David Bowie ‎– Heathen

Columbia ‎– CK 86630, ISO Records ‎– CK 86630
CD, Album, Enhanced

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Sunday 4:45
2 Cactus
Written-By – Black Francis
3 Slip Away 6:04
4 Slow Burn
Guitar – Pete Townshend
5 Afraid
Producer, Engineer – Mark Plati
6 I've Been Waiting For You
Guitar – Dave GrohlWritten-By – Neil Young
7 I Would Be Your Slave 5:13
8 I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship
Written-By – Legendary Stardust Cowboy*
9 5:15 The Angels Have Gone 5:00
10 Everyone Says 'Hi'
Bass – John ReadCello [Electric] – Philip SheppardKeyboards – Dave ClaytonPercussion – Solá Ákingbolá*Producer – Brian RawlingProducer, Mixed By, Programmed By, Guitar – Gary Miller
11 A Better Future 4:11
12 Heathen (The Rays) 4:16

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"CD Extra"

Lyrics from "Sunday", "Slip Away", "5:15 The Angels Have Gone" and "Heathen (The Rays)" © 2002 Nipple Music (BMI)
admin. by RZO Music, Inc. Lyrics from "Cactus" © 1998 Rice and Beans Music (BMI). Lyrics from "I've Been Waiting For You" © 1968 Broken Arrow Music Crop. (ASCAP) "I Would Be Your Slave", "Slow Burn", "Afraid", "Everyone Says 'Hi'", and "A Better Future" Published by Nipple Music (BMI) Admin by RZO Music, Inc. "I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship" EMI Unart Catalog Inc. / Finius Myth Music (BMI).

Dave Grohl appears courtesy of Roswell Records, Inc. / The RCA Records Label
Pete Townshend apears courtesy if Lil Pie Recording Productions Ltd.

Issued in a standard jewel case with clear CD tray and a 12-page booklet with photos and credits.

Mastering SID on Variant 3 is uncertain - see image 4

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 9699-86630-2 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 696998663022
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 Reversed): CPTP-108083 2 AQ4
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L323
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 507C
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): CPTP-108083 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L337
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 5100
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): CPTP-108083 2 AQ5
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): unclear - IFPI L323 or IFPI L322
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 50AC
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): CPTP-108083 H4 1A 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4, 5, 6): IFPI L424
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 7281
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): CPTP-108083 H4 1A 05
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 7252
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6): CPTP-108083 H4 1A 03
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): 6704

Other Versions (5 of 69) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
508222 4 David Bowie Heathen(Cass, Album) ISO Records, Columbia 508222 4 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
508222 9, COL 508222 9, 5082229000 David Bowie Heathen(CD, Album, Enh + CD, Bon + Ltd, Dig) ISO Records, Columbia, ISO Records, Columbia, ISO Records, Columbia 508222 9, COL 508222 9, 5082229000 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
CDIM 508222 David Bowie Heathen(CD, Album, Enh) Columbia, ISO Records CDIM 508222 Mexico 2002 Sell This Version
2-508222 David Bowie Heathen(CD, Album, Enh) ISO Records, Columbia 2-508222 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
CK 86630 David Bowie Heathen(CD, Album, Enh, RE) Columbia, ISO Records CK 86630 US Unknown Sell This Version



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December 13, 2010
this was supposed to be a comeback record. a comeback from what? one of the most interesting periods of his career? i think it's more accurate to look at this as the second disc in his last trilogy, a trilogy that began with "hours..." and was characterized by an attempt to recapture a certain sound from the mid to late 70s. he even brings back visconti...

this was indeed marketed as a retro disc, so i'm not making that up. yet, the disc also has covers by the pixies, neil young and legendary stardust cowboy. this is an eclectic mix; surprisingly, only the third of the three is listenable, which may be reducible to the reality that it's the only one of the three tracks that i'm not familiar with. if cactus wasn't lame enough to begin with, there's something downright wrong about a 55 year old male singing a panty-raid song; the neil young track is just unsettling coming from bowie and it's hard to grasp what the thought process was. the legendary stardust cowboy track is teched up in the style of something from earthling and works for the same reason as the material from that disc worked; it stands out as an "electronica" track due it's high level of detail and production.

as you can see by taking a look at the credits, the instrumentation on the disc is very thick. it's not always utilized as well as it could be, and this is largely what separates the other tracks that i've crossed out from the ones that i've kept. the strings are utilized in the way that they are generally used in rock music: to appeal to the listener's sense of emotion, and while it works you have to suspend your thoughts first and allow yourself to be manipulated.

the first track opens the disc on a dark, moody note with an "angular" guitar track that strongly recalls robert fripp; these were always the best bowie tracks, and it is the highlight of this disc, apparently exploring dual commentaries regarding the rather profound political events that occurred between the release of hours... and the release of this disc; nothing has changed and everything has changed. this is a very typical take on politics from bowie, a view that strongly characterized his best discs and strongly characterizes this one as well. again, there's no point in discussing this because enough has been written about it and everybody knows that the main theme running through bowie's back catalogue is apathy towards world events and paranoia of the coming bombs. it leads to a rational conclusion: if the bombs are only months away anyways, why torture ourselves with the absurdity of modern life? why work all day to pay the motherfuckers? why not just fuck it all and dance......while we still can....

while this theme dominates, the title of the disc is "heathen" and there's also a religious theme through several of the tracks: afraid slightly sarcastically explores some alternatives to filling the psychological hole left by the rejection of a deity, whereas i would be your slave strikes me as the kind of defence of atheism that comes about after somebody has spent all night trying to convert you and heathen, admittedly, has lost me altogether, unless it's a commentary on byzantinism, which, while topical given the precise word "heathen", strikes me as rather preposterous.

i don't really recommend this as a standalone record; if you want retro bowie then search out retro bowie. however, there's enough decent material on it to justify adding it to any pre-existing bowie collection.