code "Y" on back, cover made in France (combination original)

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of Images 1966-1967 (1973)

Collector's notes: As in Germany, this Belgian re-release of Images replaced the original cover by another one that fitted Bowie's image at the time. And, obviously, the Belgian label designer had a belated "psychedelic period" at the time...
As in the case of the original 1973 release, there are several label variations.



David Bowie:

Changes One

(RCA RS 1055; UK 06/1976)

Format: LP

Release notes: first (mis-)pressing with "sax version" of John, I'm Only Dancing, sticker on cover

Tracks: Space Oddity / John, I'm Only Dancing* / Changes / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / The Jean Genie // Diamond Dogs / Rebel Rebel / Young Americans / Fame / Golden Years

Other notes: *"sax version"; all other tracks album versions

Collector's notes: This is a very rare album. The first 1.000 UK copies (which is the number that is often reported, but may be too low) accidentally played the "sax version" of John, I'm Only Dancing; all later copies (and, for all I know, all copies from all other countries, like the German one) included the original version. The problem is that there is no way to tell the version from the cover or the label (which hasn't got running times). So the only way to find out if you've got the "standard version" or the rare one is to play the record. I don't know if the matrix numbers are helpful. The numbers of my copy are "RS1055-A-1E" and "A3K" on side 1 and "RS1055-B-1E" and "A2H" on side 2 (hand-scratched).
What still strikes me as odd is the inclusion of Ziggy Stardust, a track that might have been popular, but had never been released as a single, instead of the hit Starman.


David Bowie:

Changes One

(RCA APL 1-1732 26.21778 AO; Germany 06/1976)

Format: LP

Release notes: label code on labels, no label code on cover

Tracks: Space Oddity / John, I'm Only Dancing* / Changes / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / The Jean Genie // Diamond Dogs / Rebel Rebel / Young Americans / Fame / Golden Years

Other notes: *original version; all other tracks album versions

Collector's notes: The German issue follows the corrected UK issue in that it plays the original version of John, I'm Only Dancing.
This copy can be identified as a first pressing by the absence of a label code on both cover and labels. In 1976 label codes were introduced in Germany. The first Germany Bowie album on RCA that originally bore RCA's label code (LC 0316) on the cover and the labels was Low. First issues of Changes One came without the code on cover and labels. There are also "mixed" copies with a label code on the labels, but not on the cover. Record companies don't care about collectors' concerns about clearcut distinctions between different issues.
See here for the third German issue.


David Bowie:

Changes One

(RCA APL1-1732; Philippines 1976)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: This Philippines issue, with its black and white cover and the narrow white margin, seems to be the only official major cover variation released in 1976. Note that there are at least three minimally different label variations.


David Bowie:

Changes One

(High Stereo Light 668; South Korea 19??)

Format: LP

Release notes: pirate release, green cover

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: Like all international pressings, this Korean release (whose exact release date is unknown) plays the original version of John, I'm Only Dancing. There are also copies in a blue-tinted cover.


David Bowie:

Changes One

(B-40; South Korea 19??)

Format: LP

Release notes: pirate release, blue cover

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: Another South Korean pirate release of the album. Note that this is not the blue-tinted cover mentioned in the previous entry, but a totally different issue.


David Bowie:

Suffragette City

(RCA 2726; UK 07/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Suffragette City // Stay


David Bowie:

Suffragette City

(RCA 42576; France 07/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Suffragette City // Stay


David Bowie:

Suffragette City

(RCA XB-01015 26.11453; Germany 07/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Suffragette City // Stay (single edit)

Collector's notes: Unlike the UK and French issues of this single, which play the full-length album version of Stay, the German variant features a heavily edited version.


David Bowie:

Stay

(RCA JH-10736; USA 08/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Stay (stereo single edit) // Stay (mono single edit)

Collector's notes: The version of Stay on this single is is the same edit as the one on the German single.


David Bowie:

Stay

(RCA SS-3034; Japan 09/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: white label promo, PS (insert with company cover), promo sticker

Tracks: Stay (single edit) // Word on a Wing (single edit)

Collector's notes: Again, the A-side is the same edit as the German single version. I don't know if the sticker on the label, which covers the RCA logo, has any "official" function, or if it was placed there by some former owner of the single.



David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA GB-10469; USA 09/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: Gold Standard series, black label, company cover

Tracks: Young Americans (US single edit) // Knock on Wood*

Other notes: re-issue of 1975 single and 1975 Gold Standard single; *live, Tower Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 10-13/07/1974, from the David Live album

Collector's notes: The black label copies of the Gold Standard series were used from September 1976 onwards. Hence I have filed all black label issues under this date (Jarman doesn't give exact release dates).


David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(RCA GB-10470; USA 09/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: Gold Standard series, black label, company cover

Tracks: Space Oddity // The Man Who Sold the World

Other notes: re-issue of 1973 and 1975 singles


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA GB-10938; USA 09/1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: Gold Standard series, black label, company cover

Tracks: Fame (single edit) // Golden Years (single edit)

Other notes: not a re-issue, tracks coupled in this way for the first time

Collector's notes: A rather unusual issue, since most singles from the Gold Standard series are re-issues of singles that had been released with exactly this coupling of tracks before.


David Bowie:

Fame

(RCA GB-10938; Canada 1976)

Format: 7"

Release notes: Golden Greats series, company cover

Tracks: Fame // Golden Years

Other notes: not a re-issue, tracks coupled in this way for the first time; tracks longer than claimed on label

Collector's notes: The Golden Greats series was the Canadian counterpart to the USA's Gold Standard series. I couldn't find out an exact release date for this single, but I suppose it was released at around the same time as the US release.
Despite the fact that the US and Canadian issues even bear the same catalogue number, there is a significant difference between the records. As indicated by the running times on the label (3:30 and 3:27, respectively), the US version plays the single edits of both tracks. The same running times are on the label of the Canadian release - but nonetheless the record plays the longer album versions!


David Bowie:

David Bowie

(Deram 6299; Argentina 1976)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: Rubber Band* / Come and Buy My Toys / The Laughing Gnome / Silly Boy Blue / In the Heat of the Morning / Did You Ever Have a Dream // Love You till Tuesday* / Maid of Bond Street / When I Live My Dream / Sell Me a Coat / Let Me Sleep beside You / Uncle Arthur

Other notes: *album versions

Collector's notes: Although the cover of this album is similar to that of Images (1975 German/UK issues), it is a unique compilation of Deram material.


David Bowie:

Special

(RCA SRA-9503-04; Japan 11/1976)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC, insert, OBI

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of Best Deluxe (1973)

Collector's notes: Another superfluous cover update. There is conflicting information about the release date. Thompson claims it was released in March, but most online sources say November.




David Bowie:

Bowie 74 Live

(WR 201 A/B; UK (1976))

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: bootleg, 33 1/3 rpm, 2nd edition (?): stamped plain white labels, wraparound PS

Tracks: All the Young Dudes / Cracked Actor // It's Gonna Be Me*

Other notes: live, Universal Theater, Los Angeles, 07-08/09/1974; *titled Come Back My Baby on the cover

Collector's notes: According to Frifelt's information on Bassman's David Bowie Page, the insert (or wraparound PS, as I call it) of this record came with a later issue on the Cats and Dogs label, and the first issue of this EP (the first ever Bowie bootleg 7") has printed Wizardo labels. However, although my copy hasn't got printed labels, there is no sign of "Cats and Dogs" on it. So the release details are unclear.
This records started the mis-titling of It's Gonna Be Me. The sound quality is mediocre.


David Bowie:

Resurrection on 84th Street

(TAKRL 2995; USA 1976)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain light yellow (disc 1) and white (disc 2) labels (with side imprint), plain white NC with red/yellow insert

Tracks: Station to Station / Suffragette City / Fame // Stay / Panic in Detroit // Changes / TVC 15 / Diamond Dogs // Word on a Wing / Rebel Rebel / The Jean Genie

Other notes: live, Nassau Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, New York, 23/03/1976

Collector's notes: A very famous Bowie bootleg - a great show in great sound quality. The sound of the official 2010 release is of course better, but only the bootleg versions have the drum solo on Panic in Detroit in full length.


