Album

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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars 12" Vinyl 11 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) SF 8287
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars 12" Vinyl 11 RCA Victor LSP-4702 [none]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars 12" Vinyl 11 RCA Victor LSP-4702 [none]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars 12" Vinyl 11 RCA Victor LSP-4702 [none]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars 12" Vinyl 11 RCA Victor AFL1-4702 [none]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars 12" Vinyl 11 RCA Victor AYL1-3843 [none]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars 12" Vinyl 11 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-064 [none]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars 12" Vinyl 11 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) YL 13843
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) PD 84702 0035628470225
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) PCD1-4702 078635470222
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) R32P-1037 498801700731
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 16 Rykodisc RCD 10134 [none]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (deluxe custom box) CD 16 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDEMC 3577, CDEMCX 3577, CDP 79 44 000, CDP 79 4400 0 0077779440009
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 16 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDEMC 3577, CDP 79 4400 2 0077779440023
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 16 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDEMC 3577, CDP 79 4400 2 0077779440023
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (jewel case and photo book in deluxe case) CD 16 Rykodisc RCD 90134 [none]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1990 limited edition two 12" clear vinyl LP's (second is single-sided) release of album.) 12" Vinyl 16 Rykodisc RALP 0134 014431013416
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 16 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-8864 4988006717770
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 16 Rykodisc RCD 80134 014431813429
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 521 9000, 7243 521900 0 3 0724352190003
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and its subsidiaries) 7243 521900 0 3 724352190003
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-65308 4988006775091
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (broken 30th anniversary edition) 2×CD 11 + 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 539 8262 724353982621
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (broken 30th anniversary edition) 2×CD 11 + 12 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-66073, TOCP-66074 4988006802834
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (broken 30th anniversary edition) 2×CD 11 + 12 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”) 7243 5 39826 2 1 724353982621
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (♣ fixed 30th anniversary edition) 2×CD 11 + 12 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-66073, TOCP-66074 4988006802834
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars Hybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer) 11 + 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 07243 521900 2 7 724352190027
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-53505 4988006831742
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-70144 4988006849808
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars SHM-CD 11 EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint) TOCP-95044 4988006875999
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (40th anniversary edition 2012 remaster) CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) DBZS 40 5099946361325
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (40th anniversary edition 2012 remaster) CD 11 EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint) TOCP-71313 4988006895171
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (40th anniversary heavyweight vinyl & hi res audio edition) 12" Vinyl + DVD-Video 11 + 41 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) DBZSD 40, DBZSLP 40, DBZSX 40 5099946361417
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 Parlophone 0825646283415 0825646283415
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars Digital Media 11 Parlophone UK
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (2012 remaster) CD 11 Parlophone RP2-791382 825646283415
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 521900 0 3
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars Digital Media 11 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and its subsidiaries)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 16 Rykodisc RCD 10134 014431013423
Promotion
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (40th anniversary sampler) CD-R 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
Bootleg
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (unknown) 18
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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars CD 11 724352190003

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covers: Paper Bag Records VS The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by Various Artists
mash-ups: The Rise and Fall of Thuggy Stardust and the Hustlers From Mars by MAN-CAT
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 35)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000626129 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/1561 [info]
Wikidata: Q682846 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/david_bowie/the_rise_and_fall_of_ziggy_stardust_and_the_spiders_from_mars/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/17594/ [info]
reviews: http://5years.com/ [info]
http://illustrated-db-discography.nl/Ziggy.htm [info]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/2hf9 [info]

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It sounds like a cliche, but to an entire generation this album has become a yardstick by which to measure all others. Why the hyperbole? Because the strength of Ziggy lies in its completeness. Not a track is out of place, in fact not a NOTE is out of place, and at just over 38 minutes it is (and this has been scientifically proven, boys and girls) the perfect length. Every R&B and Hip Hop artist in the universe take note. So, does it still stand up after 30 years? Is it a major strand in rock's rich tapestry, with its gender bending bravado and melodramatic sweep; or just an ephemeral piece of fluff about a bisexual pop star living through the apocalyptic countdown?

With its so-called classic status written in stone, a perverse logic makes you want to reassess the album in a negative light. It can't be as good as all that can it? But remember, there's a reason why all those bands have dined out on this sonic template (step forward Suede, Supergrass and countless others). Within two short years Bowie had transformed himself from fey folk wannabe into a glam icon, via a brief flirtation with heavy metal. In doing this, lest we forget, he forged the template for the truly modern pop star that has yet to be broken. How this was achieved had a lot to do with two factors.

One was his adoption of three lads from Hull as his backing band, renaming them the Spiders From Mars and thus making the wild Les Paul stylings of guitarist Mick Ronson an essential element of his sound. The second was young David''s choice of producer. Most people associate Tony Visconti (the man who gave Bolan his glam sheen and who had played on and produced the aforementioned metal album The Man Who Sold The World) with this period. It was, in fact, with his previous album Hunky Dory that DB found the perfect studio partner for this phase in his mercurial career. The pairing of Bowie with Ken Scott at Trident studios allowed him to finally nail a simple format of guitar, bass, drums and piano into the place where the New York nihilism of the Velvet Underground met a quintessentially English way with a tune and a vocal. Ziggy represents the peak of their achievement.

Having perfected the format Bowie took his greatest leap forward by taking a cycle of songs and moulding it into a loose story of the nominal Ziggy and his Christ-like rise and fall at the hands of adoring fans. It allowed Bowie to take the central role onstage, hiding behind a mask of glamorous decadence that some would say hes yet to renounce. The songs weren't bad either. The part sci fi, part demi-monde narrative unfolds via the sophisticated use of shifting perspectives, beginning with "Five Years" and its tale of despairing humanity at the brink of destruction. Ziggy is observed through the eyes of one besotted fan who, following the star's death, takes their own life in the thrilling climax of "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide". From piano-led sumptuousness ("Lady Stardust") to plain old dirty riffage ("Suffragette City") Dave was on a creative roll that would catapult him to the heights of success but ultimately lead him to destroy the Frankenstein's monster that had him and his audience confusing fantasy and reality.

So here it is, with the obligatory second disc featuring early versions by fake band Arnold Corns, demos, outtakes that most bands would kill to have as prime material (including "Velvet Goldmine": yes, the film was named after it), b-sides and one of Bowie's greatest singles, "John I'm Only Dancing". It's a worthy treatment of such an aural treasure and one can only hope that generations to come will come to love it as much as their peers. Ultimately, what Ziggy really represents is an artist who was in the right place, with the right people and the right songs at the right time. The future held plenty more surprises; but for millions this will always be the place where the world's most famous Martian truly fell to earth.