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DAVID BOWIE - THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS*
(1972)

The character Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie's greatest creation, and his backing band, The Spiders From Mars, weren't bad either.

A more dramatic opening would be hard to find than 'Five Years'. Certainly controversial and thought-provoking. What would we do if we only had five years left on this planet? 'Soul Love' is a gentler piece altogether, with smooth sax and electric guitar standing out. 'Moonage Daydream' is outstanding, with its puzzling lyrics and stunning Mick Ronson guitar solo. This song was really immortalized in D.A. Pennebaker's film of Ziggy's last concert, at the Hammersmith Odeon, as live the song seems more powerful. 'Lady Stardust' is a touch dreary, and 'It Ain't Easy' is a boisterous ending to the first side.

The wondrous 'Starman' opens on the second side. A thoughtful piece of whimsy, with its memorably moving chorus. The frenetic rhythms of 'Star' and 'Hang On To Yourself' are fun. 'Ziggy Stardust', with its notable guitar intro, is a mini bio of the man himself, and The Spiders excel on this track. 'Suffragette City' is another frenetic number, and too often overlooked. A fine rock song. 'Rock 'n' Roll Suicide' is a very appropriate and dramatic ending to 'Ziggy Stardust'. But was it suicide?

'Ziggy Stardust' is easily still one of the great concept albums, and Ziggy himself one of rock's great creations.

- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.

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Blur - Parklife

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
David Bowie - Outside
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
The Doors - The Doors
Green Day - American Idiot
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
Maroon5 - Songs About Jane
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
Morrissey - You Are The Quarry
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

PIL/Public Image Ltd. - Flowers Of Romance
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Queen - A Night At The Opera

Stereophonics - Performance And Cocktails
10cc - How Dare You
Travis - The Man Who
The Verve - Urban Hymns

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'Ziggy Stardust' Track Listing 1
(All tracks written by David Bowie unless otherwise stated)

Side One
Five Years
Soul Love
Moonage Daydream
Lady Stardust
It Ain't Easy (Davies)


Side Two
Starman
Star
Hang On To Yourself
Ziggy Stardust
Suffragette City
Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

'Ziggy Stardust' Track Listing 2
(All tracks written by David Bowie, unless otherwise stated)

Side One
Five Years
Soul Love
Moonage Daydream
Starman
It Ain't Easy (Davies)


Side Two
Lady Stardust
Star
Hang On To Yourself
Ziggy Stardust
Suffragette City
Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

 

 

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