David Bowie:

Subway

(Flat 8211; USA? 1982 (1976))

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain white labels with number print, plain white insert with black/white insert (copy of original 1976 edition)

Tracks: Rock'n'Roll with Me / Space Oddity / Future Legend (incl. Bewitched) / Diamond Dogs / Panic in Detroit // Big Brother / Time / The Width of a Circle / The Jean Genie

Other notes: live, Music Hall, Boston, 16/07/74

Collector's notes: For a long time, the exact recording date and venue of this bootleg (the first with material from the Diamond Dogs tour) were unknown. Although this copy has the same insert as the original release from 1976/1977, it can be identified as a 1982 re-issue by its matrix number (FW-8211). The sound quality is rather bad.


1976 ↑ 1977 1978 ↓

David Bowie:

Wish upon a Star

((BR 10001); USA? 1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain white labels, insert cover

Tracks: Panic in Detroit / Fame / Changes / Diamond Dogs // Waiting for the Man / Word on a Wing / Stay / TVC 15

Other notes: live, Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, 08/02/1976

Collector's notes: A really great audience recording! Since this bootleg has never been re-issued, it's quite rare. Frifelt doesn't know whether it's from 1976 or 1977, so I have filed it under early 1977.


David Bowie:

The Thin White Duke - Live at Nassau Coliseum, N.Y. 1976

(Duck Records; USA 1977?)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, "galaxy" cover, plain white cover back

Tracks: Station to Station / Suffragette City / Fame / Word on a Wing // Stay / Panic in Detroit // Changes / TVC 15 / Diamond Dogs / Rebel Rebel // The Jean Genie / Can You Hear Me* / Young Americans medley*

Other notes: live, Nassau Veterans' Memorial Colliseum, New York, 23/03/1976; except: *duets with Cher, Cher TV show, 23/11/1975

Collector's notes: Basically a re-issue of Resurrection on 84th Street with corrected order of songs and two great bonus tracks. Both the New York show and the songs from the Cher show are in great sound quality.
As in the case of Wish upon a Star it is not clear if this album was released in 1976 or 1977. There are two different versions: this original issue has a white cover back, the later issue has a picture on the back. Note that my copy has the same mock labels on both discs.


David Bowie:

Young Americans

(RCA APL1-0998 26.21488 AS; Germany 1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: label code on cover and labels

Tracks: see original issue

Collector's notes: This is the second German issue of this album, presumably from 1977 - it has a label code (LC 0316), but no "Deutsche Pressung" on the cover.


David Bowie:

Low

(RCA PL 12030; UK 01/1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: cover back with titles sticker, insert

Tracks: Speed of Life / Breaking Glass / What in the World / Sound and Vision / Always Crashing in the Same Car / Be My Wife / A New Career in a New Town // Warszawa / Art Decade / Weeping Wall / Subterreneans

Other notes: recorded at Château d'Hérouville Studios, Hérouville, France, and Hansa Studios, Berlin, 01/09/1976-11/1976



David Bowie:

Low

(RCA PL 12030; UK 01/1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: blank back with titles sticker

Tracks: see other UK issue

Other notes: signed (possibly fake)

Collector's notes: This album was sold to me as a signed copy, but I assume that the autograph isn't original. Otherwise identical to the previous entry, except for the missing insert.


David Bowie:

Low

(RCA PL 12030; France 01/1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: insert

Tracks: see UK issue

Collector's notes: This is the first French issue.



David Bowie:

Low

(RCA PL 12030 AO; Germany 01/1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS

Tracks: see UK issue

Collector's notes: Low was the first German RCA album of which no copies without a label code seem to exist. The copy shown here is a first German issue, identifiable by the absence of a "Deutsche Pressung" imprint on the cover.
Unlike the UK issue, the original German edition doesn't have a song title sticker, so that the titles are listed only on the inner sleeve (and the labels of course).



David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA PB 0905; UK 02/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: A-label promo, company cover

Tracks: Sound and Vision // A New Career in a New Town


David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA PB 0905; UK 02/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: Sound and Vision // A New Career in a New Town


David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA JH-10905; USA 02/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Sound and Vision (stereo) // Sound and Vision (mono)

Collector's notes: From Sound and Vision onwards, RCA USA used the same label for stock copies that had already been used for the later pressings of the Gold Standard series: black with white text and the "His Master's Voice" dog. Consequently, they also updated their promo label: they kept the cream colour, but added the dog.


David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA PB-10905; USA 02/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: Sound and Vision // A New Career in a New Town

Collector's notes: This is the first Bowie single with the black label, as mentioned in the previous entry.


David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA PB-0905; Spain 02/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: new label design, PS

Tracks: Sound and Vision // A New Career in a New Town

Collector's notes: Note that this may be an early re-pressing, but see the remarks in the entry of the Spanish TVC 15 7".


David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA PB 0905; France 02/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Sound and Vision // A New Career in a New Town


Various Artists:

4 Sucessos Internacionais

(RCA 102.8014; Brazil 02/1977)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: 331/3 rpm, PS

Tracks: Mary Mac Gregor: Torn between two Lovers / Al Stewart: Year of the Cat // David Bowie: Sound and Vision / Cely Bee & the Buzzy Bunch: One Love

Collector's notes: This various artists EP was the only Brazilian 7" issue of Sound and Vision. I have shown the B-side label, because that's where Bowie turns up.


David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA PB 0905; Belgium 04/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Sound and Vision // A New Career in a New Town

Collector's notes: Most picture sleeves for Sound and Vision are variations on the Low cover design. The Belgian release has a radically different layout - and a great one, too!


David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA PB 0905; Germany 04/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Sound and Vision // A New Career in a New Town

Collector's notes: There are also re-pressings with black labels.


David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA SS-3076; Japan 04/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS (insert with company cover)

Tracks: Sound and Vision // A New Career in a New Town

Collector's notes: This Japanese label is minimally different from the standard pattern (there is no text running around the bottom label margin).


David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(RCA PB-0905; Netherlands 04/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Sound and Vision // A New Career in a New Town


David Bowie:

Starting Point

(London LC 50007; USA 05/1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: Union Jack on cover, "Collector Series" on cover and labels, titles on the labels left-aligned

Tracks: The Laughing Gnome / Love You till Tuesday* / Please Mr. Gravedigger / We Are Hungry Men / The London Boys // Come and Buy My Toys / Karma Man / When I Live My Dream / Join the Gang / Silly Boy Blue

Other notes: *album version

Collector's notes: There are (at least) five label variations and three cover variations (the one shown here, with a small Union Jack and "Collector Series", one with "Collector Series", but without the Union Jack, and one with "Collectors Edition" on the front) for this album, but there doesn't seem to be any consensus about which version was the first.
However, I strongly suspect that this issue came first. To begin with, without the Union Jack the cover design doesn't make much sense: why should "Collector Series" (or "Collectors Edition") not be left-aligned, but shifted to the right? A stronger argument is that the "Collector Series", which consisted of 17 albums, released between 1977 and 1979, was originally dedicated to British artists only. In fact, the album Rock Invasion (LC 50012, 1978) was a compilation of "British Invasion" artists (although they included Los Bravos, who came from Spain...). So, originally, the Union Jack made perfect sense. However, in 1979 London Records seem to have decided to turn the series into a general re-issue series, releasing albums by American artists Les Paul (LC 50016) and Joe Tex (LC 50017), but even these records were originally issued with the Union Jack on the front. At some point they probably realised the absurdity of this, and dropped the flag from the covers. If this is correct, then issues of Starting Point that lack the Union Jack must be from 1979 or later.
The problem remaining is the change from "Collector Series" to "Collectors Edition". I can only guess that at some point they deleted those albums that didn't sell very well, but kept re-pressing the steady sellers (like the Bowie LP). In this case it would have made sense to get rid of the "series" character of the releases and replace the original sub-title.


David Bowie:

Starting Point

(London LC 50007; USA 197?)

Format: LP

Release notes: "Collectors Edition" on cover, "Collector Series" on labels, titles on the labels centred

Tracks: see original issue

Collector's notes: A pressing from 1979 or the early 1980s (see the previous entry for more on this topic). Note that it is not unusual to find copies that have a "Collector Series" record in a "Collectors Edition" cover.


