David Bowie ‎– The Laughing Gnome

Deram ‎– DM 123
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Inverted Label Matrix


A The Laughing Gnome
B The Gospel According To Tony Day

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Made in England

1967 push-out centre edition with label matrix DR 39798 / 39799 printed upside down (inverted) above the cat number. Unlike the 1973 rerelease David Bowie - The Laughing Gnome where the numbers are the right way up. Only copies with inverted matrices on the A and B labels are the original release. In addition, you can further distinguish this from the '73 rerelease as the date '1967' appears on the left hand side of the labels whereas on the later issue this date appears on the right hand side.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Rights Society (Boxed): BIEM | NCB
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A, inverted): DR 39798
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B, inverted): DR 39799
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): DR-39798-T1-1C AN
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): DR-39799-T1-1C AC

Other Versions (5 of 24) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DM 123 David Bowie The Laughing Gnome(7", Promo, TP) Deram DM 123 UK 1967 Sell This Version
45-10434 David Bowie The Laughing Gnome(7", Single) London Records 45-10434 Mexico 1974 Sell This Version
L 20079 David Bowie The Laughing Gnome(7") London Records L 20079 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
45-20079 David Bowie The Laughing Gnome(7", Promo) London Records 45-20079 US 1973 Sell This Version
MO 1378 David Bowie The Laughing Gnome / Rubber Band(7", Single) Deram MO 1378 Spain 1973 Sell This Version


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September 16, 2017
edited 8 months ago

Given the comments below plus my expansion of the release notes yesterday, there is now ample explanation on this release to help buyers differentiate between a '67 original, which is less common in its availability (thus more expensive), and the more readily available (cheaper) '73 reissue to cash in on Bowie's then new found fame. Per the general rule of buying not just vinyl but most other things, if something appears too good to be true that's because it is! Buyers if you ignore the proffered, friendly, advice on this and get burned then you can't blame anyone else. Not all sellers want to do you over but I'm afraid some do. Caveat emptor! :-)


January 18, 2016
I have a copy laughing gnome on both a and b dr 39798 is the any value


March 15, 2015
On the origial not only are the numbers DR 39798 upside down, as this was the norm for a Deram releases back in 1967. But another way to tell at a glance is the date 1967 is on the left not right on all the original copy's, the layout look's different without even needing a close inspection.


July 17, 2013
The upside down matrix comman in the sixties is the original 67 release and pressing


July 14, 2012

It doesn't seem like the picture above is the 1967 version but rather the 1973 version. http://www.bowie-singles.com/Early/The_Laughing_Gnome.html

Has anybody heard of a 1967 version without the upside down "DR 39798" print?



July 4, 2012

How does one tell this one http://www.discogs.com/David-Bowie-The-Laughing-Gnome/release/966367 (the 1973 re-release) and the above apart?

I should very much like to find out which version I have :)