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Artist:David Bowie
Label:  RCA
Catalogue:RCA 2316
Date:29 Jun 1973
Chart Position:3
Collection:  I Own It     I Want It 
Community:132 Own, 4 Want
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ADavid BowieLife On Mars?David BowieKen Scott9.3  Rate
BDavid BowieThe Man Who Sold The WorldDavid BowieTony Visconti9.2  Rate


Release date from booklet 'The New Singles' No. 481

Reissued with black RCA labels in the early '80's


24th May 2015
 I have a copy of this with orange paper " Life On Mars " labels on both sides.

25th May 2013
 Nice one!

25th May 2013
 Pre-Ordered Mine a Month ago £4.99 What Records. H.

25th May 2013
 Picture disc 2013!

11th May 2013
 Maybe this was intended as a january 73 release ´cause of the number(RCA 2316).It has the same b-side as the US "Space Oddity" rerelease which was released that month(also on RCA).

Juke Jules
27th Dec 2012

16th Jul 2011
 Life On Mars was Bowie's third Top 10 single with extra-terrestrial connections, after Space Oddity and Starman.

This single is something of an oddity in the Bowie catalogue. First off, it was an LP track from 1971, but not released as a single until 1973. Also, when it finally did come out, its catalogue number was way out of sequence; it was number RCA 2316, and released two months AFTER Drive-In Saturday, which was RCA 2352. Nevertheless, it did as well as Drive-In Saturday (which was from his then most recent LP, Aladdin Sane).

I also notice the absence of a matrix number like those on earlier RCA singles. Didn't Drive-In Saturday have one of those, CGBS 1248, wasn't it? In that case, why didn't this one have one?

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Linked Releases

France - RCA Victor - 1970

Ireland - RCA Victor - 1971

Germany - RCA Victor - 1973

New Zealand - RCA Victor - 1973

Ireland - RCA - 1983

UK - RCA - 1983


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