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ZIGGY 30 years young!,
This review is from: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (30th Anniversary 2CD Edition) (Audio CD)
Although I don't feel that this is Bowie's best album (for me, that award would have to go to Hunky Dory or Low) this is certainly his most important, given that it broke his career after struggling for mainstream success for nearly a decade! This album has been released several times on LP and CD, this edition is probably most worthwhile to relative newcomers. Collectors like myself will be disappointed as almost all of the bonus tracks appeared during the 1990 'Sound + Vision' reissue series, either on "Ziggy" or the US box set. Of these "Round and Round" has been the least repeated (only previously collected in the UK on "Bowie Rare"), and "Sweet Head" is the most obscure. Not that it matters, if you're a completist you'll buy it anyway, and we can now own all the 1972 recordings under one roof. This album is not as glam-styled as others of the period, acoustic guitar and piano predominate (a la HUNKY DORY) with the exception of a few rockers in the second half. "starman" is still a perfect pop single, with snatches of "Over the Rainbow" and "You keep me hanging on" (listen to the 'morse code' riff closely!). Other subtle bits of referencing includes "Soul Love" following the melody line of "Stand by Me" (a la Life On Mars/My Way). But it is still an original sounding album. Mick Ronson's arrangements are truly beautiful, and Ken Scott's masterful production is economical yet effective, with a few nice mixing touches, such as the yelp bouncing between the speakers at the beginning of It Aint Easy, the 1-2 intro to Hang On, and the way the first three songs segue together seamlessly! If you don't already own it, this is probably a nice package to get.