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The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spider from Mars [Remastered]

The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spider from Mars [Remastered]

by David Bowie David Bowie
The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spider from Mars [Remastered]

The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spider from Mars [Remastered]

by David Bowie 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. [Rise and Fall was remastered and re-released on CD in 2105.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0825646283415
catalogNumber: 791382
Rank: 1873


  1. Five Years
  2. Soul Love
  3. Moonage Daydream
  4. Starman
  5. It Ain't Easy
  6. Lady Stardust
  7. Star
  8. Hang on to Yourself
  9. Ziggy Stardust
  10. Suffragette City
  11. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals
Rick Wakeman   Harpsichord
Dana Gillespie   Background Vocals
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Mellotron,ARP
Trevor Bolder   Bass
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mick Ronson   Arranger
Ken Scott   Producer
Brian Ward   Back Cover,Inlay Photography
Terry Pastor   Artwork
Aisha Cohen   Associate Project Coordinator
Mark Adams   Photo Scanning,Retouching
Gavin O'Neill   Photo Scanning,Retouching

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