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The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars [Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered, SACD]

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  • Audio CD (29 Sep 2003)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered, SACD
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000AZAUM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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SUPER AUDIO CD-EAN 724352190027

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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. T. Anderson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Ziggy Stardust is one of those classic albums that has been reissued many times, but never done quite right. Until now? This is undoubtedly the best release yet, though there are a few peculiarities.

First, a note on the music. First released in 1972, this was the album that propelled Bowie to stardom. The band is Mick Ronson (guitar), Trevor Bolder (bass), Mick Woodmansey (drums) and Bowie on almost everything else. It was a tight band, but what makes the album is the immaculate songwriting and Bowie's own vocals, presence and energy. From the first drumbeats of Five Years to the dying chords of Rock `n' Roll Suicide, the album is nearly perfect.

The original UK LP sounds great, but subsequent releases have had various problems. The RCA CDs from the eighties are OK, though not a lot of trouble was taken with them, and they are hard to find now. The EMI release (Ryko in the USA) was clean but thin-sounding. Subsequent issues have been over-processed resulting in a slightly fatiguing sound. Even the SACD in 2003 was not that special, though it did feature a 5.1 mix that now reappears here.

But I am getting ahead of myself. This 2012 release comes in two forms, a single CD and a deluxe package with an LP and an audio-only DVD. It is the result of a new remaster done by the original engineer Ray Staff with the involvement of the original producer Ken Scott. The sound is excellent, perhaps the best it has ever been, though I still like the sound of my old original LP. Still, no pops and crackles, just a sparkling, clean remaster which finally does Ziggy Stardust justice.

There is one oddity. Starman has a "morse" section which comes after "Hazy cosmic jive" and is repeated later.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang On To Yourself! 25 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
From the slow beat of "Five Years" to the lamentable closing, "Rock & Roll Suicide", "Ziggy Stardust" has held its own in Rock history. Add the element of SACD (surround sound) and the album takes on a new life. From the acoustical clapping of "Soul Love" to the hard driving guitars of "Suffragette City", this new mix finally and clearly separates all the instruments without isolating them. It is a full band experience as if you were in the studio. The acoustic guitars sound so crisp and clean and Mick Ronson's guitar work sounds like new. I can't over-emphasize how great this version sounds, especially after marveling over "Dark Side Of The Moon" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Hang on to yourself!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music From The Red Planet 7 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
The opening track ’Five Years’ introduces this album as it means to continue. Sounding weird, beautiful, compelling and completely other worldly. The previous album had had the track ’Life On Mars’….well, frankly one listen to this album at the time should have prompted the question are there recording studios there too ’cos it sure as hell sounds like it. This is not just down to Bowie’s alien vocals which are superbly evocative throughout this set but the sound of the whole band too. They use the same instruments as had been used on countless albums beforehand. Yet here the piano sounds ghostly, the drums surreal and the guitar I can only describe as ziggy. If such a word exists. If not, it bloody well should.
So back to the start. ’Five Years’ is a marvellous futuristic piece full of fear and love and things just slipping away. These were to become major themes on Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album two years later. ’Soul Love’ is beautiful. A general comment: Bowie rarely reached the melodic heights he reaches on this album. ’Moonage Daydream’ is wonderfully freaky…far out as Bowie sings…great guitar from Ronson and a good punchy horn section in the middle. ’Starman’ was a hit single and is about as catchy as anything Bowie has recorded. And what’s wrong with that? Any song with the line ’Let all the children boogie’ is alright by me. ’It Ain’t Easy’ brings Side 1 (vinyl) to an uneasy close. A little depressing this one.
Side 2 (vinyl) opens in superb fashion.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it now! 19 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply, this album is a masterpeice, and it's easy to see why it launched Bowie into the mainstream. Conventional enough to listen to anytime, anywhere, while still having the ability to provoke the listener. It mixes a rough concept with beautifully crafted rock songs that talk of intergallatic rock stars and the end of the world. Each song is a brillient slice of perfect pop/rock that appeals to both young and old, working both as light entertainment, and on a deeper level if the listener so chooses.

The album gets off to a flying start with the slow fading in of the drums on "Five Years". The song speaks of the end of the world, and how the narrator is trying to experience as much of the world as he can before it ends in five years time. "Soul Love" is a smooth, soft groove that is suddenly interupted by the epic that is "Moonage Daydream". "Starman" is a nice almost child like ditty which you'll be singing all day long. "It Ain't Easy" is weird and waky, but non the less charming. "Lady Stardust" is just a brillient song (allegadly about Marc Bolan!?!). "Star" talks of the trials and tribulations of numerous humans trying to make it big. "Hang On To Yourself" is the punkiest song ever, strangly 6 years before it even existed (typical Bowie). "Ziggy Stardust" is a brillient guitar song, that leads onto the rip roaring "Sufferagette City". The last song on the album is one of the classic album endings. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" moves effortlessly from acoustic guitar into an uplifting shout along at the end.

"The Rise and Fall..." is good from start to finish. i only give it 5 stars cause it won't allow me to put 6. buy it! buy! it! buy it! buy it! buy it!!!!!!!!
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