The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Borrowing heavily from Marc Bolan's glam rock and the future shock of A Clockwork Orange, David Bowie reached back to the heavy rock of The Man Who Sold the World for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Constructed as a loose concept album about an androgynous alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust, the story falls apart quickly, yet Bowie's fractured, paranoid lyrics are evocative of a decadent, decaying future, and the music echoes an apocalyptic, nuclear dread. Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Borrowing heavily from Marc Bolan's glam rock and the future shock of A Clockwork Orange, David Bowie reached back to the heavy rock of The Man Who Sold the World for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Constructed as a loose concept album about an androgynous alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust, the story falls apart quickly, yet Bowie's fractured, paranoid lyrics are evocative of a decadent, decaying future, and the music echoes an apocalyptic, nuclear dread. Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style and the logical culmination of glam. Mick Ronson plays with a maverick flair that invigorates rockers like "Suffragette City," "Moonage Daydream," and "Hang Onto Yourself," while "Lady Stardust," "Five Years," and "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" have a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll. And that self-conscious sense of theater is part of the reason why Ziggy Stardust sounds so foreign. Bowie succeeds not in spite of his pretensions but because of them, and Ziggy Stardust -- familiar in structure, but alien in performance -- is the first time his vision and execution met in such a grand, sweeping fashion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724352190003
  • Catalog Number: 219000
  • Sales rank: 8,020

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Five Years (4:43)
  2. 2 Soul Love (3:33)
  3. 3 Moonage Daydream (4:39)
  4. 4 Starman (4:13)
  5. 5 It Ain't Easy (2:57)
  6. 6 Lady Stardust (3:21)
  7. 7 Star (2:46)
  8. 8 Hang on to Yourself (2:38)
  9. 9 Ziggy Stardust (3:13)
  10. 10 Suffragette City (3:25)
  11. 11 Rock & Roll Suicide (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bowie Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Rick Wakeman Harpsichord, Keyboards
Dana Gillespie Background Vocals
Mick Ronson Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Trevor Bolder Bass, Group Member
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
David Bowie Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ron Davies Composer
Mick Ronson Arranger
Ken Scott Producer, Audio Production
Peter Mew Remastering
Nigel Reeve Remastering
Kevin Cann Repackaging Design
Terry Pastor Artwork
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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    Bowie rocks out with his *(#$0 out changing the rock world as

    Bowie rocks out with his *(#$0 out changing the rock world as it was know at thar time ..Very original and unique..Will never forget an exciteing time.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    David Bowies greatest album

    This one is among the best albums ever made, but, the RYKODISC version has 5 great bonus tracks that are not on this CD. Its worth looking for that CD over this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    It cannot be said of too many albums, especially from the 70s, that they still hold up. Bowie's Ziggy Stardust proves to be one of the rare exceptions. It still sounds fresh today thirty six years after its release. Bowie seems to have found a way to combine his strengths as both a performer and a songwriter, traits exhibited to varying degrees on his first three albums, to create his masterpiece. This is a true classic that best sums up the glam rock era. Not a single wasted note is to be found here. This is an album which belongs in every collection! If you can find it, the Rykodisc version of this CD is worth tracking down as it contains five bonus tracks not included on subsequent reissues: The original recording of "John, I'm Only Dancing," "Velvet Goldmine," a rare B-side, "Sweet Head," and two demos: "Ziggy Stardust" & "Lady Stardust."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Bowie

    'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' is the greatest album of all time. The end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    where's the bonus tracks

    i was eagerly awaiting my copy of ziggy stardust, because it promised 5 bonus tracks. the copy i received had no such tracks, it ended after track 11 "rock and roll suicide" BIG DISSAPOINTMENT!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top 50 for a reason

    There is a reason that this album was selected as a top 50 of all time rockn'roll albums of all time. Bowie's finest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Single Finest Moment in David Bowie's Career

    This album, with its fractured, hypnotic lyrics and hard-rocking glam, was the highest point in Bowie's career. Bar none. Opening up with the spectacularly cinematic Five Years, and featuring classic rock numbers such as Moonage Daydream, Starman, Lady Stardust, Suffragette City, and most of all, Ziggy Stardust, this album finally rekindled David Bowie's popularity after his career began to fail following Space Oddity. The album FEELS like a soundtrack, Five Years being the opener, Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (not Rock and Roll With Me, as the track listing suggests) the closer, and the other nine tracks filling up the rest. Suffragette City may have silly lyrics, but the inspired "Wham, bam, thank you ma'am" is nothing short of amazing. Pick this up, even if you find Bowie a little strange. Personally, I think his stage persona is a little weird, but the music is excellent. I'm only fifteen, but I think classic rock is much better than anything that's going on today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Derivative and silly, but intermittently entertaining

    A slick careerist, David Bowie has spent much of his life capitalizing on, and exploiting, the far more profound and musically intricate work of Marc Bolan, the frontsman of T. Rex, and THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST is evidence of this. Much of ZIGGY STARDUST feels "borrowed": indeed, it "borrows" the more accessible aspects of T. Rex's magisterial ELECTRIC WARRIOR and exploits them in the most opportunistic and "radio-friendly" way imaginable. The album itself is glitzy and garish in a way that even T. Rex's final albums were not; its guiding thread or "concept" is superficial, to say the least (the only hint that Ziggy Stardust is an extraterrestrial life-form comes in the FOURTH SONG on the album, "Starman"). The execution is extremely incoherent: only the first song hints at an apocalypse ("Five Years"); the other songs do not. This leaves the listener feeling like ZIGGY STARDUST is less of a concept album than it is a series of disconnected songs randomly strung together. But the real question is: IS this album pleasant to listen to? Yes and no. I personally find "Suffragette City" to be over-the-top and silly. But I cannot deny that "Ziggy Stardust," "Lady Stardust," and "Starman" all have a kind of emotional power---even if that power comes from calculated emotional manipulation. The worst thing about Bowie are his intellectual pretensions (it was a relief to hear him admit that Brian Eno is the real intellectual, not him). I'm not a huge Bowie fan, as you can tell, but if you want to know what his best work is, I would say: the album HUNKY DORY and the song "I'm Afraid of Americans" (Trent Reznor-ized).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    David Bowie Kicks out the Jams

    This is THE David Bowie album to have. A genuine classic!!! Mick Ronson established himself as a guitarist to reckon with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    David Bowie RULES!

    Bowie + Mick Ronson = ROCKNROLL! Hang on to Yourself, one of my all time favorites! Ziggy Stardust, great song!! Suffragette City, another Bowie classic!!!

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