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David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

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 on 16 June 1972 in the United Kingdom by RCA Records. Most of the songs were written around the same time as its predecessor Hunky Dory.

Described as a rock opera and a loose concept album, Ziggy Stardust concerns David Bowie's titular alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a fictional androgynous, bisexual rock star who is sent to Earth as a savior before an impending apocalyptic disaster. The character was inspired by numerous musicians, including English singer Vince Taylor. Most of the album's concept was developed after the songs were recorded.

Preceded by the single "Starman", Ziggy Stardust peaked at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart and number 75 on the US Billboard 200. The album received widespread critical acclaim and, following his performance of "Starman" on the English television programme Top of the Pops, propelled Bowie to stardom. Not wanting Ziggy to define him, Bowie created a new character, Aladdin Sane, for his next album, which Bowie described as "Ziggy goes to America". It has since been called one of the most important albums in the glam rock genre and one of the greatest albums of all time.

Track listing

All tracks written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Five Years" – 4:42
  2. "Soul Love" – 3:34
  3. "Moonage Daydream" – 4:40
  4. "Starman" – 4:10
  5. "It Ain't Easy" (Ron Davies) – 2:58
Side two
  1. "Lady Stardust" – 3:22
  2. "Star" – 2:47
  3. "Hang On to Yourself" – 2:40
  4. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:13
  5. "Suffragette City" – 3:25
  6. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 2:58
1990 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (1972 single version, new 1990 remix) – 2:43
  2. "Velvet Goldmine" (Single B-side from the 1975 RCA rerelease of "Space Oddity") – 3:09
  3. "Sweet Head" – 4:14
  4. "Ziggy Stardust" (February 1971 demo) – 3:35
  5. "Lady Stardust" (March 1971 demo) – 3:35
2002 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Moonage Daydream" (Arnold Corns version)  – 3:53
  2. "Hang On to Yourself" (Arnold Corns version)  – 2:54
  3. "Lady Stardust" (demo)  – 3:33
  4. "Ziggy Stardust" (demo)  – 3:38
  5. "John, I'm Only Dancing"  – 2:49
  6. "Velvet Goldmine"  – 3:13
  7. "Holy Holy" (1971 rerecording)  – 2:25
  8. "Amsterdam" (Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman)  – 3:24
  9. "The Supermen" (Alternate version)  – 2:43
  10. "Round and Round" (Chuck Berry)  – 2:43
  11. "Sweet Head" (take 4)  – 4:52
  12. "Moonage Daydream" (new mix)  – 4:47
Released 16 June 1972
Recorded
  • 9 July 1971 ("It Ain't Easy")
  • 8, 11–12 & 15 November 1971, 4 February 1972
Studio Trident, London
Genre
Length 38:29
Label RCA
Producer

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