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

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

by David Bowie

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724352190027
catalogNumber: 21900

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
Kevin Cann   Repackaging Design
Terry Pastor   Artwork

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Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust [40th Anniversary] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Rob_Scott More than 1 year ago
This 2012 remastering is the best I've ever heard this album. Crisp highs and smooth lows with warmth not heard in earlier CD versions. It was hard to find but worth the effort.