David Bowie ‎– ★ (Blackstar)

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25th and final studio album. Released worldwide through Bowie's ISO Records label on 8 January 2016, Bowie's 69th birthday and two days before his death.

At the 2017 59th Grammy Awards "Blackstar" took home 5 awards. The title track won the Best Rock Performance and the Best Rock Song categories and the album won the Best Alternative Music Album, the Best Recording Package as well as the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical categories.

The versions of "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" and "Tis A Pity She Was A Whore" on ★ are totally different recordings to that of the single David Bowie - Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) which was released in late 2014.

Versions (41)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Blackstar(7xFile, AAC, 256 + File, MPEG-4 Video + Album) Columbia none 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar) = ★ (黑暗之星)(CD, Album) Sony Music, ISO Records, Columbia 88875173862 China 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie = 大衛鮑伊* David Bowie = 大衛鮑伊* - ★ (Blackstar) = 黯黑秘星(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173862 Taiwan 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(7xFile, FLAC, Album, 96k) Columbia none US 2016
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(7xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) Columbia 88875173862 US 2016
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(Box, Ltd + CD, Album, Dig) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 Italy 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) Columbia, ISO Records, Sony Music 88875173862 Colombia 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 Malaysia 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) Sony Music, Columbia, ISO Records 88875173862 Mexico 2016 Sell This Version
8887 517386-2 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 8887 517386-2 Argentina 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173862 Hong Kong 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd. 88875173862 India 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) Sony Music, Columbia, ISO Records 88875173862 Brazil 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) Columbia, ISO Records 88875173862 Canada 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 Indonesia 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 Australia 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) Columbia, ISO Records 88875173862 US 2016 Sell This Version
88875188762 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album + Box, S/Edition, MSD) ISO Records, Columbia 88875188762 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
SICP 30918 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album, Blu) Sony Records Int'l, ISO Records SICP 30918 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
88875194622 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album, Jew) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music, Warner Music Russia 88875194622 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
SICP-30918 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album, Ltd, Blu) ISO Records, Sony Records Int'l SICP-30918 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album, Unofficial) ISO Records (2), Columbia (2), Sony Music (2) 88875173862 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album, Unofficial, Jew) ISO Records (2), Columbia (2), Sony Music (2) 88875173862 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CDr, Album, Promo) Columbia, ISO Records none US 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(Cass, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Not On Label none Italy 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871, 88875173871 S1 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, Cel) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871, 88875173871 S1 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173871 US 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871, 88875173871 S1 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, MPO) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871, 88875173871 S1 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871, 88875173871 S1 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, MPO) ISO Records, Columbia, ISO Records 88875173871, 88875173871 S1 US 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, RE, RTI) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173871 US 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871, 88875173871 S1 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, RP, Cel) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871, 88875173871 S1 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871, 88875173871 S1 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, RP, Cel) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871, 88875173871 S1 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871, 88875173871 I1 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, RP, Cel) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871, 88875173871 I1 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, RP, MPO) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173871 US 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871, 88875173871 S1 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, RP, MPO) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871, 88875173871 S1 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
88875173871 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, RTI) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173871 US 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(Cass, Album, Ltd, S/Edition, Unofficial, Ext) Blackstar none Italy 2017 Sell This Version
none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(Cass, Album, Ltd, S/Edition, Unofficial, Ext) Blackstar none Italy 2017 Sell This Version
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album, RE, RP) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version

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imafutureguitarhero

imafutureguitarhero

November 8, 2018
edited about 1 month ago
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RP, Cel, 88875173871, 88875173871 S1

Got this pressing today and was very happy with the sound quality. A few pops and crackles from dust that was already on the record before opening the shrink wrap, but still very clean. I didn't seem to notice any of the sound problems with Lazarus that others here were describing. Overall, much pleased with this compared to the CD release that I had first purchased.
tartifless

tartifless

October 23, 2018
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, Ltd, Cle, 88875173871
I have both black and clear, they sound exactly the same (same mastering).
I spotted last week a clear vinyl at a yard sale for 30€, so don't be desperate, they are out there and can be found for reasonable price.
maxal

maxal

September 25, 2018
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, Ltd, Cle, 88875173871
I found a copy in a car boot sale last weekend - perfect condition. £5.
tawilk34

tawilk34

September 21, 2018
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RTI, 88875173871
did anyone notice the vinyl having a bunch of smudges on it? like either someone handled it poorly when packaging it or a chemical residue from the plastic sleeve?
tawilk34

tawilk34

September 21, 2018
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, Cel, 88875173871, 88875173871 S1
anyone get a version that looks like it's all scuffed up with smudges form hands maybe all over it?
pthomas92

pthomas92

August 21, 2018
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, MPO, 88875173871, 88875173871 S1
Can anyone comment on the quality of this pressing vs celebrate pressing?
johnnythevelvetguy

johnnythevelvetguy

March 4, 2018
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RE, RTI, 88875173871
Alright pressing. The sound is amazing on this but the quality is so-so. Vinyl has occasional surface noise on side 1 that isn't too annoying. Same goes for side 2. Nevertheless, I'm impressed with this pressing. It truly captures the beauty of Bowie's last album.
goldencalves

goldencalves

January 27, 2018
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RE, RTI, 88875173871

Clean pressing, a few odd marks and a really large melt-spot on side B (hard to describe), but barely registers as audible. Very quiet, no intrusive surface noise. A few moments on side B where the vocals may be peaking, but it isn't very noticeable either. Based on comments I've read, I'd probably look for this version over the MPO. RTI generally does a bang up job.

For the music, I can't argue with any positive critiques. Its a late masterpiece I personally wasn't expecting, based on his 90s-Aughts output (though I should probably give some those albums a second go). I am glad I was able to give a lossless version a listen before its release (and Bowie's passing), because I concluded the same thing. Listening to it after his passing only adds to its poignancy. It is the sound of a master in full control of his craft, wielded to meet their mortality. When I go, I would hope I would be able to leave something like this behind.
tommyvercettigang

tommyvercettigang

November 11, 2017
edited 11 months ago
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862
i agree with one of the previous posts about the hard plastic sleeve , not cool !
besides that i find the title track to be pretty average once you read the lyrics "i'm a blackstar , i'm not a pornstar" and many other lines is hardly genius songwriting. i ,like everyone else was initially fooled by the incredible video that was made for it and the mixing of jazz/electro genres .
the next song sounds great , particularly that snare but again the lyrics fall flat and almost spoil this song for me ,it reminds me of some of zappa's mysoginistic crap like "crew slut" but devoid of any humour.
the rest of the songs i think are great with clever songwriting.
3/5 overall .
Blackout5

Blackout5

October 5, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, MPO, 88875173871, 88875173871 S1
I own this copy and it was a US pre-order directed from Bowies website.