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London Boy

  • 1. Space Oddity (Original Version)
    2. Did You Ever Have a Dream
    3. There Is a Happy Land
    4. Rubber Band
    5. Let Me Sleep Beside You
    6. Maid of Bond Street
    7. We Are Hungry Men
    8. When I Live My Dream
    9. Karma Man
    10. Laughing Gnome, The
    11. She's Got Medals
    12. Little Bombadier
    13. Please Mr Gravedigger
    14. Gospel According to Tony Day, The
    15. Sell Me a Coat
    16. Join the Gang
    17. Love You till Tuesday
    18. London Boys, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5517062

  • Credits

    This is a compilation of David Bowie tracks from the early days, featuring the original version of "Space Oddity" and 17 more songs that pre-date his rise to fame and fortune.
    Yet another repackaging of David Bowie's late-'60s sides for English Decca's Deram label, presenting him as a kind of psychedelic-era pop/rock singer. The material is attractive in a somewhat derivative pop/rock vein -- curiously, Deram also had Cat Stevens signed at the time, as a pop/rock singer/songwriter, and Bowie's work here is remarkably similar to Stevens' music of the same era, at its best quirkily melodic with clever lyrical twists, such as "Let Me Sleep Beside You," and at its worst predictable soft rock. The songs are drawn from singles such as "Rubber Band" (think of an attempt at psychedelic Nol Coward) and "The Laughing Gnome," and LP sides like "Join the Gang." Some of it is too precious for words, but the best of it has endured across the decades, including "Sell Me a Coat," "Love You Till Tuesday," "London Boys," and the original version of "Space Oddity." ~ Bruce Eder

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