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David Bowie The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars LP 180 Gram Vinyl 2016 EU

Artist: David Bowie
Title: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And...
Catalog Number: DB69734
Label: RCA Victor
Reissued by: Parlophone
Barcode: 0825646287376
Original release year: 1972
Reissue year: 2016
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Total Item Weight: 315gr
Pressing country: Germany
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: April 11, 2016
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From all the Bowie 2016 reissues, this particular album reissue is special because EMI decided to use the same mastering from the previous 40th Anniversary release, that means this is the only 100% analog cut of Bowie's catalog currently in print, and it sounds glorious. Don't miss it!


Definitive reissue on vinyl by the original recording producer Ken Scott and remastered 100% analog by original engineer Ray Staff from the Original Analog Master Tapes at AIR Mastering Studios in the UK. This audiophile reissue gives Ziggy Stardust a new life with stunning resolution, fast transiet response, wide sound stage and extended frequency range. 

This as close as you'll ever get to the Original Analog Master Tape, there is transparency and immediacy in this remaster that was never available before on any format. This is one of the best reissues released in the last 10 years, amazing sound quality expertly produced to the highest audiophile standards.

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  • 180 Gram Vinyl LP
  • Original Producer Ken Scott in charge of this reissue project
  • Remastered from Original Analog Master Tapes
  • Remastered by original Trident Studios engineer Ray Staff at AIR Mastering



David Bowie's The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars erased borders, eliminated stereotypes, broke open cultural possibilities, and spawned a legacy like no other. More than four decades after its release, the record remains one of the most electrifying and brilliant works ever released. Again available on 180g vinyl LP, it is here presented in freshly remastered sound that does justice to Bowie, Mick Ronson, and company's creative genius.


Ziggy Stardust is an album written by an aspirant rock star in the guise of a hugely successful one. This nifty deceit has led to it being dubbed the first post-modern pop record. Its songs obtusely referenced aspects of rock history, whilst at the same time tell a story of a future world of extraterrestrial intervention and space-age androgyny. Ziggy Stardust works so well because it's a concept album with the ‘concept' taken out.

"We certainly didn't go into it thinking that the entire album would be a concept album," says producer Ken Scott. "It was a bunch of songs that worked together. Now yes, there is a story for a few of the tracks that hook them together, but, that's it, a few of the tracks." "I think the best thing I did was to leave him so open-ended," Bowie rightly pointed out. "It wasn't a specific story. There were specific incidences within the story, but it wasn't as roundly written as a usual narrative is. The only trouble about copying someone who is really well known is that you know all the facts about them, so you can't actually be that person. But, because Ziggy was kind of an empty vessel, you could put a lot of yourself into being your own version of him."


"Moonage Daydream" is simply stunning, the end-of-song solo by Mick Ronson, which dissolves into spacey, phased high strings, makes it, even more so than "Space Oddity," the definitive space-rock Bowie anthem. "Star," and, most importantly, "Hang On to Yourself" were precursors of punk rock. "Starman" is such a crafty steal from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that it was bound to be huge. The title track’s closing salvo, 'Ziggy played guitar' is so famous now that its three words could be Bowie’s tombstone epitaph.


"Suffragette City" became a Bowie classic: its powerhouse of a riff, booming ARP synthesizer, and "Wham Bam Thank You Ma’m!" are still ludicrously thrilling. "Soul Love" and "Lady Stardust" are beautiful little songs and surely two of Bowie’s most underrated. But it’s the astonishing opener and the killer of a closing number that take you into Bowie’s parallel universe. The scene of anarchy on the streets melded with a simple love story that is "Five Years" is surely one of Bowie’s greatest moments. Everything from the heartbeat drum figure which opens the song to the hysteria of the ending works perfectly. And "Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide" is as impassioned a performance as any on the record.


So much of pop music would have been unthinkable, unimaginable, without this record. In pop, you're always best remembered for your initial breakthrough. Bowie's career trajectory through soul, electronica and avant-garde pop is perhaps, in part, an attempt to free himself from this stereotyping circa 1972.



Track Listing:

LP Side A:
1. Five Years 4:42
2. Soul Love 3:34
3. Moonage Daydream 4:40
4. Starman 4:14
5. It Ain't Easy 2:58

LP Side B:
1. Lady Stardust 3:22
2. Star 2:47
3. Hang On To Yourself 2:40
4. Ziggy Stardust 3:13
5. Suffragette City 3:25
6. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide 2:58

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