David Bowie Album is by David Bowie, who was a British singer, songwriter, producer and actor.
His debut album was released on the 1st of June 1967 under the record label Deram, now part of the Universal Music Group.
The singer’s debut was made available on both mono and stereo, one of the first at the time. The release date coincided with The Beatles album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band.
All fourteen tracks were written by David Bowie with production by Mike Vernon, the English record producer and music executive. He was born on the 20th of November 1944 in the County of Middlesex, England.
Along with David Bowie, he has worked with a variety of recording artists including the Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall.
The David Bowie album was recorded between the 14th of November 1966 and the 25th of February 1967 at the Decca Studios in London, England.
The studios, which closed in 1980, was located at Broadhurst Gardens in West Hampstead, London. The studios played host to the likes of the Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac.
The album’s theme was a mix of styles with inspiration taken from English singer and actor Anthony Newley, the theatrical genre of Vaudeville and music hall performers like Tommy Steele.
Later in his career, David Bowie looked back on the album with disdain saying ” Aargh, that Anthony Newley stuff, how cringe-y. No, I haven’t much to say about that in its favour. … Musically, it’s quite bizarre. I don’t know where I was at. “
The David Bowie album and singles failed to impact the charts. He didn’t release any more records until 1969 with his second album, titled the same as his debut, which was renamed and re-released in 1972 under the name Space Oddity.
Despite David Bowie’s dislike for his debut, music critics have been more positive over the years since the record was released.
British music magazine NME called it ” all very refreshing ” and that he was ” a very promising talent “.
In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Dave Thompson awarded it three and a half stars out of a possible five. He wrote the album ” still remains a remarkable piece of work “, adding that it ” sounds less like anything else he’s ever done than any subsequent record in his catalog “.
The single, ” Rubber Band ” was released on the 2nd of December 1966 under the record label Deram. It was written by David Bowie and produced by Mike Vernon.
The song shows clearly David Bowie’s interest in the performer Anthony Newley. ” Rubber Band ” failed to enter the UK Singles Chart.
The David Bowie album was not a commercial success. It failed to make the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number 125.
About David Bowie
David Robert Jones was born on the 8th of January 1947 in Brixton, a district in South London, England, in 1953 he moved with his family to the London borough of Bromley.
David Bowie’s early life was influenced musically by artists like Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Little Richard.
He formed his first group, the Konrads, at the age of fifteen, which played guitar-based rock ‘n’ roll. In the years that followed, the young David Bowie went through a succession of bands which included the King Bees, the Manish Boys, the Lower Thirds and the Buzz.
In the latter part of 1966, he changed his surname to Bowie, after lead singer Davy Jones of the Monkees began to emerge onto the music scene. He signed a management contract with Kenneth Pitt and released a debut album, which failed to chart.
As the 1960s came to a close, David Bowie reinvented himself. His career began to take off with the release of the single “Space Oddity “, timed to coincide with the Moon landings.
The song, a tale about Major Tom, who chose to stay in space rather than return to Earth, became a hit.
Unfortunately his next single flopped resulting in critics writing the singer off as a one-hit wonder.
In 1970, his career took another twist with the release of the album, The Man Who Sold The World, which reached number twenty-four on the UK Albums Chart.
More hit albums and singles followed with his final offering, Blackstar, which topped the charts around the world including the UK and US.
During his career, David Bowie’s worldwide record sales topped 140 million. He later sold the rights to future royalties for $55 million.
On the 10th of January 2016, two days after he turned sixty-nine and the release of Black Star, David Bowie died in his apartment in New York. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer eighteen months earlier but kept the illness a secret.
To date, David Bowie’s Album releases are twenty-seven studio, eleven live albums, fifty-one Compilations, thirteen video albums, four Soundtracks, sixty-eight misc albums. He has also released eight Extended Plays, 128 singles and seventy-two music videos.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, David Bowie has won many awards including seven Grammys four Ivor Novello, four Brits, four MTV Video Music and eleven NME.
David Bowie Album Track Listing:
1. Uncle Arthur
2. Sell Me a Coat
3. Rubber Band
4. Love You till Tuesday
5. There Is a Happy Land
6. We Are Hungry Men
7. When I Live My Dream
8. Little Bombardier
9. Silly Boy Blue
10. Come and Buy My Toys
11. Join the Gang
12. She’s Got Medals
13. Maid of Bond Street
14. Please Mr. Gravedigger