The 40th anniversary rerelease of David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars has arrived, and CraveOnline is celebrating with a limited edition vinyl giveaway!
Originally released through RCA Victor on 6th June 1972, Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie’s fifth album, co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott. Incredibly, the album was written whilst Bowie was recording 1971’s Hunky Dory album, with recording beginning a couple of months before that album’s release. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London between 8th November 1971 and 4th February 1972, with the line up: Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals, string arrangements), Trevor Bolder (bass), Mick Woodmansey (drums), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and backing vocals on ‘It Ain’t Easy’ by Dana Gillespie. As well as performing vocals, Bowie also played acoustic guitar, saxophone and harpsichord on the album and was involved in the arrangements, too.
The album’s influence is immeasurable – it converted legions of fans, becoming the zeitgeist and a major influence on the next generation, particular those who were involved in the punk movement – musicians, artists, designers – and the subsequent re-birth of rock and pop.
Famously, Bowie killed Ziggy at his peak at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, on July 3rd, 1973, though Ziggy Stardust’s influence was to redefine popular culture forever: pop music was never the same again.
The 40th anniversary edition, which has been remastered by original studio engineer Ray Staff, will be available June 5th on CD and a special limited edition vinyl with a 5.1 surround sound mix and high resolution DVD audio. The DVD audio also features previously unreleased 2003 mixes of Moonage Daydream (instrumental), The Supermen, Velvet Goldmine, and Sweet Head.
Pre-order now on Amazon.