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The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (180 Gram Vinyl)
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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, September 25, 2015
Vinyl, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, February 26, 2016
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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is the fifth studio album by David Bowie, which is loosely based on a story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust.Rhino will be breaking out ‘breaking out’ this albums from the David Bowie ‘Five Years 1969 – 1973’ box as a standalone releases. Available on1LP 180g Audiophile vinyl
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I played the lottery and lost, so many complaints about skipping defects and they are all true.
Star just skips right the way through the song.
Awful quality control by the pressing plant.
Amazon time to withdraw this item from sale.
Update May 4th 2018
Amazon assured me this defective product would be removed from sale, yet here it is available again when every person is leaving 1 star reviews because all this vinyl is defective.
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Tracking is at around 2 grams or less, as measured with Neoteck Digital Turntable Stylus Force Scale Gauge. The needle has around 200 hours on it.
There are certainly copies of this LP that skip on side two. My records are cleaned thoroughly before each use as was this album, and no skipping was ever encountered.
As a side note, the remastering of the album is excellent and there was no discernible surface noise from the vinyl.
So fresh from the package today, I played it. Side 1 was flawless, and from side 2 Lady Stardust played flawlessly. But then from Star onward, there is constant skipping. Star is downright unlistenable and the other songs afterward become hard to listen to because if the skips. I plan to contact Amazon about this, but I'm wondering if others have experienced the same thing?
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Like many other reviewers I had problems with the record jumping badly on the track Star, side 2 track 2. This was on not just 1 but 2 copies, received within 24 hours of each other - my original and its replacement.
This problem seems to have been going on for years judging by the reviews so I've gone for a refund this time.
Surely it can't be worth Amazon still selling this.
Firstly i'll deal with the packaging. The cover is of a very good quality with a fine textured finish, it comes with a copy of the original inner sleeve with lyrics and images, plus an antistatic plain white sleeve, a nice touch.
RCA logos have been replaced with that of Parlophone.
The vinyl is 180g with orange labels made to look like the originals but no RCA logos, instead it just says Bowie.
I always clean any vinyl i receive (old or new) before i attempt to think about playing it, no exception here. Put it through my cleaning machine and then sat to enjoy.
I can honestly say that the vinyl plays cleanly all the way through and is quite between tracks, very happy with it. Sounds great, i would prefer an original, but prices are getting ridiculous, so this remaster seemed ideal at the price.
When I listen to this album, I don't skip any of the songs. Soul Love, Moonage Day Dream, Suffragette City, Hang onto Yourself, Star, and Lady Stardust in particular became favourites of mine this year. I was surprised to see that Ziggy works really well on the piano, as a pianist.
One other thing that has surprised me, in relation to this album, is that It Ain't Easy is a David Bowie song or at least he did a cover version of the song. I recognise the song from an advert that was out in the last few years but it wasn't clear to me before listening to this album this year that the song was done by David Bowie.
Oh, and how could I forget Rock and Roll Suicide! It's a message song that I'm surprised isn't better known given how powerful it is, especially as time has gone on. I can imagine that this song has helped save a lot of lives over the years and will continue to do so.
As far as I'm concerned, there is no filler on this album, and it is worthy of being recognised as one of David's best.
I'm not alone in having owned several copies of this album in all its formats, from LP, to cassette, CD, re issue CD and even SACD. Now obviously if I've done that I must have a high opinion of the music so I won't comment too much on that.
Most people considering buying this are probably like me and asking themselves does this sound how I remember it in those glorious days of my youth? Or is it like some of the to be perfectly honest awful re issues or remasters?
Short answer, no not quite, but that could be my golden tinted memory of a youth long since gone, or a failing hearing from following the advice on the back cover of playing this at maximum volume. This is as close to how I remember it, and probably as close as I'll get.
As for the album itself, well I don't mind if people hate it, but for me it remains a thing of beauty with some fantastic musicianship and great story-telling. It doesn't contain classic songs, it won't leave you with any great insights into the meaning of life, but as a 1970's concept album it's right up there with the best.
The 40th Anniversary issue sounds great, and is definitely a must for Bowie fans who dont yet have this on vinyl. i personally prefer the artwork of the 1990s gatefold edition (which also had Sweet Head and Velvet Goldmine as bonus) but this new issue got a great sound and is a heavy vinyl, besides reproducing the original insert.
DVD bonus tracks and mixes are an interesting addition, albeit unnecessary.
I bought the vinyl record when it was first released in 1972. My vinyl copy is now very scratched after many hundred of plays and, anyway, I no longer have a turntable to play it on. This C.D. brings back memories.
If you like David Bowie's music then buy this - you won't be disappointed!