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.

Tracklist

★ (Blackstar) 09:57
'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore 04:52
Lazarus 06:22
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) 04:40
Girl Loves Me 04:51
Dollar Days 04:44
I Can't Give Everything Away 05:47

Versions (37)

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
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) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 Indonesia 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) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173862 Taiwan 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) Columbia, ISO Records, Sony Music 88875173862 Colombia 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) ISO Records, Sony Records Int'l 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)(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 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, Unofficial, Ext) Blackstar none Italy 2017 Sell This Version

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tommyvercettigang

tommyvercettigang

November 11, 2017
edited 8 days 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.
doctorg

doctorg

September 18, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862
I can't believe that they've used a hard plastic wallet for the vinyl inner sleeve, so that the vinyl is covered with scuffs and markings. Luckily it doesn't sound on my pressing as scratches etc, but you would have thought that 50 years of pressings would indicate that a soft poly lined inner would be the right way to go. This is just rubbish really. Good album.
johnbazy

johnbazy

September 13, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), Cass, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, Ext, none
Anyone notice them ripping off the "Hamilton" musical logo? Now this is a true bootleg.
leegrace1

leegrace1

September 6, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, Cel, 88875173871, 88875173871 S1

Bowie's final album; magical yet heartbreaking; I even love the jazz parts and I can't stand jazz normally. The vinyl quality is very robust, heavy and the sound bassy and rich. Love it.
StevePowell0

StevePowell0

July 8, 2017
edited 4 months ago
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862
This is epic. An amazing creation. Every track is a player and then some. For me the physical presentation is just wow and gives me that "ahhhhh" moment on unwrapping it. A beautiful design and it does feel very special - a keeper. As a lifelong Bowie fan who was gutted at his passing, this amazing album blows my mind and moves me at the same time. A unique sound, fragile at times, frantic, dark and aggressive at others, it is just completely amazing and I love it. [Vinyl 8875173871]
Tbyfmi92

Tbyfmi92

March 11, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RP, Cel, 88875173871, 88875173871 S1
I was only able to access the weblink for the enclosed download card by using a US proxy server, is it therefore only available for USA customers, despite the total lack of information, terms of use etc. (on the download card or anywhere else) to this effect?
rahbical

rahbical

February 16, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RTI, 88875173871
gorgeous pressing, although there is the smallest bit of surface noise on side one and some loud crackling at the end of Lazarus, but besides that, it's beyond perfect
zgabet06

zgabet06

January 31, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862
Equal parts eulogy and memorialization, Rob Sheffield's succinct On Bowie covers the icon who passed away in early 2016. Sheffield originally wrote a eulogy for Rolling Stone, and then was asked to expand it into a book by an editor. The resulting work tells the story of the life of someone who constantly changed personas, and despite his immense popularity, somehow kept his life private enough that no one knew he was battling cancer until after he died. It is here that the book hits on emotional chords, as the narrative recalls the how quickly things changed: Sheffield discusses how Bowie's final album, Blackstar, was hailed by his fans and the critics alike for the first two days after its release on January 8th, 2015, only to then be completely reevaluated two days later when we all realized it was meant to be his swan song. But far from just striking a mournful tone, On Bowie does of course pay tribute to Bowie's greatness as an artist in both music and film, though it does not shy away from his failures either. Those moments help the narrative from becoming just another story heaping nothing but praise for a glorified rock star, as do the stories from Sheffield's own life which are entwined into the timeline. Simply put, I cannot imagine a Bowie fan would want to skip this book.
bucko73

bucko73

January 23, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, Ltd, Cle, 88875173871
cant believe the price the flippers are asking or a £20 vinyl at release