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Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars Limited Edition, Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00007MF8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Hang On To Yourself
3. Ziggy Stardust
4. Watch THat Man
5. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
6. All The young Dudes
7. Oh! You Pretty Things
8. Moonage Daydream
9. Changes
10. Space Oddity
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Intro
2. Cracked Actor
3. Time
4. The Width Of A Circle
5. Let's Spend The Night Together
6. Suffragette City
7. White Light/White Heat
8. Farewell Speech
9. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

Editorial Reviews

David Bowie's final concert as his most famous alter ego is one of the more legendary shows in the rock canon, but aficionados have frequently held this audio document, as recorded by Dylan/Monterey Pop documentary director D. A. Pennebaker, in somewhat low regard. Of course, the wonderful Ziggy Stardust album was such a pristine production that any live reproduction suffers in comparison, but fans may notice a significant improvement three decades later. Whether time has made the closer-to-garage-rock ethos of the live Spiders from Mars play better or whether it just sounds better is hard to say. But this 30th anniversary version does sound a whole lot better than all previous versions. Producer Terry Visconti has remastered what was once murk into something that sounds crisp and clear. The new packaging is lovely and the entire concert--incidental intro music and all--is documented for the first time. Pity the rights couldn’t be re-secured to include Jeff Beck’s long-deleted appearance on "Jean Genie," and Jacque Brel's "My Death" is still a tad melodramatic. But you also get most of the great Ziggy tunes, a few earlier classics, several from the then-unreleased Aladdin Sane, a terrific "All the Young Dudes," and perhaps the best cover ever of the Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat." --Bill Holdship

Product Description

This 2 CD box set is the 2003 Virgin 30th anniversary special edition release of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars motion picture soundtrack. Catalog 72435-41979-2-5. Inner sleeves, booklet, outer box and plastic slip cover are in great condition. There is a saw cut on the spine of the box.

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Great CD Possibly one of the best Live recordings ever.
The liner notes are also a great plus with a complete list of the dates from this magnificent tour.
Mark R. Garner
Finally... a David Bowie LIVE album worth the addition to any Bowie fan's collection!
M. Olson

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on March 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack" is a recording of the final live performance by David Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust' era band. Bowie had fully embraced the glam sound and his live performances carried an unnervingly high level of energy, and with a group more than capable of matching his intensity featuring guitarist Mick Ronson, this performance captured is enormously powerful.

Before I note anything else, it's important to mention that the sonic improvement of this reissue over all the other ones is staggering-- this has always been a great show that was not great to listen to, but through some arcane wizardry, it's been restored to really pristine sound-- it could have been recorded last month instead of over 30 years ago.

The music itself is about intensity and energy-- from the opening strains of a fierce and explosive "Watch that Man" to the closing "Rock n Roll Suicide". Along the way, Bowie manages distorted hard rock energy ("Ziggy Stardust", taken up in volume from the studio recording), sensitive and moody ("My Death"), and excitable ("Suffragette City") and a blazing take on "The Width of a Circle" with a seemingly endless bout of pyrotechnics from Ronson. This is an artist and a band in full flight, and it is an invaluable recording.

I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in Bowie's glam era, even if you've the previous issue of this recording. The sonic improvements are worth the cost alone. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Olson on April 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For many years Bowie fans have had to accept the shoddy sound quality of previous releases of this album. Now, a full remaster with vibrant sound has been made available.
The show has been expanded somewhat in that it now consists of two discs, and "Width Of A Circle" has been restored to it's original 15 minute length. Intros and farewell speech are included, making this the best official release yet.
The packaging is also quite nice. The CDs are housed in a black box each in their own cardboard sleeves. Included in the set is a mini poster with highlights of newspaper headings and pictures from that fateful night, a reproduction of a concert ticket from the show, and finally a introspective booklet.
Finally... a David Bowie LIVE album worth the addition to any Bowie fan's collection!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This new mix of Bowie's legendary "farewell" concert in 1973 is in every way an improvement on the Rykodisc release. I originally owned the album on a two-record vinyl LP set, and for the first time, it sounds like a concert rather than a live recording. The balance between the ambient noise of the crowd and the performance is much more realistic, the bass and piano have more punch, the guitar is jackhammer solid, and Bowie's vocals sound better than ever.
In contrast to previous audio releases on vinyl and CD, this contains the soundtrack as presented in the film. The original 2-disc vinyl release, and subsequent CD reissues, not only have a mix that's markedly different from what you hear in the movie, but some of the performances are different. For example:
In the older issues, on "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" Bowie hits a spectacular high note on the last word ("free") and holds it for several seconds as the band segues into "All the Young Dudes". It's a spine tingling moment, one of the high points of the recording... but it's not here --- and it's not in the movie. Bowie sings an ordinary low note at the transition.
I saw the movie in a theater and again on VHS and laserdisc, and recently watched the new DVD release. I'd forgotten how strong these differences were! Some of them can be attributed to the difference in the mix, but others must have been taken from a previous performance.
This new mix is a dramatic improvement in every way; but I'm going to hang on to my old Ryko CD; I miss that high note. It
really makes a difference!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Greenaway on April 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A most memorable and noteworthy concert finally gets the treatment that it deserves.
When the 30th anniversary edition of this cd was released I had the old version on my stereo in the car. The difference in the mix is starteling. Most noticeably right off the bat is the extended intro tape leading into the opening riff of Hang On To Yourself.
I have owned a bootleg recording of this gig for many years which, while representing an incomplete set still had two things over the legitametely released version. The first thing was Mick Ronson's guitar. It, along with the other instruments was buried so far down in the original mix as to be almost criminal.
Now, with this new version all the instruments are right up front where the deserve to be. Anyone listening to this new disc who's hairs do not stand up on the back of their necks when Ronson hits the first chords of Hang On To Yourself should be ashamed of themselves.
The one sad point about this set and the sole thing that stops me from giving this a five star treatment is the lack of the Jeff Beck tunes.
For those who do not know the full history of Ziggy's retirement gig, Jeff Beck joined the Spiders for rousing versions of Jean Genie / Love Me Do and Around and Around. Rumour has it that Beck never gave his permission for the inclusion of his guest spot because he was disappointed in his performance.
If this is truley the case and this was the sole reason that these two songs were not included in this remastered edition then shame on Mr. Beck.
While I have never heard his spot on Around and Around the boot that I mentioned above does include his Jean Genie / Love Me Do spot and all I can say is that he had absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
Regardless, this is an amazing upgrade of the previously available set and should be picked up without hesitation. Even if you already own the previous version.
Go ahead... I'll wait.
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