David Bowie:

Starting Point

(London 936; Turkey 197?)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see US issue

Collector's notes: Since the Turkish issue lacks the Union Jack on the cover, like what I suspect to be later US pressings, I assume that the Turkish release doesn't date from 1977, but from the very late 1970s or the early 1980s.


David Bowie:

Be My Wife

(RCA PB 1017; UK 06/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: Be My Wife // Speed of Life


David Bowie:

Be My Wife

(RCA JH-11017; USA 06/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Be My Wife (stereo version) // Be My Wife (mono version)


David Bowie:

Be My Wife

(RCA PB 1017; Belgium 06/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Be My Wife // Speed of Life


David Bowie:

Be My Wife

(RCA PB 1017; Germany 06/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Be My Wife // Speed of Life


David Bowie:

Be My Wife

(RCA PB-1017; Spain 06/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: new label design, late 1970s re-pressing, PS

Tracks: Be My Wife // Speed of Life

Collector's notes: Concerning the label design, see my notes on the Spanish Sound and Vision single.


David Bowie:

Be My Wife

(RCA PB-1017; Netherlands 06/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Be My Wife // Speed of Life


David Bowie:

David Bowie

(Decca/Impact 6886 030; France 197?)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: Rubber Band* / Please Mr. Gravedigger / The London Boys / Come and Buy My Toys / In the Heat of the Morning / Did You Ever Have a Dream // She's Got Medals / Uncle Arthur / Maid of Bond Street / Sell Me a Coat / Love You till Tuesday / When I Live My Dream

Other notes: *single version

Collector's notes: I haven't been able to determine the exact year of release for this rather rare French compilation. Given the cover design it is probably from the mid to late 1970s. Dates I have found on the web range from 1975 to 1979. 1975 is definitely too early, since the cover shot is from the 1976 tour. 1979 appears a bit too late, because new compilations of the old Deram material were usually provided with an up-to-date cover shot in the 1970s. So 1977 seems to be a good guess (though nothing more). The album was re-released as Programme Plus in 1985.


David Bowie:

Be My Wife

(RCA SS-3104; Japan 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS (insert with company cover)

Tracks: Be My Wife // Speed of Life


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB 1121; UK 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: plastic-moulded label, made in Europe for the UK market, NC

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: There are copies with both a standard orange label and a plastic-moulded label. As Jarman claims, the latter were made in Europe and standardly appeared in a white sleeve without a hole.
A few notes on "Heroes": the middle part of the song was recorded in English, German and French and released as a single in all three languages. On the albums, we thus find three different long version with the middle part sung in the three languages. See the entries of the original issues of the "Heroes" album.


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA JH-11121; USA 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English stereo version) // "Heroes" (short English mono version)


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA JD-11151; USA 1977)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, plain white NC with sticker

Tracks: "Heroes" (long English version) // "Heroes" (short English version)

Collector's notes: This promo-only 12" is the second Bowie 12" single ever released (the first was a very rare Bowie/Iggy Pop split 12" from the RCA Segue Series of promo-only singles).


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB-1121; Belgium 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, textured sleeve

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: There are two minor variations of the sleeve: this one is made of textured paper and that in the next entry is made of smooth paper.


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB-1121; Belgium 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, smooth sleeve

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: same labels as in the previous entry.


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB 1121; Germany 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, large centre hole, "Bowie/Eno/Maass" on A-side label

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: In Germany, "Heroes" was released in two languages: the English version and the German version "Helden" (see this entry).
This copy of the German single can be identified as an early pressing because the label erroneously gives songwriting credits for "Heroes" to Antonia Maass, who translated the lyrics into German and has nothing to do with the English version. The mistake was corrected on later pressings.
There are also re-pressings from the early 1980s with black labels.


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB 1121; Germany 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, solid centre, export copy (?), "Bowie/Eno" on A-side label

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: This copy can be identified as a second pressing by the correct songwriting credits on the A-side label. What is particularly interesting about this copy, however, is the solid centre, which is quite unusual for a German pressing. There had been at least one other solid centre pressing from Germany, but unlike this "Heroes" single, that one didn't come in a picture sleeve and was certainly an export copy for the UK. The catalogue number is not helpful here, since the German and British numbers were the same for "Heroes". Nevertheless, I suppose that this single is an export release, too, and either some were exported with German picture sleeves, or some export copies were sold in Germany (with the German sleeves, of course).
Same cover as in the previous entry.


David Bowie:

"Helden"

(RCA PB 9168; Germany 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: "Helden" (short German version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: There might also be re-pressings with black labels; I think I once owned one. However, memory is not always a good guide...


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB-1121; Spain 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-stamp on B-side label, PS

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: This promo, which has the early 1970s style labels, differs from the stock copy only that it has a stamp on the B-side label (which I have shown). Not very exciting...


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB-1121; Spain 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: Early 1970s style labels. Same cover as in the previous entry.


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB 1121; France 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's note: France is the second country in which "Heroes" was released in two languages: the English version and, of course, the French version "Héros" (see next entry).


David Bowie:

"Heroes" - Chanté en Français

(RCA PB 9167; France 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: "Héros" (short French version) // V-2 Schneider


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB 1121; Italy 09/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PC-1121; Spain 1977)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: "Heroes" (long English version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: This is the first ever commercially released 12" single by David Bowie. There are also copies with a white cover background.


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PL 12522; UK 10/1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: insert

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast / Joe the Lion / "Heroes" (long English version) / Sons of the Silent Age / Blackout // V-2 Schneider / Sense of Doubt / Moss Garden / Neuköln / The Secret Life of Arabia

Other notes: recorded at Hansa by the Wall Studio 2, Berlin, 07-08/1977

Collector's notes: Musically, there are three different versions of the "Heroes" album: the UK edition has the long English version of the title track, the German edition has the track with the middle part sung in German and the French edition has it with the middle part in French. All other original issues worldwide seem to have the same tracks as the UK edition.



David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PL 42372; Germany 10/1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast / Joe the Lion / "Heroes"/"Helden" (long English/German version) / Sons of the Silent Age / Blackout // V-2 Schneider / Sense of Doubt / Moss Garden / Neuköln / The Secret Life of Arabia

Other notes: recorded at Hansa by the Wall Studio 2, Berlin, 07-08/1977

Collector's notes: The original German issue with the English/German version of the title track is scarce in some parts of the world, but still quite common in Germany.
Note that the A-side label of this copy lists only Heroes, but that the record actually plays the English/German version. There are also copies that have the full song title Heroes/Helden on label 1.



David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PL 42372; Germany 10/1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS

Tracks: see other issue

Collector's notes: This is the issue that lists the title track as Heroes/Helden on the A-side label. Cover, inner sleeve and B-side label are identical to those of the alternative issue.


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PL 42373; France 10/1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: laminated cover, insert

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast / Joe the Lion / "Heroes" (long English/French version) / Sons of the Silent Age / Blackout // V-2 Schneider / Sense of Doubt / Moss Garden / Neuköln / The Secret Life of Arabia

Other notes: recorded at Hansa by the Wall Studio 2, Berlin, 07-08/1977

Collector's notes: The French issue with the English/French version of the title song seems to be much rarer than its German counterpart. It was re-released as part of the 3LP box Portrait of a Star in 1982.
There are copies with both an unlaminated and a laminated cover. Originally, the LPs came with an inner sleeve, which is missing from this copy.



David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PL-12 522; Portugal 1977)

Format: LP

Release notes: insert

Tracks: see UK issue

Collector's notes: Pirate issues (like the Korean one below) left aside, this is the only major variation of the "Heroes" cover design that I know of. The picture is cropped, it is in black and silver (rather than black and white as on the other covers), and the artist's name/title has been enlarged and moved into a different position. There are also copies that have the round "1877-1977" logo that is on the cover back on the labels, too.


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RP 180; South Korea 1977?)

Format: LP

Release notes: pirate issue, blue cover

Tracks: see UK issue

Collector's notes: Another typical Korean LP.


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA PB-1121; Netherlands 11/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: record France (combination original), PS

Tracks: "Heroes" (short version) // V-2 Schneider

Collector's notes: My copy of the Dutch PS comes with a French disc in it. I have seen several copies of this kind, so the combination is definitely original. It wasn't unusual for RCA Netherlands to import singles and put them in their own covers (see the 1975 Space Oddity EP).


