David Bowie ‎– David Bowie

Philips ‎– SBL 7912, Philips ‎– SBL.7912, Philips ‎– 852 146 BY
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold (Unassigned Credits)

Companies, etc.



Illustrated gatefold cover with lyrics inside.

SBL 7912 on sleeve, SBL.7912 on label


Track A2.2 is not listed on either the sleeve or centre label. This 'hidden track' also does not appear on the 1969 US Mercury version of the release David Bowie - Man Of Words/Man Of Music.

UK 1st press on black labels with silver font print and "PHILIPS" on the label. This label variation has a second line for Copyright Control under the Essex Mus. Int. Ltd. credit. This is the first run of pressings as credits are not yet fully assigned and are pending for the majority of the tracks (the only songs credited to Essex Music on this variation are Space Oddity & Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud; The A-side and B-side respectively of the 1st pressed 45).

There is a label variation with a bold silver font "PHILIPS" on the label, and credits are assigned fully to Essex Music Int. Ltd. (A quickly re-issued edition as the copyright credits are agreed and fully assigned, but still a 1st press as the matrix / runout information are still the same).

See David Bowie - David Bowie for the full Essex Music Int. Ltd. publishing credits edition.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): 852 146 1Y
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): 852 146 2Y
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out side A, stamped): 852146 1Y-2* 11
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out side B, stamped): 852146 2Y-2 11

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SBL 7912, SBL.7912, 852 146 BY David Bowie David Bowie(LP, Album, Gat) Philips, Philips, Philips SBL 7912, SBL.7912, 852 146 BY UK 1969 Sell This Version
218988-PRL2 David Bowie Space Oddity(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) Parlophone 218988-PRL2 US 2014 Sell This Version
461.008 David Bowie Space Oddity(LP, Album, RE) RCA Victor 461.008 France 1983 Sell This Version
LSP-4813 David Bowie Space Oddity(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSP-4813 Israel 1974 Sell This Version
LSP-4813 David Bowie Space Oddity(LP, Album, Unofficial, Bro) RCA Victor (2) LSP-4813 UK 2014 Sell This Version


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February 8, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

**Below comment was before I updated this page - information now correct**

Please me correct if what I say about the following is wrong:
I am trying to understand how this is considered a re-press? This album did not sell very well when originally released so a repress (by definition) a month later would seem unlikely. With that in mind, where has this release date of Dec 1969 come from? I can find no reference to a second release on this date.
At best this should be classed as label variation 1st press as everything (including cat. no, matrix, cover...) is the same as the Nov 1969 issue, except the publishing credits. By definition I believe a label variation is not a repress (take Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin for example).
Going back to the publishing credits, now this is where I could be wrong, but would it be more likely that a label where there is mention of Copyright Control, would be the original 1st press? I say this because this would imply that Copyright Control has yet to issue publishing credits to songs (as in this issue) but this has been resolved later, as in the other label where all publishing credits are now assigned to Essex Music. Also the only songs credited to Essex Music on this variation is Space Oddity & Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud; The A-side and B-side respectively of the 1st pressed 45, which is clearly publish credited to Essex Music on the 45 label. This means there was no doubt where the credits lie with these two songs, but on original release of the Album, credits for the other songs were still Copyright Control pending and that why you have this label variation. (also no other “Philips” labels from other countries where credits are assigned to Essex Music, have Copyright Control noted on their labels. For example the South African press (1970) credits Essex Music only; if this UK label in question was a repress from Dec 1969, then surely the South African press from 1970 would also state Copyright Control to the same 7 songs).
Also with fewer people having this version may suggest that it is in fact a rarer original 1st press (but I stress this is only my opinion based on observation and logic).
If no one can authenticate and prove that this was indeed released in Dec 1969, then based on the comments I have made (and research I have conducted) I would like to submit a vote to amending this listing to 1st press – label variation, or even 1st press with comments section suggesting "original 1st press before full credits were assigned solely to Essex Music".
In any case this certainly should not be considered a Re-Press.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated as I could be wrong and wouldn’t want to flood misinformation on this listing before I submit an update.