David Bowie ‎– ★ (Blackstar)

ISO Records ‎– 88875173871, Columbia ‎– 88875173871
Vinyl, LP, Album, RTI, 180 Gram

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A1 ★ (Blackstar)
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – David BowieStrings – Tony Visconti
A2 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore
Backing Vocals – Erin Tonkon
A3 Lazarus
Electric Guitar [Fender Guitar] – David Bowie
B1 Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) 04:40
B2 Girl Loves Me 04:51
B3 Dollar Days 04:44
B4 I Can't Give Everything Away 05:47

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1st Press run.

Released in a gatefold sleeve with clear plastic wallet housing the vinyl, and 16 page 12" x 12" square booklet insert.
Includes a coupon with a download code for a digital copy of the full album.

Front cover has 2 stickers:
"David Bowie
The new album
& "Lazarus"
180 gram vinyl
plus digital
"Parental advisory explicit content"

Album title and track 1 title generally referred to as "Blackstar" but printed as "★"

© & ℗ 2015 ISO Records, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 88751 73871 3
  • Matrix / Runout: 25319.1(3) 88875-17387-1A RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout: 25319.2(3) 88875-17387-1B RJ STERLING

Other Versions (5 of 41) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album, Son) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 Europe 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, S/Edition, Unofficial, Ext) Blackstar none Italy 2017 Sell This Version
88875173871 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, RP, MPO) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173871 US 2016 Sell This Version
88875188762 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album + Box, S/Edition, MSD) ISO Records, Columbia 88875188762 Germany 2016 Sell This Version


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February 9, 2019
Terrible surface noise and bubbles in the vinyl ruin what should have been a perfect release. Oh, and the die-cut sleeve doesn't stand up to much abuse, either. The album itself, the music, is great though once i'd got it on the turntable I had a hard time taking it off again.


December 29, 2018

this is ONLY on the pressing itself, which is a dissapointement. Design wise, it's awesome to see it in person and it looks cool before you touch it. Afterwards, fingerprints are it's new friend. This piano black attracts fingerprints and it was awful when it was on a piano, it's awful on this, it's awful on my copy of uzumaki, it's awful all together. After that ordeal, a new one springs, the sleeve. Easily the worst thing about it, its a thick plastic, the same that lives with picture disks, it's amazingly hard to take out the LP and it leaves these smudges on the record itself that doesn't affect play, but affects my mood. once that's over issue #3 comes into place, the center hole being as small as my will to live. Examination also shows a bit of vinyl in the center hole that's loose so the pressing was sloppy at best, still makes me feel like im breaking the record trying to take it off which does affect how much i'll spin it. Sound itself is nice and dynamic, but it was a nice and dynamic album to begin with. i wish the quality was better as i saw the same pressing at my local record shop today for $30, the same price that i got the previous album i reviewed (Car Seat Headrest's "Twin Fantasy") and that pressing is better in every way objectively, design is for other people to decide but at least that has a stellar paper finish that doesnt give fingerprints the same amount that a black vinyl does.


September 21, 2018
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?


February 16, 2017
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


December 31, 2016

I'm still laughing at everyone that ran out and spent shitloads of money on this. They were already shipping 2nd pressings when he died.


November 30, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

Thoughts on David Bowie's BLACKSTAR...

First of all, all love to Bowie, praises be upon his name...

The aesthetics are beautiful of course, with great attention to detail... and the imagery of the photography both visceral and evocative, stylistically, it's perfect.

I seem to be the only person who has anything critical to say about the album... I think the album is overly praised. The title track is amazing for sure, but the rest feels a bit like he's trying too hard to say something without knowing quite what he wants to say... as if he knows he's dying and just wants to get all of something out there he can't quite put his finger on... grasping at sand a bit... I love Bowie, but I think overall the album isn't as great as people claim.



March 11, 2016
I'm having a tough time identifying my copy of this. This release seems to be the closest, all information provided matches what I see in the runout except for these numbers...close but not the same:

Side A = 25697.1 (3)
Side B = 25697.2 (3)

I purchased my copy from Amazon this week, thinking it would be one of the RPs, but the runout numbers on those releases (according to Discogs) aren't even close...what gives???


March 9, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
While the clear limited edition pressing may be more collectible, this black RTI pressing sounds much better.

Could be hard to find now, as the represses are all made at MPO.

EDIT: looks like RTI made some of the new represses, too. Now if there was a way of knowing which one you were buying...


February 26, 2016

Very cool, experimental album. Love the heavy jazz incorporation. Only on my first listen, but I can already tell there will be many.

The pressing and packaging are great except for one thing that really disturbed me. Side A of my brand new copy is badly scraped around the edge of half the record, and there were pieces of vinyl protruding from the edges folded up onto the actual grooves. So I had to take my fingernails and pry a good bit of wax off around the edges before it was playable at all. Still the scraping comes almost right up to the first groove, so I have to be really careful about dropping my needle into the grooves and not a bit to the right. Anyone else have anything like this issue? Would have liked to have seen a bit better quality control for such an expensive record. But it does sound fantastic.


February 26, 2016
I wish I would have paid $100 dollars for this rare album.