David Bowie - ★

Blackstar: 180 Gram Vinyl Pressing with Digital Download

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(pronounced Blackstar) is David Bowie’s 28th studio album and his first since stunning the world in 2013 with the critically acclaimed The Next Day.

The release date for coincided with David Bowie's 69th birthday on 8 January 216. It was released worldwide through Bowie's ISO Records label.

Bowie died two days after its release. Co-producer Tony Visconti described the album as Bowie's intended swan song and a "parting gift" for his fans before his death.

Blackstar was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the number one spot in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie's death, and becoming Bowie's first and only album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. The album remained at the number one position in the UK charts for three weeks before being replaced by one of Bowie's compilation albums, Best of Bowie.

The album’s title track is the first single, and is accompanied by a short film visual directed by the acclaimed Johan Renck. Music from the ★ single has been featured in the opening title credits and trailers for the new TV series The Last Panthers. The series, also directed by Johan Renck, began airing across Europe in late-October and will premiere in the U.S. on SundanceTV in Spring 2016.

Bowie recorded the album in the midst of an ongoing battle with cancer. His illness was only known by those very close to him and that remained so until the news of his death became public, two days after the album's release.

It became apparent immediately after that many lyrics seem to come from a man who knows death is near. Like The Next Day, recording of this album took place in secret at The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios in New York City.  

Bowie began writing and making demos for songs that appear on Blackstar as soon as sessions for The Next Day concluded. The two songs that appear on Blackstar that were previously released, Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) and 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore, were re-recorded for Blackstar, including new saxophone parts.

The song Lazarus was included in Bowie's Off-Broadway musical of the same name.

This is a US Pressing on 180g heavyweight black vinyl housed in a special die-cut cover art gatefold jacket.  The LP includes a 16 page 12" x 12" square color booklet with special varnish. The LP cover package is a gatefold sleeve with a die-cut star cover which you ‘look through’ to see the vinyl inside.

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Tracklisting:

A1    

★ (Blackstar)

09:57

A2

'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore

04:52

A3

Lazarus

06:22

B1

Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)                               

04:40      

B2

Girl Loves Me

04:51

B3

Dollar Days

04:44

B4

I Can't Give Everything Away

05:47

SKU 888751738713
Record Label ISO Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88875173871
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 08 January 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 08 January 2016
Barcode # 888751738713
Shipping Weight 0.5700kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.317m
Shipping Cubic 0.000896000m3
Type New
Format 180 Gram Vinyl LP with Cut Out Gatefold Sleeve, Clear Plastic Wallet Housing LP Record, 16 Page Booklet & Digital Download
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Avant-Garde Jazz
Format VINYL LP

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