Album of the Day
David Bowie's second album, self-titled like his first, brought the singer-songwriter a step closer to the sound and vision that would make him world famous. Co-produced by Tony Visconti, the 1969 collection features nine dense originals including “Memory of a Free Festival,” “Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed” and “Cygnet Committee,” hewing closer to hippie folk than the cabaret stylings of his debut and finally placing Bowie firmly in the rock camp. By far the most famous track here is “Space Oddity,” a U.K Top 10 single that would've been a hit even without the topicality provided by the Apollo 11 moon landing. The album was reissued under that title to greater success in 1972, and while DAVID BOWIE was not yet Ziggy Stardust, it's a major turning point in the career of one of music's greatest artists.