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Earthling - The Album

* * * * 4.48 out of 5 (392 votes)

Songs (Time)

Lyrics for all songs written by Bowie. Music written by Bowie, Gabrels and Plati except for Seven Years In Tibet, Dead Man Walking and Law (Earthling On Fire) by Bowie and Gabrels, Telling Lies, music by Bowie, I'm Afraid Of Americans music by Bowie and Eno.

  1. Little Wonder (6:02)
  2. Looking For Satellites (5:21)
  3. Battle For Britain (The Letter) (4:48)
  4. Seven Years In Tibet (6:22)
  5. Dead Man Walking (6:50)
  6. Telling Lies (new version) (4:49)
  7. The Last Thing You Should Do (4:57)
  8. I'm Afraid Of Americans (new version) (5:00)
  9. Law (Earthling On Fire) (4:48)
Release details
Released January 30 in France!
Released February 3 1997 in Europe
Catalogue number: BMG 74321 43077-2/4
Limited edition 12" vinyl released catalogue number: 74321 44944 1 and 74321 43077 1 (apparently at least two different versions exist of the 12" vinyl)
Producer
David Bowie & co-produced by Mark Plati and Reeves Gabrels
Musicians
David Bowie: vocals, guitar, alto sax, samples and keyboards
Reeves Gabrels: programming, synthesizers, real and sampled guitars, vocals
Mark Plati: programming, loops, samples, keyboards
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass, vocals
Zachary Alford: drum loops, acoustic drums, electronic percussion
Mike Garson: keyboards and piano
Studio
Looking Glass Studio, New York City

Hunters and Collectors

Hong Kong
Released August 1997 in Hong Kong, with bonus disc (Mandarin version of Seven Years In Tibet)
France
In France, at least at FNAC stores (the equivalent of Tower in the US), Earthling was offered with a bonus limited edition CD. The sleeve is covered by Union Jack flag colours scratched with a black ball point pen. (Information courtesy of Eric Castaing)
Japan
In Japan, the actual Earthling CD comes with an extra bonus track, namely Telling Lies (Adam F remix).
UK 12" vinyl
A limited edition 12" will be released Monday, 17 February. This is apparently very difficult to find according to my UK correspondents.

Reviews

This album "combines jungle, hip-hop and ambient dance beats with rock" according to Billboard Magazine.
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Trivia

Chart Performance

by Dara O'Kearney

All album charts are sales-based. In each case, the first number you see is the first week's performance, the second the second's week performance, etc. For the purposes of comparison, I also include details of Outside's performance in the key first week or two, where available. Some of the Outside figures are drawn from my own or other people's memories, so they may be somewhat defective.
Country Week  
  1 2 3 4 56 7 8 9101112131415Outside #s
USA 39 62 97 106 142179 left top 200                   21, 51, 81, 96, out
France 9 14 29 13 21 37 49 left top 50              peaked at 10
Germany 75 11 28 35 23 40 56 69 left top 100              peaked at 85
UK 6 23 42 65 117 143 164 200 left top 200 111 116 106 145 159 163   8, 19, 36, 58
Italy 8 10 12 15 17 16 left top 25                   didn't crack top 50
Switzerland 20 33 24 24 2936 48 left top 50                 didn't crack top 50
Austria1515 16 16 2422 25 34 47 50 50left top 50        Didn't crack top 20
Denmark? 18 26 3339left top 40                 Peaked at #10
Finland 17 12 18 21 left top 40                       
Sweden 5 7 24 26 3643 59 left top 60                 didn't crack top 10
Norway 13 21 37 left top 40                       15, 28, out
Ireland 13 19 28 left top 30                        didn't crack top 30
Estonia 1 4 1 5 10 left top 10 8 left top 10                  
Poland
Cracow only
4 2 4 2 2 ?? out of top 10 out out out out 7 4 out   
Belgium
Flemish part
French part
14
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5
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24
34
19
left top 40
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Pan-Europe Top 10
First Pan-Europe Top10
since Tonight
7 10 left top 10                          
CD-Now
Online music store
1 1 6 12 left top 20still out 12 left top 20                 
CDUniverse
Online music store
1 4 8 12 1111 left top 20                    
Japan 20 22 ?                         
New Zealand 15 19 28 26 4344 left top 50                  
Australia 65 45 75 55 6892 98 95 92 86left top 100          didn't crack top 100
Netherlands 17 ?                              
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