David Bowie ‎– Earthling

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Little Wonder 6:02
Looking For Satellites 5:21
Battle For Britain (The Letter) 4:49
Seven Years In Tibet 6:22
Dead Man Walking 6:50
Telling Lies 4:50
The Last Thing You Should Do 4:58
I'm Afraid Of Americans 5:00
Law (Earthlings On Fire) 4:48

Versions (56)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7432143077 2 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) Arista, BMG 7432143077 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2, KJF-31-867 David Bowie Earthling (CD, Album, Unofficial) BMG (2), Arista (2) 7432143077 2, KJF-31-867 Bulgaria 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2, KJF-31-867 David Bowie Earthling (CD, Album, Unofficial) BMG (2), Arista (2) 7432143077 2, KJF-31-867 Bulgaria 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2 David Bowie Earthling(2xCD, Album, S/Edition) BMG, Arista 7432143077 2 Hong Kong 1997 Sell This Version
CDAST(WF)330 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) BMG, Arista CDAST(WF)330 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
7432144944 2 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) RCA, BMG 7432144944 2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
7243 8 42627 2 3 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) Virgin Music Canada, Virgin 7243 8 42627 2 3 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
743214307724 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) Arista, BMG 743214307724 Mexico 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) Arista, BMG 7432143077 2 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
BVCA-721 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) BMG, Arista BVCA-721 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) Arista, BMG 7432143077 2 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) Arista, BMG 7432143077 2 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
7243 8 42627 2 3 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) Virgin 7243 8 42627 2 3 US 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) Arista, BMG 7432143077 2 Argentina 1997 Sell This Version
BVCA-721 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, Ltd, Sli) BMG, Arista BVCA-721 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
7243 8 42627 2 3 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, Promo) Virgin 7243 8 42627 2 3 US 1997 Sell This Version
7087 6 12206 2 9 , DPRO 12206 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, Promo) Virgin 7087 6 12206 2 9 , DPRO 12206 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, Promo, Ger) Arista, BMG 7432143077 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2, JPCD9702126 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, Unofficial) BMG (2), Arista (2) 7432143077 2, JPCD9702126 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, Unofficial) Arista (2), BMG (2) 7432143077 2 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
7432143077 2 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, Unofficial) Arista (2), BMG (2) 7432143077 2 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, Unofficial) Arista (2) none Russia 1997 Sell This Version
74321 43077 4 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album) Arista, BMG 74321 43077 4 Bulgaria 1997 Sell This Version
74321 43077-4 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album) Arista, BMG 74321 43077-4 Malaysia 1997 Sell This Version
74321430774 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album) Arista, BMG 74321430774 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
74321 43077 4 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album) Arista, BMG Crescendo (India) Pvt. Ltd. 74321 43077 4 India 1997 Sell This Version
7 43214 30774 8 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album) BMG, Arista 7 43214 30774 8 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
7432 8 42627 4 7 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album) Virgin 7432 8 42627 4 7 US 1997 Sell This Version
7432144944 4 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album) Arista, BMG 7432144944 4 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
74321 43077 4 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album) Arista, BMG 74321 43077 4 Poland 1997 Sell This Version
1589 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album, Unofficial) M Records (14) 1589 Yugoslavia 1997 Sell This Version
74321 43077-1 David Bowie Earthling(LP, Album, Ltd, Gat) Arista, BMG 74321 43077-1 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
74321 44944-1 David Bowie Earthling(LP, Album, Ltd, Gat) RCA 74321 44944-1 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
511935 0 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia 511935 0 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
ISO 511935 0, 511935 0, COL 511935 0 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE) ISO Records, ISO Records, Columbia, Columbia ISO 511935 0, 511935 0, COL 511935 0 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
5119352000 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE) Columbia 5119352000 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
511935 2, COL 511935 2, 5119352000 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia 511935 2, COL 511935 2, 5119352000 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
88697169032B, 88697169032B1, 88697169032B2 David Bowie Earthling(2xCD, Album, RE, Car) Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Columbia, Columbia 88697169032B, 88697169032B1, 88697169032B2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
CK 92098 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album) Columbia CK 92098 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
511935 9 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Album, Ltd, Dig) Columbia 511935 9 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
CK 92098 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, ISO Records CK 92098 US 2004 Sell This Version
CK 92098 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE, RP) Columbia CK 92098 US 2004 Sell This Version
MHCP 1342-3 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp, RE + Ltd, Gat) Sony Records Int'l MHCP 1342-3 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
SICP 30152 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE, RM, Blu) Sony Records Int'l, Legacy SICP 30152 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
MOVLP815 David Bowie Earthling(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu) RCA, ISO Records, Music On Vinyl MOVLP815 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
MOVLP815 David Bowie Earthling(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Gat) RCA, ISO Records, Music On Vinyl MOVLP815 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
MOVLP815 David Bowie Earthling(LP, Album, RE, Gat) RCA, ISO Records, Music On Vinyl MOVLP815 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
FRM-42627 David Bowie Earthling(LP, Album, RE, Gre) ISO Records, Columbia, Friday Music FRM-42627 US 2015 Sell This Version
RP2-553041 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE) Parlophone, ISO Records RP2-553041 US 2016 Sell This Version
0825646507535 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE) Warner Music, Parlophone, ISO Records 0825646507535 Brazil 2016 Sell This Version
0825646507535 David Bowie Earthling(CD, Album, RE) Parlophone, ISO Records 0825646507535 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Earthling(22xFile, AAC, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, 256) Columbia none US Unknown
none David Bowie Earthling(9xFile, MP3, Album) Columbia none Unknown
7243 8 42627 4 7 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album) Virgin 7243 8 42627 4 7 US Unknown Sell This Version
none David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (David Bowie) none Unknown Sell This Version
980 David Bowie Earthling(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music Land Records (2) 980 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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xxchris

