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Images 1966–1967

Images 1966–1967
Compilation album by
ReleasedFebruary 1973
GenreMusic hall, orchestral pop, psychedelic pop, folk rock
LabelDeram, London
ProducerMike Vernon (except where indicated)
David Bowie chronology
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Images 1966–1967
Aladdin Sane
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music
The Rolling Stone Album Guide
Spin Alternative Record Guide2/10

Images 1966–1967 is a 1973 compilation album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It comprises his 1967 self-titled debut album for Deram Records and various singles and B-sides recorded for Deram between 1966 and 1967.

The arrangements on this compilation are not reminiscent of the glam rock that broke Bowie through to success. They are mostly orchestral with sound effects created in the recording studio. The music was recorded early in Bowie's career when he was still in obscurity, from 1966 to 1967. At the time he was signed to Deram Records, who dropped him in 1968 due to poor sales, before his first hit, "Space Oddity", in 1969. At the time of the music's recording, Bowie was influenced by the London cabaret scene and the song styles created therein, particularly the work of singers such as Anthony Newley.

In the UK, The World of David Bowie had never gone out of print, when Bowie finally had his breakthrough in 1972 with the album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and could still be obtained in British record shops at that time. In the US, where none of the Deram material was released since 1967, the original LP and singles were packaged into this double-album set and released in the US on Decca's American branded label, London Records. The release came at about the same time as Bowie's sixth studio album, Aladdin Sane, as Bowie was gaining popularity in the US. American copies of the compilation featured a cartoon cover, depicting characters or situations from each song. The compilation gained Bowie a significant 1973 hit, "The Laughing Gnome".

The album cover was designed by Neon Park, known for his similar artwork for Frank Zappa's Weasels Ripped My Flesh. In 1975 the album was issued in the U.K. with a new front cover featuring a Young Americans promotional photo and the U.S. cartoon design relegated to the inner gatefold.

Track listing

All tracks are written by David Bowie.

Side one

  1. "Rubber Band" – 2:17
  2. "Maid of Bond Street" – 1:43
  3. "Sell Me a Coat" – 2:58
  4. "Love You till Tuesday" – 3:09
  5. "There Is a Happy Land" – 3:11

Side two

  1. "The Laughing Gnome" – 3:01
  2. "The Gospel According to Tony Day" – 2:48
  3. "Did You Ever Have a Dream" – 2:06
  4. "Uncle Arthur" – 2:07
  5. "We Are Hungry Men" – 2:58
  6. "When I Live My Dream" – 3:22

Side three

  1. "Join the Gang" – 2:17
  2. "Little Bombardier" – 3:24
  3. "Come and Buy My Toys" – 2:07
  4. "Silly Boy Blue" – 3:48
  5. "She's Got Medals" – 2:23

Side four

  1. "Please Mr. Gravedigger" – 2:35
  2. "The London Boys" – 3:20
  3. "Karma Man" – 2:58
  4. "Let Me Sleep Beside You" – 3:24
  5. "In the Heat of the Morning" – 2:59 (produced by Tony Visconti)

Chart performance

In the United States, Images 1966–1967 peaked at number 144 on the Billboard 200 during 1973.

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