David Bowie:

"Heroes"

(RCA SS-3125; Japan 12/1977)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS (insert with company cover)

Tracks: "Heroes" (short English version) // V-2 Schneider


David Bowie:

Hunky Dory

(RCA LSP-4623; Australia 1977? (1972))

Format: LP

Release notes: tan label, matt cover

Tracks: see UK issue

Other notes: re-issue of 1971 LP

Collector's notes: The Australian release of the album had yet another minimally different cover design. This copy can be easily identified as a re-issue by its tan label (the original had an orange label). There are other tan label copies with a front-laminated cover and a different label design. According to information from the forum of the Illustrated db Discography, the tan labels were introduced in Australia in late 1977, so that this issue must be from that time or later.


1977 ↑ 1978 1979 ↓

David Bowie:

Beauty and the Beast

(RCA PB 1190; UK 01/1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast // Sense of Doubt


David Bowie:

Beauty and the Beast

(RCA JH-11190; USA 01/1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast (stereo version) // Beauty and the Beast (mono version)


David Bowie:

Beauty and the Beast

(RCA JD-11204; USA 01/1978)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, PS with sticker

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast (special extended version) // Fame

Collector's notes: This seems to be the first ever Bowie 12" with a "true" picture cover, since the cover of the Spanish "Heroes" 12" is the standard sleeve of the "Supersingle" series adapted to the respective release.
The "special extended version" of Beauty and the Beast is a unique mix, almost two minutes longer than the album version. Fame is the full length album version.


David Bowie:

Beauty and the Beast

(RCA PB 1190; Belgium 01/1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast // Sense of Doubt


David Bowie:

Beauty and the Beast

(RCA PB 1190; France 01/1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast // Sense of Doubt


David Bowie:

Beauty and the Beast

(RCA PB 1190; Germany 01/1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast // Sense of Doubt


David Bowie:

Beauty and the Beast

(RCA PC-1204; Spain 1978)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast (special extended version) // Fame

Collector's notes: Another one from the Spanish "Supersingle" series. Although the cover doesn't say so, the version of Beauty and the Beast that is used here is the extended mix from the US promo 12", so that the two releases are musically identical.


David Bowie:

Bowie Now

(RCA DJL1-2697; USA 03/1978)

Format: LP

Release notes: promo-only

Tracks: V-2 Schneider / Always Crashing in the Same Car / Sons of the Silent Age / Breaking Glass / Neuköln // Speed of Life / Joe the Lion / What in the World / Blackout / Weeping Wall / The Secret Life of Arabia

Collector's notes: A promo-only compilation of material from Low and "Heroes".


David Bowie:

Beauty and the Beast

(RCA PB 1190; Netherlands 04/1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Beauty and the Beast // Sense of Doubt


David Bowie/Eugene Ormandy/The Philadelphia Orch­estra:

Peter and the Wolf

(RCA JD-11306; USA 05/1978)

Format: 12"

Release notes: one-sided promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, plain white, die-cut NC with sticker

Tracks: Peter and the Wolf (Part 1) / Peter and the Wolf (Part 2)

Other notes: no intro on Part 1; Bowie narrator; Bowie's contribution recorded in New York, 12/1977

Collector's notes: This is an edited version of Peter and the Wolf, split into two parts. It omits Bowie's introduction of the instruments.


David Bowie/Eugene Ormandy/The Philadelphia Orch­estra:

Peter and the Wolf

(RCA ARL 1-2743; USA 05/1978)

Format: LP

Release notes: green vinyl, insert

Tracks: Peter and the Wolf // Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Other notes: Bowie narrator on side 1; no Bowie involvement on side 2; Bowie's contribution recorded in New York, 12/1977

Collector's notes: Released in the Red Seal series of classical music, this album has a label that is completely different from those of the other Bowie albums. For all I know, this is the first official Bowie release on coloured vinyl. Some early bootlegs, however, were also issued on coloured vinyl.
Note that there are also pressings in black vinyl, which are much rarer than the green "standard issue".



David Bowie/Eugene Ormandy/The Philadelphia Orch­estra:

Peter and the Wolf

(RCA RL 12743; Germany 05/1978)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS

Tracks: see US issue

Collector's notes: This is presumably the first issue, since it lacks the round "Deutsche Qualitätspressung" print that is found on the cover front of later copies.



Davie Jones and the King Bees:

Liza Jane

(Decca F 13807; UK 09/1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: mono, company cover

Tracks: Liza Jane // Louie, Louie Go Home

Other notes: re-issue of 1964 single

Collector's notes: A nice re-issue of Bowie's extremely rare first single - and, due to its poor sales, a rarity by itself.


David Bowie:

Soul Love

(RCA SS-3166; Japan 09/1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS (insert with company cover)

Tracks: Soul Love // Blackout

Other notes: live versions from Stage

Collector's notes: An unusual choice of a single A-side from Japan.


David Bowie:

Stage

(RCA PL 02913 DT; Germany 09/1978)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC

Tracks: Hang on to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Five Years / Soul Love / Star // Station to Station / Fame / TVC 15 // Warszawa / Speed of Life / Art Decade / Sense of Doubt / Breaking Glass // "Heroes" / What in the World / Blackout / Beauty and the Beast

Other notes: live, Spectrum Arena, Philadelphia, 28-29/4/1978, Civic Center, Providence, 5/5/1978, New Boston Garden Arena, Boston, 6/5/1978



David Bowie:

Stage

(RCA PL-02913; Netherlands 09/1978)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: blue vinyl, FOC

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: There are copies in blue and yellow (see next entry) vinyl. Occasionally, "mixed" sets turn up, but these seem to be "homemade".



David Bowie:

Stage

(RCA PL-02913; Netherlands 09/1978)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: yellow vinyl, FOC

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: Same cover and labels as in the previous entry.


David Bowie:

Stage

(RCA-9149-50; Japan 1978)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC, OBI, fold-out insert, postcard

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: I can't say if the postcard or reply form (or whatever you want to call it) is directly related to this album or even to Bowie at all. It might also be some general insert that came with all RCA records of the time.




David Bowie:

Superstars Radio Network Presents - An Evening with David Bowie

(RCA DJL 1-3016; USA 10/1978)

Format: LP

Release notes: promo-only, cover made of thick cardboard

Tracks: Open* / Segment 1* / Ziggy Stardust** / Segment 2* / Station to Station** // Segment 3* / Beauty and the Beast** / Segment 3* / Fame** / Segment 4*

Other notes: *interview tracks by Sonny Fox; **live versions from Stage

Collector's notes: And the next in the long line of promo-only records that RCA USA released between 1978 and 1980. There are counterfeits of this album. The original has a black margin at the bottom on the cover front, and the cover is made of thick cardboard. The counterfeit lacks the black margin, and its cover is made of thin cardboard.


David Bowie:

Superstars Radio Network Presents - An Evening with David Bowie

(RCA DJL 1-3016; USA 1978?)

Format: LP

Release notes: promo-only, counterfeit, cover made of thin cardboard

Tracks: see original issue

Collector's notes: This is the counterfeit mentioned in the previous entry. Note that at in earlier versions of this page I must have confused the pictures of the labels of the two issues, which have a slightly different moldings. I'm sorry, if this has confused anyone.


David Bowie:

Collection Blanche

(Decca 261011/12; France 10/1978)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of Images 1966-1966 (1973)

Collector's notes: After the 1973 original and the 1975 Mille-Pattes Séries this was already the third French issue of the Images album. Note that There Is a Happy Land is once more called There Is a Happy Land (Where Only Children Go).



David Bowie:

Star

(RCA DJL1-3255; USA 11/1978)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, white vinyl, PS

Tracks: Star // What in the World / Breaking Glass

Other notes: live versions from Stage

Collector's notes: This promo-only record has also been counterfeited, presumably in 1980 (see next entry). The most obvious difference between the original and the counterfeit is that the latter is on black vinyl, whereas all copies of the original are pressed on white vinyl. However, there is a further difference: the RCA logo (including the dog) has been omitted from both the labels and the cover of the counterfeit, so that the only reference to RCA is the small copyright text on the cover back. In this way the two issues can even be distinguished if only the cover is shown: if there is an RCA logo in the bottom right corner, it's an original, and if there is no logo, it's a counterfeit. Note that the picture shown in the counterfeit's entry in the Illustrated db Discography is in fact a photo of the original!