xxchris

June 10, 2017
referencing Earthling, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu, MOVLP815
Get one while you can, only 2000 pressed up. Very limited pressing.
paulie

paulie

February 24, 2017
edited 8 months ago
referencing Earthling, LP, Album, RE, Gre, FRM-42627
This ISO reissue sounds like utter garbage. On my newly-unsealed copy, the run-ins and outs are full of noise and is very distracting on quieter sections of the music. Really disappointing.
_melvin_

_melvin_

February 15, 2017
referencing Earthling, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu, MOVLP815

play this one loud! and dance :))) im back in vredenburg 1997 again :))))
rhorhorho

rhorhorho

August 20, 2016
referencing Earthling, CD, Album, 7432143077 2
My copy has distribution code F:BM 720 and Mould SID Code 8706.
Lord-CBD

Lord-CBD

August 19, 2016
referencing Earthling, CD, Album, 7432143077 2

Must say, one of the best albums I have ever heard so far in my life.
Top five. Belongs with Abbey Road and Behaviour.
Shorny

Shorny

January 12, 2016
referencing Earthling, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Gat, MOVLP815
When I first listened to this album, along with most of David Bowie's recent albums, I didn't care too much for it, always preferring his original older stuff. I have every one of all his albums either on CD or LP and I must admit his newer stuff definitely grows on me the more I listen to it. They are fast becoming some of my favorites of which I now listen to more than his original earlier works. All I can recommend is at first an album listening doesn't grab you , listen a few more times, I think you will be surprised how each of his albums will grow on you. Earthling is now one of my favorites right up there along with Black Tie and The Next Day and of course Blackstar, although again, I am needing to listen a few times for his latest album to grab me too. :)
marv8x

marv8x

October 4, 2015
referencing Earthling, CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp, RE + Ltd, Gat, MHCP 1342-3
Track 2-13 "Tao Jones Index Pallas Athena" is live.

Track 2-12 "Tao Jones Index V-2 Schneider" seems to be live, too
ssigouin

ssigouin

January 25, 2014
referencing Earthling, LP, Album, RE, Gat, MOVLP815
My copy shows lots of surface marks, but still sounds pretty god. Not the best of pressing, but still a very strong album from Bowie even if certain songs have not aged all that well.
THE_G

THE_G

November 8, 2013
referencing Earthling, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Gat, MOVLP815

I'm becoming a big fan of the Music On Vinyl represses. Although I am not a huge fan of this album (just not my favorite Bowie record) The repress is excellent. No surface noise, beautiful green vinyl and a super glossy gate fold sleeve that the record slides in from the center out. some parts of the jacket (cover really) seemed kinda flimsy, but whatever its a great repress.
As of the first week in November you can still get this record in the US (on green vinyl) off of Amazon. I dont know why everyone is charging so much.
dghkfhldfdhlfa

dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
referencing Earthling, CD, Album, 7243 8 42627 2 3
i understand the criticism of this disc, but i feel it ignores a simple and slightly intriguing truth: the old man's take on "electronica" is simply more interesting, varied and listenable than the works that are generally associated with the genre and were written by people half his age. this record was written to appeal to the youth-driven "electronica" demographic that was bursting up from underground in the mid-90s. while it is accurately described as a means of exploiting that scene, it is also simply the best mainstream disc of that genre to come out of the time period. if you have to make a choice between picking up this disc, the fat of the land, homework or dig your own hole then you should pick up this one and you won't regret doing so. of course, if you'd prefer music that is more substantial than that then you should really be looking a little bit further under the surface and searching through the warp records catalogue to start off with.

