58. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
1. Five Years
2. Soul Love
3. Moonage Daydream
5. It Ain’t Easy
6. Lady Stardust
8. Hang On to Yourself
9. Ziggy Stardust
10. Suffragette City
11. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
Who is/are David Bowie?
To Wikipedia! According to them, David Bowie “was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, becoming acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work. 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 albums worldwide, made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists.”
Why did you buy this album?
This is another purchase from my university days. Around the time Bowie released ‘hours…‘, his entire back catalogue was re-released on CD, remastered of course, and for a fairly reasonable price.
Having had a thorough education on Bowie through former colleagues at the British Library*, I chose to purchase ‘Ziggy Stardust…‘ based on memories of listening to the album in that office, and prior familiarity with ‘Starman‘, ‘Suffragette City‘, and ‘Moonage Daydream‘ thanks to my parents listening to BBC Radio 2 throughout my childhood.
What’s it like?
For many years, with the exception of the film ‘Labyrinth‘, this album was everything Bowie to me. There’s glam- and hard-rock in there, all mixed in with Bowie’s unique delivery, and all working together to form a fantastic, coherent album.
It’s been named as one of the best albums of all time by various publications, including Time, Rolling Stone, and Q. I’m not going to argue with them.
Well, maybe I’ll argue with Q. They did give a Semisonic album 5 stars…
After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?
I love this album. As I said earlier, this album was Bowie for me, and even though he released loads of music since, most of which has been brilliant, ‘Ziggy Stardust…‘ is my clear favourite.
Yes, it’s even better than the soundtrack to ‘Labyrinth‘.
Any stand-out tracks?
I definitely have a thing for the start of albums, as ‘Five Years‘ is terrific, and one of my favourite Bowie songs.
There’s also the obvious stand-outs of ‘Starman‘ and ‘Suffragette City‘, and I’ll also put forward the cover ‘It Ain’t Easy‘ and closing song ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide‘.
There are also notable mentions for, well, the rest of the album…
Rating out of 10?
Next up: David Bowie – Low
*Well, everything up to Tin Machine at least…