David Bowie:

Star

(DJL1-3255; USA 1980? (1978))

Format: 12"

Release notes: counterfeit, 33 1/3 rpm, PS

Tracks: Star // What in the World / Breaking Glass

Other notes: live versions from Stage

Collector's notes: The counterfeit, pressed on black vinyl, is much rarer than the original. It is not very difficult to get hold of an original copy, but it took me years to find a copy of the counterfeit.


David Bowie:

Breaking Glass

(RCA BOW 1; UK 11/1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: A-label promo, PS

Tracks: Breaking Glass // Art Decade / Ziggy Stardust

Other notes: live versions from Stage


David Bowie:

Breaking Glass

(RCA BOW 1; UK 11/1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Breaking Glass // Art Decade / Ziggy Stardust

Other notes: live versions from Stage

Collector's notes: Same cover as in the previous entry.


David Bowie:

Breaking Glass

(RCA PB 9337; Belgium 11/1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Breaking Glass // Art Decade / Ziggy Stardust

Other notes: live versions from Stage


David Bowie:

Breaking Glass

(RCA PB 9337; France 11/1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Breaking Glass // Art Decade / Ziggy Stardust

Other notes: live versions from Stage

Collector's notes: The colour of the plastic-moulded label is bronze, which is difficult to reproduce here.


David Bowie:

Breaking Glass

(RCA PB-9337; Netherlands 11/1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: blue vinyl, PS

Tracks: Breaking Glass // Art Decade / Ziggy Stardust

Other notes: live versions from Stage


David Bowie:

Breaking Glass

(RCA PB-9337; Spain 11/1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Breaking Glass // Art Decade / Ziggy Stardust

Other notes: live versions from Stage


Davy Jones/The Manish Boys:

Davy Jones

(Parlophone R5358; ?? 1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: bootleg, mono, PS

Tracks: Davy Jones: You've Got a Habit of Leaving* / Davy Jones: Baby Loves That Way* // The Manish Boys: I Pity the Fool** / The Manish Boys: Take My Tip**

Other notes: *studio recordings, IBC Studios, Portland Place, 25/06/1965?; **studio recordings, IBC Studios, Portland Place, 15/01/1965; all tracks from official 1965 singles

Collector's notes: A nice EP, pretending to be an official Parlophone product, released at the wrong point of time: very soon EMI re-issued the same tracks on an official EP. For a note on the recording date of the Davy Jones tracks see that official release.


David Bowie:

David Bowie and the Hype

(Major Tom 6052-200; ?? 1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: bootleg, 33 1/3 rpm, blue wraparound PS

Tracks: The Prettiest Star // Conversation Piece / Holy Holy

Other notes: all tracks original versions from the 1970 and 1971 Mercury singles

Collector's notes: In 1978 the Major Tom label released several Bowie singles. I am still not sure where these were made. The "pseudo-Japanese" look of some of them surely doesn't mean that they were made in Japan.
This EP is available with both a blue and a red cover (see next entry).


David Bowie:

David Bowie and the Hype

(Major Tom 6052-200; ?? 1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: bootleg, 33 1/3 rpm, red wraparound PS

Tracks: The Prettiest Star // Conversation Piece / Holy Holy

Other notes: all tracks original versions from the 1970 and 1971 Mercury singles

Collector's notes: Same labels as in the previous entry.


David Bowie:

Memory of a Free Festival

(Major Tom 6052-201; ?? 1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, yellow wraparound PS

Tracks: Memory of a Free Festival, Part 1 (single version) // Memory of a Free Festival, Part 2 (single version)

Other notes: re-issue of official 1970 single


David Bowie:

The Width of a Circle

(Major Tom 6052-202/203; ?? 1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, different catalogue numbers on cover and label, PS (with company cover)

Tracks: The Width of a Circle // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud

Other notes: Sounds of the Seventies: Andy Ferris BBC programme, Playhouse Theatre Studios, London, 25/03/1970

Collector's notes: Here the bootleggers got a bit confused. The catalogue number on the PS goes with the single from the next entry, and the catalogue number of that single goes with the PS of this record. Thankfully, they realized their mistake and didn't put the wrong singles into the covers.
The record is a nice mockery of a Japanese release: it comes in a company bag (similar to the Japanese RCA bags) with an insert. The sound quality is okay, but not overwhelming.


David Bowie:

Five Years

(Major Tom 6052-203/202; ?? 1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: bootleg, different catalogue numbers on cover and label, PS (with company cover)

Tracks: Five Years* // Hang on to Yourself* / Zion**

Other notes: *Sounds of the Seventies: Bob Harris BBC programme, 1972; **recorded during the Aladdin Sane sessions, 12/1972-01/1973, edited version

Collector's notes: For the mismatch of the catalogue numbers see the previous entry. Again, the general design is a mockery of a Japanese issue.
The sound quality of the two BBC tracks is very good, that of Zion is acceptable, but not great (the same somewhat dull sound as on most bootleg releases of this track).


David Bowie:

Bowie Does Reed

(Major Tom 6052-204; ?? 1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, wraparound PS

Tracks: Waiting for the Man* // White Light/White Heat**

Other notes: *Sounds of the Seventies: Bob Harris BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 5, London, 18/01/1972; **Sounds of the Seventies: John Peel BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 4, London, 16/05/1972

Collector's notes: Good to very good sound quality.


David Bowie:

Spiders from Mars

(Major Tom 6052-209; ?? 1978)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: bootleg, 33 1/3 rpm, PS

Tracks: Waiting for the Man* / All the Young Dudes** // Bombers*** // White Light/White Heat°

Other notes: tracks on both sides segued into each other; *Sounds of the Seventies: Bob Harris BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 5, London, 18/01/1972; **recorded during the Aladdin Sane sessions, 12/1972-01/1973; ***recorded during the Hunky Dory sessions, c. 06/1971; °Sounds of the Seventies: John Peel BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 4, London, 16/05/1972

Collector's notes: After the Width of a Circle and Five Years singles had pretended to be Japanese releases, we now got a pseudo-Spanish issue: the cover says "Cara A" and "Cara B" (instead of "Side A" and "Side B"), and the labels even bear the words "Depósito Legal" - which makes no sense at all, since they forgot to add a date. Anyway, who cares...?
The sound quality of these recordings is great. The EP was re-issued with minimal changes in 1983.


David Bowie and Bing Crosby:

Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth)

(B & B 45-100; ?? 1978)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, mono, NC

Tracks: David Bowie and Bing Crosby: Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy // David Bowie: "Heroes"

Other notes: Bing Crosby's Merry Old Christmas TV special, 11/09/1977; broadcast 26/11/1977

Collector's notes: Acceptable sound quality, but expectedly not as good as on the later official release of the Bowie/Crosby duet.


David Bowie:

"My Radio Sweetheart" - Ziggy 1

(Dragonfly/Crash Records TUNE IN 001; UK 1978)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, first edition with printed labels, plain white NC with green insert

Tracks: Ziggy Stardust* / Waiting for the Man* / The Supermen** / Queen Bitch* / Suffragette City*** // White Light/White Heat*** / Hang on to Yourself* / Hang on to Yourself° / Moonage Daydream° / Watch That Man°

Other notes: *Sounds of the Seventies: Bob Harris BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 5, London, 18/01/1972; **Sounds of the Seventies: Bob Harris BBC programme, Studio T1, Shepherds Bush, London, 21/09/1971; ***Sounds of the Seventies: John Peel BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 4, London, 16/05/1972; °live, Long Beach Arena, California, 10/03/1973

Collector's notes: The sound quality of the BBC recordings is just acceptable, that of the three live tracks is rather poor.


David Bowie:

Ziggy 2

(Canyon TUNE IN 002; ?? 1978)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain white NC with green insert

Tracks: Queen Bitch / Bombers / The Supermen / Looking for a Friend / Almost Grown // Kooks / Song for Bob Dylan / Andy Warhol / It Ain't Easy / Sleeping Next to You*

Other notes: In Concert: John Peel BBC programme, Paris Cinema Studio, 03/06/1971; except: *Marc TV show, 09/09/1977

Collector's notes: Again, the sound quality is just acceptable.


