David Bowie ‎– The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

RCA Victor ‎– SF 8287, RCA Victor ‎– LSP 4702, RCA Victor ‎– LSP-4702
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Five Years 4:42
A2 Soul Love 3:34
A3 Moonage Daydream 4:40
A4 Starman 4:10
A5 It Ain't Easy 2:58
B1 Lady Stardust 3:22
B2 Star 2:47
B3 Hang On To Yourself 2:40
B4 Ziggy Stardust 3:13
B5 Suffragette City 3:25
B6 Rock 'N' Roll Suicide 2:58

Companies, etc.



First UK issue. Includes printed lyric inner.
Identifying features include Titanic Music publishing credit and no Mainman logo on the back of the sleeve.
Later issues have a Mainman publishing credit instead of Titanic and include a Mainman logo on the rear of the sleeve.
First and second cat# on cover and label, third on inner sleeve.

A1 to A4, B1 to B6 - Titanic Music/Chrysalis Music
A5 - Rondor Music
A Gem Production
Ⓟ 1972 RCA Records
Manufactured by RCA Limited, England

ⓒ 1972 RCA Limited
Printed in England by Robert Stace
RCA Limited, Record Division, RCA House, Curzon Street, London W1

[Inner sleeve]
All songs ⓒ copyright 1971, 1972 by Titanic Music Limited/Chrysalis Music Limited.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side, Variation 1): BGBS 0864 - 1E
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side, Variation 1): BGBS 0865 - 1E
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side, Variation 2): BGBS 0864 - 1E
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side, Variation 2): BGBS 0865 - 2E
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side, Variation 3): BGBS 0864 - 2E
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side, Variation 3): BGBS 0865 - 2E

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January 17, 2016
Just bought one copy and the vinyl is white, no run out matrix writing no infos.
Anyone know anything about it?


January 11, 2016


January 9, 2016
I have a 4e/6e no main man with label side 2 on both sides of the Vinyl.Any suggestions ?


December 17, 2015


October 23, 2014
I have a signature on the back of my copy of this but unsure who's it is... It is on the back above Bowie in the telephone booth - could anyone help me identify?


August 21, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
I have a variant with Matrix / Runout (A-Side) BGBS-0864-6E and (B-side) BGBS 0865-4E. Yes, side A has a dash between BGBS and 0864, side B does not. The number 6 on side a is not a perfect 6.
Front and back cover, labels and printed lyrics on the sleeve are all identical.
Btw. I am referring to this release: http://www.discogs.com/David-Bowie-The-Rise-And-Fall-Of-Ziggy-Stardust-And-The-Spiders-From-Mars/release/618952


June 24, 2014
edited about 1 year ago

It's not as simple as the notes above make it sound - that there are first pressings with Titanic credits with no "MainMan" mentioned on back and the later ones saying "MainMan" on label and back sleeve.

In regards to the actual record, the consensus is that -1E / -1E matrices indicate a first issue, followed by a second pressing of -1E / -2E and finally -2E / - 2E. For the 'non-MainMan on sleeve back first editions', there are three identified cover print editions, it seems and - 1E/ -1E and -1 E/-2E matrices can be found in the first two cover variations that were derived from the US artwork and feature a copy and paste catalog number in the upper right of the front.

The third variation can be found with labels that say "1-4 MainMan/Chrysalis" (on side 1) and - 2E / - 2E matrices. The RCA logo on front looks more professional on these.

The illustrated db discography has a whole discussion on the original UK covers for this release, it is quite a long story. My sleeve points to a third issue (no cut & paste catalog number on front) but that is easy to determine, as -2E's records only came with these.

The first two cover variations are:

Cover A: A clear printed cover with a subtle change to the RCA logo on the front (the middle line SF 8287 ... catalog number being the only change).

Cover B: Markedly inferior printing - the image is fuzzy, and the change to the RCA logo is very obvious ( the whole logo was cut and pasted over).

As mentioned, both first and 2nd issue discs can be found in either cover A or B.



August 29, 2012
edited over 2 years ago

Great sounding press the 1E/1E.


February 13, 2011
Compared my two vinyl version copies - the UK original (SF8287) and the 1983 re-issue (NL 83843). The re-issue clearly is different in sound compared to the original. The bottom - drums and bass - have less power, and the re-issue clearly have a less dynamic sound in general. It's more high pitched and sound a little "canned in" compared to the more open sound on the original.