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Ziggy Stardust

David BowieAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)

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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an ... Read more in Amazon's David Bowie Store

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Five Years
2. Soul Love
3. Moonage Daydream
4. Starman
5. It Ain't Easy
6. Lady Stardust
7. Star
8. Hang On To Yourself
9. Ziggy Stardust
10. Suffragette City
11. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

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After flirting with heavy guitar rock ("The Man Who Sold the World") and lighter pop ("Hunky Dory"), Bowie found middle ground on Ziggy Stardust. The creation of the Ziggy Stardust persona would live on well after Bowie shed the alien skin, marking the first rock concept album by a sexually ambiguous, artistically bent musician who confounded critics at every turn. A blend of dramatic strings, swaggering saxophones, jagged guitars, and theatrical arrangements, the album's darker rock numbers like "It Ain't Easy," "Moonage Daydream," "Ziggy Stardust," and the irresistible "Suffragette City," still serve as solid excursions into the future (then and now) of rock. The buoyant "Hang on to Yourself" and the dreamy "Star" offer hints of optimism in Ziggy's bleak world. The dramatic "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" and the image-heavy "Star Man" ("he'd like to come and meet us but thinks he'd blow our minds!") no doubt provided plenty of stage-worthy moments when Ziggy toured in the '70s, but years later they still thrill. Bowie blew our minds! --Lorry Fleming

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130 of 133 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
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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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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
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 Tremendous album gets a good remastering
Ziggy Stardust is a phenomenal recording of some of David Bowie's finest. Having grown up in the 80s, I really only knew Bowie's 80s pop phenomenons, not the progressive... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Stephen M. Lerch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect!!
Published 18 days ago by sharla sare
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I loved this album when it first came out. Yep, bought it as vinyl back in the day. I've lost a lot of music over the years and I just slowly replace it. Still a GREAT album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debra Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it on vinyl if you can!
I don't know, I'm not a huge audiophile but this is one of those ones where the original media format makes the experience somehow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin K. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie's most famous album on a Sony Super Audio remastered to 5.1....
This is the album that really made Bowie a household name in the U.S. The entire album is a work of art. Read more
Published 2 months ago by boc_spectre
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Lp on CD
Well finally a great sounding CD of this classic LP. I have the original RCA Victor pressing on vinyl and when it was finally put out on CD, it didn't sound as good as the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe Kantanick
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
It an interesting and fun musical experience.it tells the rise and fall of a rock Star messiah.This one of the best rock albums ever made
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Todd Clepps
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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Kristin
3.0 out of 5 stars okay - good
mike portnoy covered a song with neal morse, rock and roll suicide, which is indeed the last song on this record
i'll promote it cause it just barely crosses the line of good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin William Finn
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favorite song on ziggy stardust
"Starman". The chorus just itches to be sung and played back on loop...indefinitely. Coming off of Moonage, this song just accelerates the album to impossible heights.
Mar 25, 2011 by Joshua D. Cohen |  See all 16 posts
why is this this crap listed under punk rock? this was a crossdresser...
Your dismissal of one of rock music's true originals as "a crossdresser that played disco music" who was "in noway a punk rocker!" suggests two particular points...

1) You've obviously never listened to this album, because the ferocity of the song "Moonage Daydream"... Read More
Nov 6, 2007 by DPK |  See all 15 posts
this just shows how out of touch people these days are with punk rock...
Will you shut up? Please? You already posted the exact same verbal diarrhea under a different title. We get your freakin' point. David Bowie isn't punk rock. If he was punk rock, I probably wouldn't listen to him.
Jun 16, 2008 by Ms. Moonbeam |  See all 5 posts
wtf is 'it aint easy' doing on this album?
I TOTALLY agree with you - WTF!? Sweet Head would have been better.
Jan 19, 2009 by Spiritual Architect |  See all 6 posts
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