David Bowie:

Slaughter in the Air

(Ruthless Rhymes DB-1978; USA? 1978)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, 1st issue with printed cover and printed labels

Tracks: "Heroes" / What in the World / Be My Wife / The Jean Genie / Blackout // Sense of Doubt / Speed of Life / Breaking Glass / Beauty and the Beast / Fame / Five Years / Soul Love / Star // Hang On to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Rock'n'Roll Suicide / Art Decade / Station to Station // Stay / TVC 15 / Rebel Rebel / "Helden" (short German version)* / "Héros" (short French version)*

Other notes: live, Forum, Los Angeles, 04/04/1978; except: *official studio versions

Collector's notes: A very good audience recording. The sound of the official tracks is better, of course. Record 1 has black and white labels, record 2 black and yellow ones. Note that the "Ruthless Rhymes" is in mirror writing on the B-side labels.
The cover says "Made in England", but I've also read that it is a German release. However, the nature of the cover (thick cardboard) and the inclusion of the two international versions of "Heroes", which were particularly rare in America, suggest that this is a US release.



1978 ↑ 1979 1980 →

David Bowie:

Aladdin Sane

(RCA LSP 4852 26.21105; Germany 1979 (1973))

Format: LP

Release notes: FOC

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of 1973 album, signed (possibly fake)

Collector's notes: This is a post-1974 re-issue of the German album, recognizable by the "26." number. Note, though, that there are numerous clues indicating that this is even a later pressing: there is a label code, and the record has "Deutsche Pressung" on the cover back, an imprint that was probably not used before 1979. So this is most likely a record issued from 1979 onwards.
I bought this as an autographed copy, but I strongly suspect that the signature is not original.




David Bowie:

Changes One

(RCA APL 1-1732 26.21778 AO; Germany 1979 (06/1976))

Format: LP

Release notes: label code on cover and labels, "Deutsche Pressung" on cover

Tracks: see first German issue

Collector's notes: This is presumably a third issue, with a label code and "Deutsche Pressung" on the cover.


David Bowie:

The Speed of Life

((DB 6142); USA 1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, picture labels, plain white NC with cream insert

Tracks: Five Years / Soul Love / Star / Hang on to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Alabama Song // Station to Station / Stay / Rebel Rebel

Other notes: live, Oval Cricket Ground, Adelaide, Australia, 11/11/1978

Collector's notes: Very good sound quality for an audience recording.


David Bowie:

Kiss You in the Rain

(Raven DB6143; USA 1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, 1st edition, plain white NC with yellow insert

Tracks: The Jean Genie / Be My Wife / Five Years / Soul Love / Star // Hang on to Yourself / Fame / Beauty and the Beast / Alabama Song / Ziggy Stardust

Other notes: live, Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, 18/11/1978

Collector's notes: The sound quality is rather poor.


David Bowie:

Forever Yours

(db 6894; Australia 1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, picture labels, plain white NC with pink insert

Tracks: "Heroes" / What in the World / Be My Wife / The Jean Genie / Blackout // Art Decade / Breaking Glass / Fame / Beauty and the Beast / Five Years / Soul Love* / Star** // Hang On to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Sense of Doubt** / Alabama Song / Rebel Rebel // Station to Station / TVC 15 / Stay

Other notes: live, Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia, 24/11/1978; incomplete/incorrect track listing on cover: *track not listed on cover, **track mis-titled on cover

Collector's notes: The sound quality is so-so: there are better and worse recordings from that tour. Bowie's vocals come through quite clearly, but the instruments are a bit too far in the background. Moreover, the sound deteriorates in the course of the show and becomes very dull towards the end. This has a fatal effect, at least as far as my copy is concerned. It often "sticks" on TVC 15 and Stay: obviously, the dull and bassy sound is too loud for a groove that narrow.


David Bowie:

Forever Yours

(DB 6894; USA 1984 (1979))

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, Tilt-labels, "1984" on labels, plain white NC with green insert

Tracks: see original Australian issue

Other notes: incomplete track listing on cover

Collector's notes: This release has the original US insert. Although Frifelt doesn't mention any re-issues with this cover, this clearly is one: it is hardly conceivable that a 1979 pressing could state "1984" on the mock labels. Record 1 has red labels, record 2 tan labels. The sound quality is the same as on the original issue.


David Bowie:

Live in Stockholm 79

(Audifön/ACR 25; USA? 1979)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain cream (disc 1) and white (disc 2) labels

Tracks: Warszawa / "Heroes" / What in the World / Be My Wife // The Jean Genie / Blackout / Sense of Doubt / Speed of Life / Breaking Glass // Fame / Beauty and the Beast / Five Years / Soul Love / Star // Hang on to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Art Decade / Alabama Song / Station to Station

Other notes: live, Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, 04/06/1978; incorrect date and place on cover

Collector's notes: A very good audience recording - though I still wonder how the bootleggers even got the year wrong. Bowie didn't play any shows in 1979!
Hoggard writes that this album is a German release, but as in the case of Slaughter in the Air, the thick cardboard of the cover suggests a US release.



Various artists:

Just a Gigolo - The Original Soundtrack

(Jambo JAM 1; UK 02/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks (Bowie): - // The Rebels: David Bowie's Revolutionary Song*

Other notes: *vocals by Bowie and unidentified studio chorus, recorded in 1978

Collector's notes: This soundtrack album, alongside the Japanese single, is still the only source of The Revolutionary Song (which is the title on the label), which, for all I know, has never been released on CD. The cover of the UK issue of the soundtrack is the standard version used in most other countries, too.


Various artists:

Schöner Gigolo - armer Gigolo - The Original Soundtrack

(Ariola 200 462-320; Germany 1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks (Bowie): - // The Rebels: David Bowie's Revolutionary Song*

Other notes: *vocals by Bowie and unidentified studio chorus, recorded in 1978

Collector's notes: The German cover of the soundtrack is obviously superior to the rather boring UK version.


Various artists:

Just a Gigolo - The Original Soundtrack

(Ariola 200462; Netherlands 1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks (Bowie): - // The Rebels: David Bowie's Revolutionary Song*

Other notes: *vocals by Bowie and unidentified studio chorus, recorded in 1978

Collector's notes: A cover variation similar to the UK cover.


The Manish Boys/Davy Jones:

The Manish Boys/Davy Jones & the Lower 3rd

(EMI 2925; UK 03/1979)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: mono, PS

Tracks: The Manish Boys: I Pity the Fool* / The Manish Boys: Take My Tip* // Davy Jones: You've Got a Habit of Leaving** / Davy Jones: Baby Loves That Way**

Other notes: *studio recordings, IBC Studios, Portland Place, 15/01/1965; **studio recordings, IBC Studios, Portland Place, 25/06/1965?; all tracks from official 1965 singles

Collector's notes: The year before, exactly these tracks had been released on a bootleg EP, but this was their first official release since 1965. And it was a very nice release indeed: the tracks are in original mono, and even the cover photo is from the appropriate era. 24 years later, the EP was re-released in an equally great cover.
Neither Pegg nor any other source I know gives an exact recording date for the Davy Jones tracks. However, the 2017 various artists CD Making Time has an alternative version of You've Got a Habit of Leaving, which was recorded on 25/06/1965. Since studio time was expensive for an unknown artist like Bowie/Jones, we can assume that the originally released version and Baby Loves that Way were recorded on or around the same day.



David Bowie:

Boys Keep Swinging

(RCA BOW 2; UK 04/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Boys Keep Swinging // Fantastic Voyage


David Bowie:

Boys Keep Swinging

(RCA PB 1585; Germany 04/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Boys Keep Swinging // Fantastic Voyage


David Bowie:

Boys Keep Swinging

(RCA PB 1585; Italy 04/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Boys Keep Swinging // Fantastic Voyage


David Bowie:

Boys Keep Swinging

(RCA (PB-1585); Spain 04/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only picture disc, company cover

Tracks: Boys Keep Swinging // Fantastic Voyage

Collector's notes: Frifelt claims that the first ever Bowie picture disc was the bootleg 7" The Supermen from the same year. However, this very rare Spanish promo-only might have come first. The quality of the pressing is so-so. It's an item to be looked at, rather than to be played.


