David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

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The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (often shortened to Ziggy Stardust) is the fifth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released in June 1972 via RCA Records and has been consistently considered one of the greatest albums of all time.

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), better known by his stage name David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. For over five decades, he was regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world’s best selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number on albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars tells the story of Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust the human manifestation of an alien being who attempts to present humanity with a message of hope in the last five years of its existence. Ziggy Stardust represents the definitive rock star: sexually promiscuous and wild in drug intake, but with a message of peace and love. He is destroyed both by his own consumptions, and by the fans he inspires. The album, and the character of Ziggy Stardust, was known for its glam rock influences and themes of sexual exploration and social commentary. These factors, coupled with the ambiguity surrounding Bowie’s sexuality and fuelled by a ground-breaking performance of Starman on Top Of The Pops, led to the album being met with controversy.

The story with Bowie’s fractured, paranoid lyrics are evocative of a decadent, decaying future, and the music echoes an apocalyptic 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 On To Yourself, while Lady Stardust, Five Years, and Rock 'n' Roll Suicide have a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll. Starman, an acoustic ballad accentuated by space age transitional effects, orchestration, includes a great post-chorus riff by Ronson.

Ziggy Stardust, the album’s default theme song, is a unique rocker with tight instrumentation which heavily leans towards riff-driven classic rock during the verses, while the choruses drift towards the newly-established Bowie sound. Mick Ronson really shines on this song with his crisp, distorted, and methodical guitar riff which gives the song an eternal signature. Bowie accents the two parts of the song with distinct vocals and well delivered lyrics in each.

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.

This limited edition LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with reproduced original artwork is pressed in Europe.









Five Years



Soul Love



Moonage Daydream






It Ain’t Easy



Lady Stardust






Hang On To Yourself



Ziggy Stardust



Suffragette City



Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide


SKU 0825646287376
Record Label Parlophone Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number DB69734
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 26 February 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 16 June 1972
Barcode # 0825646287376
Shipping Weight 0.3050kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Remastered, Inner Sleeve, Reissue of 40th Anniversary Remaster
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Glam Rock
Genre Art Rock

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