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Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [30th Anniversary Edition]
     

Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [30th Anniversary Edition]

by David Bowie
 

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Bowie's initial foray into the rock equivalent of character acting helped make this complex disc a conceptual triumph when it was released in 1972. But it's the sheer quality of the performances, both Bowie's and those of bandmates including the late Mick Ronson, that's allowed it to hold up so well for three decades. To celebrate Ziggy's

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Bowie's initial foray into the rock equivalent of character acting helped make this complex disc a conceptual triumph when it was released in 1972. But it's the sheer quality of the performances, both Bowie's and those of bandmates including the late Mick Ronson, that's allowed it to hold up so well for three decades. To celebrate Ziggy's 30th, Bowie and some helpers have taken the original disc and retrofitted it with an entire album's worth of bonus material, including alternate versions of tunes that appear on the record and a smattering of seldom-heard outtakes. The bonus disc kicks off with a pair of off-kilter demos -- of "Moonage Daydream" and "Hang On to Yourself" -- that Bowie recorded under yet another of his early career personae, that of cabaret crooner Arnold Corns. That mood (although not that exact identity) also imbues a cover of Jacques Brel's boozy melodrama "Amsterdam," which kindred spirit Scott Walker recorded around the same time. Demos of both "Ziggy Stardust" and "Lady Stardust" diverge less spectacularly from the well-known renditions but still offer a few surprising twists and turns along the way. The outtakes presented here are largely the same ones that turned up on Ryko's 1990 reissue of the album, but this special package -- housed in a book-format package and featuring an all-new 36-page booklet -- does append a third version of "Moonage Daydream," mixed by Alan Moulder. Happy birthday, Zig.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's beautifully packaged, designed as a hardcover book, filled with full-color photos (many by Mick Rock, whose limited-edition book with Bowie, Moonage Daydream: The Life and Times of Ziggy Stardust, is sold with an insert), nice liner notes, and two individual sleeves for each disc in the collection. It's beautifully remastered, sounding perhaps even better than the Virgin reissue of 2000, while all the bonus material on the second disc sounds the best it ever has been (since it has still be only available on CD as bonus tracks on the Rykodisc editions). It's beautiful music, whether it's the seminal proper album, or the assortment of demos, early versions, B-sides, and outtakes on the B-sides, nearly all as good as what was on the album. In other words, the 30th Anniversary Edition of The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars is a lovely collectors piece, something that will surely please the legions of dedicated fans of Bowie and Ziggy who will easily pay for a lavish reissue like this. Those on a tighter budget, however, shouldn't despair, since even though this is an excellent reissue, all the essential music was already available on the initial Ryko edition of Ziggy, or other reissues they released, and if that's already part of your collection, you'll be as satisfied with that as you would be with this.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2002
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724353982621
catalogNumber:
39826

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Saxophone,Vocals
Dana Gillespie   Background Vocals
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Piano,Mellotron
Trevor Bolder   Bass
Lindsay Scott   Violin
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey   Drums

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Arranger,Producer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Mick Ronson   Arranger
Ken Scott   Producer
George Underwood   Artwork
Kevin Cann   Liner Notes,Repackaging Design
Terry Pastor   Artwork
Drew Lorimer   Artwork,Repackaging Design
David Buckley   Liner Notes

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