David Bowie:

Boys Keep Swinging

(RCA PB-1585; Spain 04/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Boys Keep Swinging // Fantastic Voyage


David Bowie:

Boys Keep Swinging

(RCA PB 1585; France 05/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Boys Keep Swinging // Fantastic Voyage

Collector's notes: Again, the colour of the label is bronze, which is difficult to reproduce.


David Bowie:

Boys Keep Swinging

(RCA PB-1585; Netherlands 05/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Boys Keep Swinging // Fantastic Voyage


David Bowie:

Boys Keep Swinging

(RCA PD-1593; Netherlands 1979)

Format: 12"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: Boys Keep Swinging // Fantastic Voyage

Collector's notes: At this time, the concept of 12" singles was spreading. Sadly, this Dutch release wasn't issued with a picture sleeve. The versions of the tracks on it are the same as on the 7" singles and the album. It wasn't yet self-evident that a 12" ought to contain longer and/or different mixes.


David Bowie:

Lodger

(RCA PL 13254 AP; Germany 05/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: orange label, FOC with sticker, OIS

Tracks: Fantastic Voyage / African Nightflight / Move on / Yassassin / Red Sails // D.J. / Look Back in Anger / Boys Keep Swinging / Repetition / Red Money

Other notes: recorded at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, 09/1978, and Record Plant Studios, New York, 03/1979

Collector's notes: Lodger is the first German Bowie album on RCA of which no (original) copies without a "Deutsche Pressung" imprint on the cover seem to exist.




David Bowie:

20 Bowie Classics

(Decca SCA.059; Australia 05/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: blue label

Tracks: Rubber Band* / Maid of Bond Street / Sell Me a Coat / Love You till Tuesday* / There Is a Happy Land / The Laughing Gnome / The Gospel According to Tony Day / Did You Ever Have a Dream / Uncle Arthur / We Are Hungry Men / Please Mr. Gravedigger // Join the Gang / Little Bombardier / Come and Buy My Toys / Silly Boy Blue / She's Got Medals / The London Boys / Let Me Sleep beside You / In the Heat of the Morning / When I Live My Dream

Other notes: *album versions; identical to New Zealand album Twenty Bowie Classics

Collector's notes: Note the minor differences in the titles and cover designs of the Australian and New Zealand issues. There are also copies of the Australian issue that have red, but otherwise identical, labels.


David Bowie:

Twenty Bowie Classics

(Decca SKL 5297; New Zealand 05/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: made by EMI, blue labels

Tracks: see album 20 Bowie Classics

Other notes: identical to Australian album 20 Bowie Classics

Collector's notes: Although the number "Twenty" is spelled out on the cover, the labels give the same title as the Australian issue.
This is the first issue, made by EMI (there is an EMI logo on the cover back, and the labels say "Made in N.Z. by EMI"). Later issues are manufactured by Polygram and have violet, rather than blue labels.


David Bowie:

D.J.

(RCA BOW 3; UK 06/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: A-label promo, PS

Tracks: D.J. (single edit) // Repetition


David Bowie:

D.J.

(RCA BOW 3; UK 06/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: D.J. (single edit) // Repetition Collector's notes: Same cover as the promo.


David Bowie:

D.J.

(RCA BOW 3; UK 06/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: green vinyl, PS

Tracks: D.J. (single edit) // Repetition Collector's notes: Same cover as the promo, same labels as the regular stock copy. According to Jarman, about 3.000 of these copies in green vinyl were made.


David Bowie:

D.J.

(RCA JH-11661; USA 06/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: D.J. (single edit, stereo version) // D.J. (single edit, mono version)


David Bowie:

D.J.

(RCA PB-11661; USA 06/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: D.J. (single edit) // Fantastic Voyage


David Bowie:

D.J.

(RCA PB-9412; Spain 06/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: D.J. (single edit) // Repetition


David Bowie:

D.J.

(RCA PB 9412; France 06/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: D.J. (single edit) // Repetition


David Bowie:

Profile

(Decca 6.24009 AL; Germany 06/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: 1st issue with red labels

Tracks: Let Me Sleep beside You / Karma Man / In the Heat of the Morning / Silly Boy Blue / Please Mr. Gravedigger / The Laughing Gnome // The London Boys / Come and Buy My Toys / The Gospel According to Tony Day / There Is a Happy Land / Little Bombardier / When I Live My Dream

Collector's notes: Later pressings of this album (1982 onwards) have silver labels.


David Bowie:

Boys Keep Swinging

(RCA SS-3215; Japan 07/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS (insert with company cover)

Tracks: Boys Keep Swinging // Fantastic Voyage


David Bowie:

Yassassin

(RCA PB-9417; Netherlands 07/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Yassassin (single edit) // Repetition

Collector's notes: Note that the colour of the text at the label margin has changed from black to white. The Netherlands and Turkey were the only countries to prefer Yassassin to D.J. as a single. In the case of Turkey the reasons are clear, but in the case of the Netherlands...?


David Bowie:

Yassassin

(RCA 79.014; Turkey 07/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Yassassin // Red Money

Collector's notes: In Turkey, Yassassin with its "oriental" sound and its title (Turkish for "long life") was an ideal candidate for a single release. Nice picture cover, too. Note that on the the Turkish single the title track is roughly as long as on the album.


David Bowie:

The Wembley Wizard Touches the Dial

(Hallowien Jack Records (CC 1 The Actor 79 EG); UK 07?/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain white labels, open cover with full-size wraparound insert, edition of 2.000 copies (most destroyed)

Tracks: Station to Station / Suffragette City / Fame / Word on a Wing / Stay* // Waiting for the Man / Queen Bitch / Life on Mars? / band introduction / Changes / TVC 15 / Diamond Dogs

Other notes: live, Wembley Stadium, London, 07/05/1976; *not listed on cover

Collector's notes: Definitely the strangest Bowie bootleg ever made, since one can even argue whether it's a bootleg at all! 2.000 copies (of an earlier obscure Japanese bootleg) were made by Bill Hood, an employee of the British Phonographic Industry association, in summer 1979 (July is a guess) - possibly with the knowledge and consent of Bowie's record company RCA. The aim of this "Operation Moonbeam" was to bust a chain of bootleggers. It was successful, so that only few copies actually came into circulation. See Clinton Heylin's book on bootlegs for more details.
However, as so often with bootlegs, this is not the entire story. Since the album became a "hot" item among Bowie fans after the bust, it was soon... bootlegged. There are at least three issues: white label copies (like the one shown here), copies with "1" and "2" on the labels, and issues with the track listing on the labels. The latter are re-issues from 1982. The accounts in a discussion in the forums of the International db Discography imply that copies bought in 1979 had plain white labels. However, even among these copies there is some variation (some came in a plain white stickered cover). To sum up, then, it seems that the white label copies are the earliest issues, but it's not sure that all of them are actually originals - even some of these might be re-pressings.
As regards the record itself, it's not worth the fuss: the sound quality is rather poor - though not as bad as it is sometimes claimed to be!



David Bowie:

Rock Concert

(RCA PL-42993; Netherlands 07/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: orange "RCA Victor" labels

Tracks: Rebel Rebel / Changes / Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) / All the Young Dudes / Cracked Actor // Rock'n'Roll with Me / Watch That Man / Diamond Dogs / Rock'n'Roll Suicide

Other notes: all tracks taken from the album David Live (1974)

Collector's notes: An absolutely superfluous mutilated version of the David Live album - which was nonetheless re-released under a different title in 1982. There are also later pressings with different labels.


David Bowie:

Rock Concert

(RCA PL-42993; Netherlands (07/1979))

Format: LP

Release notes: turquoise "RCA International" labels

Tracks: see original issue

Collector's notes: This a later pressing of the album in the previous entry. The "RCA International" logo was usually used in the early 1980s. Same cover as the original issue.


David Bowie:

Look Back in Anger

(RCA JH-11724; USA 08/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, company cover

Tracks: Look Back in Anger (stereo version) // Look Back in Anger (mono version)


David Bowie:

Look Back in Anger

(RCA PB-11724; USA 08/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: Look Back in Anger // Repetition


Various Artists:

The London Boys

(Decca FR 13864; UK 09/1979)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: mono, promo, PS

Tracks: David Bowie: The London Boys / Dobie Gray: The "In" Crowd // Small Faces: Hey Girl / The Birds: Leaving Here

Collector's notes: Jarman lists this EP under 04/1980, but given the catalogue number, the release date from the 45cat website appears more plausible.


