David Bowie / “Earthling” LP reissue


David Bowie‘s 1997 album Earthling is being re-released on vinyl later this month.

Sometimes referred to as his ‘drum and bass’ album, Earthling is an uneven affair, but does feature the UK hit single Little Wonder as well as Telling Lies, which is supposedly the first single by a major artist to be available for download. I’m Afraid Of Americans was remixed and issued as a single in the US.

This edition from Music On Vinyl is standard black vinyl – not the limited edition blink-and-you-miss-it green version that was briefly available – and is a heavyweight pressing (180g). It comes packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

This LP reissue of Earthling is out on 28 October 2013.

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I loved the Leftfield remix of Little Wonder, a song that was brilliant on its own bat, but taken to an altogether different place by Leftfield


A quote from Music On Vinyl on their facebook page: “We were given the green light (pun intended) to produce the second pressing on transparent blue vinyl instead of regular black. We want to make sure all our Bowie fans get the chance to become a proud owner of a piece of Earthling-history. The blue records will arrive in stores right before the last weekend of October”


I thought there were a couple of weak tracks (“The Last Thing You Should Do” and “Law (Earthlings on Fire)”) but overall I really loved this album. I always liked Bowie best when he was taking risks and he certainly was not playing it safe here. I love “I’m Afraid of Americans” and “Little Wonder.” Bowie would sometimes play “Dead Man Walking” acoustic and the song still held up.

Even better than the album though was the tour. The band that year was on fire. The setlists varied greatly from night to night and Bowie dug out lots of long overlooked gems. I still keep my fingers crossed for a DVD from that tour.


The rumour is, there will be a transparant blue version as well


I always liked Dead Man Walking. This album was a bold step for Bowie. Not amongst his best but still worth a listen.

Bruno MacDonald

Another day, another Bowie debate! I thought this was a pretty good album, and would put “Dead Man Walking” in my Bowie top ten.

I’m curious to know if anyone actually buys this sort of reissue to play it, rather than collect it (not that there’s anything wrong with that. As Roger Waters once said in defence of Syd Barrett obsessives, “Some people collect stamps!”)


I’m Afraid Of Americans and Seven Years In Tibet are great songs, but the rest of the album is, erm, not the crowning glory of David Bowie.