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Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust [Original recording remastered]

David BowieAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol Catalog
  • ASIN: B007OTZ654
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
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Originally released through RCA Victor on 6th June 1972, Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie's fifth album, co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott. Incredibly, the album was written whilst Bowie was recording 1971's Hunky Dory album, with recording beginning a couple of months before that album's release. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London between 8th November 1971 and 4th February 1972, with the line up: Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals, string arrangements), Trevor Bolder (bass), Mick Woodmansey (drums), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and backing vocals on `It Ain't Easy' by Dana Gillespie. As well as performing vocals, Bowie also played acoustic guitar, saxophone and harpsichord on the album and was involved in the arrangements, too.

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128 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Basics June 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Note: This a review of the 40th Anniversary CD remaster, issued in 2012.

There is a curious phenomenon happening in the world of Bowie CD remasters, which we can hope portends an attitude change in the music industry as a whole regarding the remastering of classic albums. This phenomenon is, simply put, going back to basics. More specifically, it appears as though EMI is actually starting to recognize that the sound of the original Bowie albums, at the time they were made, doesn't require improving upon. Rather, the best a remastering can do is present the original sound in the most faithful manner possible, from the best possible sources. This 40th Anniversary remastering of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars does just that.

Ironically, the original RCA Bowie CDs from the 1980s, which were lambasted at the time as subpar, actually did a pretty good job of staying faithful to the sound of the original LPs. Although they are rumored to have been from latter-generation sources, rather than the original master tapes, they have nevertheless held up very well in light of the reissues that followed: the anemic and overly bright Ryko reissues of the late `80s, and the bloated, heavily compressed Virgin/EMI remasters of the late `90s, which remain the standard versions available today. However, it was the 30th Anniversary edition of Ziggy Stardust that represented the nadir of all Bowie remasters: it sounded worse than even the '90s EMI remaster; worse yet, it actually removed portions of the music and reversed the stereo channels.
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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but poorly planned, rip-off reissue July 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Wow. 3-stars for Ziggy Stardust? Let me emphasize something right from the start: 3-stars is not indicative of my feelings towards the music contained on this set. Ziggy is a classic album, and deserves that status. In fact, in deserves far more than is offered in this poorly planned, shoddy two-disc "30th Anniversary Edition" offered from EMI.
Ziggy Stardust has been reissued countless times on CD in the past 15 years. In fact, let's take an inventory. There was the original, from-second-generation-tapes-but-unprocessed RCA disc that's currently having something of a critical renaissance. There was the original Rykodisc issue which came with bonus tracks. There was the anniversary Ryko box, with the same disc but a great box/booklet (far nicer than the one in this 30th Anniversary volume, and packaged much better to boot). Then there was the gold, Au20 series disc issued by Rykodisc (remastered again), and then in 1999 the Virgin reissue of the disc, which deleted the bonus tracks. And then this. While not publicized quite as much, it seems as if David might be competing with Hendrix or Elvis for "most endlessly reissued album" in this particular case.
So, uh, what do we have here, then? Well, we've got a two-disc set, held together by some *very* fragile packaging (the booklet seems almost designed to fall apart!). The main set is remastered again (although not very well...we'll get to that in a moment), and is supplemented by a second disc of bonus tracks.
Unfortunately, the iteration of "Ziggy" here is, I dare to say, the worst version on CD. The sound is slightly muddier than the already-overcompressed Virgin CD, but that isn't the main problem.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sonic problems with this edition November 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
My five issues with the mastering on this edition of one of my favourite rock albums:
(1) Some tracks have rather muffled sound: "Ziggy Stardust" is just a tiny bit congested when compared with the old EMI disc, but "Suffragette City" is noticeably lacking in upper-end bite. There's more low-end on the new disc, so this may represent an intentional change in emphasis, but it still sounds odd to my ears: much of the snarl is missing from Ronno's chugging guitar riffs.
(2) The little tiny three-note guitar lick at the very end of "Ziggy Stardust" -- the one *right* before "Suffragette City" crashes in -- has been faded out, so that the two songs no longer flow continuously one into the other. I can't imagine why this was done.
(3) The *really* puzzling one: the new disc has the stereo image REVERSED. Check out the opening of "Ziggy Stardust": the new disc has the acoustic guitar in the left channel, when it's been on the right on every previous release. Similarly, the five little hits on the ride cymbal at the very start of "Suffragette City" should be in the right speaker: here, they're on the left. It's not a remix: they've just swapped the L and R channels.
(4) The very first piano note in "Lady Stardust" is missing its initial attack: it sounds as if the track was faded up from silence, and a little bit of the initial "thunk" was lost. It's quite noticeable when compared with the 1999 EMI disc.
(5) The "one-two" count-in at the start of "Hang On To Yourself" is gone. Not reduced in volume: it's *gone*. The song just starts off with the two-chord hook. As far as I'm aware, every previous release of the album has had the count-in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bowie Ever
This has always been one of my favorite albums. It kicked off my music appreciation early in my youth. Love!
Published 4 days ago by Emily Swoboda
5.0 out of 5 stars ZIGGY STARDUST!
What else needs to be said. One of David Bowie's seminal efforts. For Bowie fans it is the holy grail.
Published 6 days ago by Kristin
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
bought it cause portnoy likes it
but i don't like it
it's a simple album with simple songs
maybe rock and roll suicide is epic but it's so short
Published 16 days ago by Kevin William Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bowie
I bought this album when I was in high school. It was the days when music was great. Today it all sounds the same. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars A real blast from the past
A remarkible album, which I well recall when it initially aired. I loved the "ZIGGY STARDUST" songs, especially the original, and included in this album is a track of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lama Milkweed L. Augustine
5.0 out of 5 stars DAVID BOWIE
I, love this cd by bowie I seen him in mpls -Minnesota I think this is his Best cd ever.................
Published 1 month ago by starman
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING PRICE!!!
Wow... what an amazing deal for this legendary artist and this legendary album! No one believed that I got this on Amazon.
Published 2 months ago by Eleanora Avakian
4.0 out of 5 stars missing extra songs....
This CD (although is the original) is missing the extra songs previously published.
The two really missed were original demos of Ziggy Stardust and Lady Stardust.
Published 2 months ago by Randall Garman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album.
Not much to be said other than this album is incredible. Sound Quality is 10 stars on vinyl. One of Bowie's greatest albums ever. So many great songs, both sides are excellent.
Published 3 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars "Ziggy" in Vinyl
Both the album and album jacket were in good condition. I was very happy and pleasantly surprised!!
Thank you David Bowie!!
Published 3 months ago by Paul Arata
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