David Bowie:

Chameleon

(Starcall STAR 101; Australia 09/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: blue Starcall label

Tracks: Starman / Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) / Sorrow / Diamond Dogs / 1984 / Breaking Glass // "Heroes" (long English version) / V-2 Schneider / Beauty and the Beast / Boys Keep Swinging / D.J. / Look Back in Anger

Other notes: all tracks original album versions

Collector's notes: This is the commonest issue of this Australian compilation.


David Bowie:

Chameleon

(RCA/Starcall STAR 101; Australia 198?)

Format: LP

Release notes: green RCA label

Tracks: see other issue

Collector's notes: I think that this (rarer) issue with the green RCA label is a re-pressing. In Germany, the Chameleon album was available as an import until the early 1980s, although I can't say with which label. But I assume that this is one of those later pressings.


David Bowie:

Chameleon

(Starcall STAR 101; New Zealand 09/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see Australian issue

Collector's notes: Despite the fact that the label says the record was manufactured for Starcall Records Australia, the label design is slightly different from that of the Australian release. Furthermore, the cover clearly claims that it was manufactured by/for Starcall Records, Auckland, N.Z..


The Rebels/The Pasadena Roof Orchestra:

David Bowie's Revolutionary Song

(Overseas MA-185-V; Japan 11/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS (insert with company cover)

Tracks: The Rebels: David Bowie's Revolutionary Song (single edit)* // The Pasadena Roof Orchestra: Charmaine

Other notes: *vocals by Bowie and unidentified studio chorus, recorded in 1978



David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(RCA TPBO 7013; Italy 11/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Space Oddity // Fame

Other notes: re-issue of 1975 single with A and B-sides inverted and a nice, but absolutely inappropriate cover update.


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing 1972

(RCA JB-11887; USA 11/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo, company cover

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)* // Joe the Lion

Other notes: *new mix

Collector's notes: This is an unusual US promo 7", since it is identical to the stock issue. The label is also unusual in that they added an asterisk to indicate the A-side.
The 1972 version of John, I'm Only Dancing is the original version remixed. The drums appear a bit more prominent in this mix.


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing 1972

(RCA PB-11887; USA 11/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)* // Joe the Lion

Other notes: *new mix


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)

(RCA JD-11886; USA 11/1979)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 33 1/3 rpm, white label promo, company cover

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (long version)* // Golden Years

Other notes: *recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974

Collector's notes: Golden Years is the album version. The title of the later recording of John, I'm Only Dancing varies on the international releases - sometimes it's John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (which I have adopted), and sometimes it's John, I'm Only Dancing (1975) or John, I'm Only Dancing 1975.
As in the case of the 7" promo, an asterisk indicates the A-side.


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)

(RCA PD-11886; USA 11/1979)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 33 1/3 rpm, company cover

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (long version)* // Golden Years

Other notes: *recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974

Collector's notes: This was the first commercially available 12" single by Bowie in the USA.


David Bowie:

1980 All Clear

(RCA DJL 1-3545; USA 11/1979)

Format: LP

Release notes: promo-only, black/white cover

Tracks: The Man Who Sold the World / Space Oddity / Ziggy Stardust / Panic in Detroit / Always Crashing in the Same Car // 1984 / Golden Years / Fascination / "Heroes" (long English version) / Boys Keep Swinging

Other notes: all tracks original album versions

Collector's notes: This promo-only album has been counterfeited. The counterfeit has a silverish cover. I haven't been able to track down a copy of the counterfeit yet.


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)

(RCA BOW 4; UK 12/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: solid center, PS

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (single edit)* // John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)**

Other notes: *recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974; **new mix

Collector's notes: The first British Bowie single with a black RCA label. As far as I remember there are also copies with a push-out centre.


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)

(RCA BOW 12 4; UK 12/1979)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (long version)* // John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)**

Other notes: *recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974; **new mix

Collector's notes: John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) was also the first British 12" single by Bowie.


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing

(RCA PB 9482; France 12/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)* // John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (single edit)**

Other notes: *new mix; **recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974

Collector's notes: Which version of John, I'm Only Dancing became the A-side and the B-side in different countries obviously depended on the taste of the respective RCA executives.
Note that the back cover design is actually printed upside down. However, I have decided to show it the logical way here.


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing

(RCA PC 9484; France 12/1979)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (long version)* // John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)**

Other notes: *recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974, titled "Version Disco"; **new mix, titled "Version New Wave"

Collector's notes: This first French Bowie 12" single gave the RCA executives an opportunity to think up some really fanciful titles for the mixes.


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing - New Versions

(RCA PB-9482; Netherlands 12/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (single edit)* // John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)**

Other notes: *recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974; **new mix

Collector's notes: This record has an interesting numbering of sides on the labels: "Side 1" and "The Other Side 1".


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing

(RCA PB 9482; Germany 12/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)* // John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (single edit)**

Other notes: *new mix; **recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974


David Bowie:

John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)

(RCA PB-1887; Spain 12/1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: white label promo, PS

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing (1972)* // Joe the Lion

Other notes: *new mix


David Bowie:

Has Ziggy Stardust Come to Earth?

(Sould Out/MainMan 075; UK 1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, 33 1/3 rpm, large centre hole, wraparound PS (title on front)

Tracks: Who Can I Be Now? // It's Gonna Be Me

Other notes: recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974

Collector's notes: This record is available in two cover variations. The sound quality could be better.


David Bowie:

Has Ziggy Stardust Come to Earth?

(Sould Out/MainMan 075; UK 1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, 33 1/3 rpm, small centre hole, wraparound PS (title on back) with sticker

Tracks: Who Can I Be Now? // It's Gonna Be Me

Other notes: recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974

Collector's notes: My copy of the record that came with this cover also differs from the one in the preceding entry in that it has a small centre hole. I don't know if there is any system concerning which discs were distributed with which covers.


David Bowie:

Excerpts from the Bowie Showboat

(Marquee Recordings 1966A; UK? 1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, mono, one-sided, NC

Tracks: Interview* / Over the Wall We Go** / end*

Other notes: *recorded live at the Marquee, 1966; **demo, c. 12/1966

Collector's notes: A strange, but well-made record. A 1966 studio demo is cleverly mixed in between two bits of a 1966 interview, creating the impression of a live performance. The bit I called end here is simply the audience's applause. The sound quality is quite good.


David Bowie:

London Bye Ta-Ta

(Mercury/Pop POP-01; USA? 1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, 1st issue with black and white PS

Tracks: London Bye Ta-Ta* // Bombers**

Other notes: *re-recorded version, Trident Studios, London, 08-15/01/1970; **recorded during the Hunky Dory sessions, c. 06/1971

Collector's notes: Very good sound quality (although the sound of London Bye Ta-Ta was better on later bootlegs).


David Bowie:

London Bye Ta-Ta

(Mercury/Pop POP-01; Norway? (1979))

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, 2nd issue with colour wraparound PS

Tracks: London Bye Ta-Ta* // Bombers**

Other notes: *re-recorded version, Trident Studios, London, 08,13,15/01/1970; **recorded during the Hunky Dory sessions, c. 06/1971

Collector's notes: I haven't been able to find out when or where this re-issue in a superior cover was made. The cover claims it was made in Norway, but that needn't mean anything...
Same good sound quality as the first issue.


David Bowie:

The Supermen

((91480); ?? 1979)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, picture disc, NC

Tracks: The Supermen* // Space Oddity**

Other notes: *from the Revelations various artists album (1972); **US mono single edit

Collector's notes: The first Bowie bootleg picture disc (and possibly the first Bowie picture disc ever - see the comments on the Spanish Boys Keep Swinging promo above). Since both tracks are taken from official releases, the sound quality is very good.


David Bowie:

All the Young Dudes

(MainMan PRO 073; ?? 1979)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: bootleg, 33 1/3 rpm, wraparound PS

Tracks: All the Young Dudes* / Bombers** // 1984/Dodo***

Other notes: *recorded during the Aladdin Sane sessions, 12/1972-01/1973; **recorded during the Hunky Dory sessions, c. 06/1971; ***studio recording, Trident Studios, London, 10/1973

Collector's notes: Great sound quality!


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