there's a level of historical inevitability attached to this statement. if anybody remembers "electronica" at all two hundred years from now, they're certainly not going to remember it through an act like daft punk, which nobody even remembers in the year 2010. the scene itself is going to be something that will get a page, at the most, in a history text book about popular music in the twentieth century. professors may play a 30-second clip from breathe or firestarter as a means of attempting to get the feeling of the period across, if they don't show the smack my bitch up video as a means of trying to explain the prevalence of narcotics within british techno music. that's all great and well. however, bowie is a guy who is so central to popular culture in the latter half of the twentieth century that his records will be listened to for hundreds of years. students will write essays about him and listen meticulously to his back catalogue. they'll forget the snippet that they heard in class and remember the record written by the icon that they're studying.

the end result is not that david bowie exploited electronica, it's that he invented it. to a certain extent, this is not untrue; while bowie certainly wasn't a guiding influence within the rave movement, when electronic music finally broke into the big time the truth is that it sounded a whole lot like david bowie and that this wasn't accidental because it was marketed by people that used bowie as a benchmark in determining what was marketable and what wasn't and was even targeted towards the same demographic that david bowie records were once targeted towards, albeit a generation removed. while it may be ironic that the bowie clone is a better product than the originals, it's not really surprising; bowie is cloning his own offspring, making the relationship deeply circular and deeply incestuous.

what the aforementioned discs lack that this one has is fourfold: (1) high-end production, (2) half-intelligent lyric and themes, (3) songwriters that understand how to write songs and (4) competent musicianship.

the production asserts itself in various forms but the three most profound ways it's noticeable are within the mastering, the mix and the horizontal layering on the disc. if you're looking for a sequencer repeating over a drum loop for five minutes, you won't find it here; what you will find are interplays between sequenced parts, live guitars, live pianos, live synths and programmed and played drums. if you're looking for a low end that drowns out the rest of the mix, you won't find that either; while there is a focus on the bottom and must be for the genre to work, the entire spectrum is explored.

as for lyrics, bowie was always one of the more intelligent rock stars and, while he doesn't derive any kind of profound theorem on this disc, the lyrics are a little more thought-inducing than the general approach of repeating simplistic one-liners for five minutes that saturates the previously mentioned triad of mainstream 1997 "electronica" discs. that being said, he does fall back to the one-liner in a few tracks and when he does the results are a bit more profound; compare "i don't want knowledge! i want certainty!" with "change my pitch up, smack my bitch up" and there's little room for argument. of course, that particular scene was not about thinking, it was about dancing so to criticize it for what it wasn't is not particularly fair; yet, if you want a reasonable facsimile and find lyrics such as the aforementioned slightly grating then this is the route to take.

the combination of gabrels, plati, dorsey, alford and garson consists solely of classically trained musicians, widely utilized session musicians, producers and visual and audio arts majors. it's a rather strong lineup that adds a very different but far superior organic feel to the "electronica" sound. as one example, there is a piano-driven free jazz breakdown in the third track that does certain things with keyboards and drums that are bluntly outside of the ability of just about anybody working solely in the field of electronic music, with the sole exception of tom jenkinson. the live bassist is a massive upgrade over the kind of bass parts that are generally associated - and, let's be honest, are widely ridiculed - with "electronica". you know what i'm talking about. everybody knows that "setting sun" would have been better with mccartney on bass (why didn't anybody think of that?); he's a pretty big influence on the bass parts on this disc.

while this obviously does not capture the kind of british electronic music that was bursting out of it's seams c. 1997, it does something much better - it improves upon it by converting the sound into a professional product produced by professional musicians. if you're a musician or you just generally prefer produced, elaborate or written music to raw, trendy fads then you'll appreciate my arguments, and if not now then certainly twenty years from now when this is the only one of the four mentioned discs that is still in print.