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David Bowie's 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust...' To Receive 40th Anniversary Reissue

Thursday, 22 March 2012 Written by Jon Stickler
David Bowie's 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust...' To Receive 40th Anniversary Reissue

EMI have announced details of the release of a 40th anniversary edition of David Bowie’s groundbreaking and hugely influential album, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars'. The reissue is set for release on Monday 4th June.

Originally released 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 eventually peaked at Number 5 on the UK Album Chart on 22nd July having entered the chart at Number 15 on 1st July. Key to the album’s rise in the UK were the two TV performances of 'Starman' on Granada TV’s Lift Off With Ayshea and nationally on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops. 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.

This 40th anniversary edition has been remastered by original Trident Studios engineer Ray Staff (at London’s Air Studios). It will be available on CD and a special, limited edition format of vinyl featuring the new 2012 remaster with a 5.1 mix and high resolution audio on DVD – the DVD features previously unreleased 5.1 and stereo bonus 2003 Ken Scott mixes of 'Moonage Daydream' (instrumental), 'The Supermen', 'Velvet Goldmine' and 'Sweet Head'.

'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars' track-listing is as follows:

CD Album
1. Five Years (2012 - Remaster)
2. Soul Love (2012 - Remaster)
3. Moonage Daydream (2012 - Remaster)
4. Starman (2012 - Remaster)
5. It Ain't Easy (2012 - Remaster)
6. Lady Stardust (2012 - Remaster)
7. Star (2012 - Remaster)
8. Hang On to Yourself (2012 - Remaster)
9. Ziggy Stardust (2012 - Remaster)
10. Suffragette City (2012 - Remaster)
11. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 - Remaster)

180gram Vinyl with DVD featuring a new 2012 stereo remaster and 2003 5.1 and stereo mixes (audio only)
LP 180G heavyweight vinyl

Side 1
1. Five Years (2012 - Remaster)
2. Soul Love (2012 - Remaster)
3. Moonage Daydream (2012 - Remaster)
4. Starman (2012 - Remaster)
5. It Ain't Easy (2012 - Remaster)
Side 2
1. Lady Stardust (2012 - Remaster)
2. Star (2012 - Remaster)
3. Hang On to Yourself (2012 - Remaster)
4. Ziggy Stardust (2012 - Remaster)
5. Suffragette City (2012 - Remaster)
6. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 - Remaster)

DVD Audio only
Side 1

1. Five Years (2012 - Remaster)
2. Soul Love (2012 - Remaster)
3. Moonage Daydream (2012 - Remaster)
4. Starman (2012 - Remaster)
5. It Ain't Easy (2012 - Remaster)
6. Lady Stardust (2012 - Remaster)
7. Star (2012 - Remaster)
8. Hang On to Yourself (2012 - Remaster)
9. Ziggy Stardust (2012 - Remaster)
10. Suffragette City (2012 - Remaster)
11. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 - Remaster)
12. Five Years (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
13. Soul Love (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
14. Moonage Daydream (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
15. Starman (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
16. It Ain't Easy (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
17. Lady Stardust (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
18. Star (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
19. Hang On To Yourself (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
20. Ziggy Stardust (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
21. Suffragette City (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
22. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
23. Moonage Daydream (Instrumental) PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
24. The Supermen PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
25. Velvet Goldmine PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)
26. Sweet Head PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 & Dolby Digital/Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)


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