David Bowie ‎– ★ (Blackstar)

Label:
ISO Records ‎– 88875173871, Columbia ‎– 88875173871, Sony Music ‎– 88875173871
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Partially Mixed, Repress, Stereo, Celebrate Pressing, 180 Gram
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A1 ★ (Blackstar)
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – David BowieStrings – Tony Visconti
09:57
A2 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore
Backing Vocals – Erin Tonkon
04:52
A3 Lazarus
Electric Guitar [Fender Guitar] – David Bowie
06:22
B1 Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
Music By – Bob Bharma*, Maria Schneider, Paul Bateman (7)Percussion – James Murphy
04:40
B2 Girl Loves Me
Percussion – James Murphy
04:51
B3 Dollar Days 04:44
B4 I Can't Give Everything Away 05:47

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This is the second European pressing, pressed at Celebrate Records. Recognisable by "© 2016 ℗ 2015, 2016 ISO Records" on the back cover and Celebrate Records GmbH matrix numbering scheme.

Other European First Press versions:
- First European release pressed at Celebrate Records is David Bowie - ★ (Blackstar). Recognisable by "© & ℗ 2015 ISO Records" on the back cover, Celebrate Records GmbH matrix numbering, and no pressing rings.
- First European release pressed at MPO is David Bowie - ★ (Blackstar). Recognisable by "© & ℗ 2015 ISO Records" on the back cover, "MPO" in the runout etching, and three concentric pressing rings on the labels.

Other European Repress version:
- European repress pressed at MPO is David Bowie - ★ (Blackstar). Recognisable by "© 2016 ℗ 2015, 2016 ISO Records" on the back cover, "MPO" in the runout etching, and three concentric pressing rings on the labels.

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

Paul Bateman and Bob Bharma appear as Plastic Soul.

All songs published by Nipple Music (BMI), administered by RZO Music, Inc.
Except for Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) Nipple Music (BMI) administered by RZO Music, Inc.
MSF Music (ASCAP) administered by Artistshare Music Publishing LLC, Flex Publishing / Sherlock Holmes Music Ltd.
This composition contains elements of 'Brand New Heavy' (Bateman/ Bharma). Used by Permission.

Recorded at The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide.
Mixed at Electric Lady Studios NYC.
Engineered at Magic Shop and Human Worldwide.

© 2016 ℗ 2015, 2016 ISO Records under exclusive license to Columbia Records,
a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
Made in the EU.

Catalogue number on front cover sticker:
88875173871 S1

Front cover has 2 stickers attached to the removable shrink wrap:
"DAVID BOWIE
THE NEW ALBUM
INCLUDES
"BLACKSTAR"
& "LAZARUS"
180 GRAM VINYL
PLUS DIGITAL
DOWNLOAD
88875173871 S1"
"Parental advisory explicit content"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (As printed): 8 88751 73871 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 888751738713
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 centre label, A side matrix #): C-139259/AL88875173871
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 centre label, B side matrix #): C-139259/BL88875173871
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Label Code: LC00162
  • Other (Sticker #): 88875173871 S1
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout, etched - variant 1, STERLING stamped): 88875-17387-1A RJ 119472 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout, etched - variant 1, STERLING stamped): 88875-17387-1B RJ 119472 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout, etched - variant 2, STERLING stamped): 88875-17387-1A RJ 119472 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout, etched - variant 2, STERLING stamped): 88875-17387-1B RJ 119472 ② STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout, etched - variant 3, STERLING stamped): 88875-17387-1a RJ STERLING ② 119472
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout, etched - variant 3, STERLING stamped): 88875-17387-1B RJ STERLING ② 119472
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout, etched - variant 4, STERLING stamped): 88875-17387-1A RJ STERLING 119472
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout, etched - variant 4, STERLING stamped): 88875-17387-1B RJ STERLING ② 119472

Other Versions (5 of 45) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
S20313C / 88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album, Dig) ISO Records, Columbia S20313C / 88875173862 South Korea 2016 Sell This Version
88875188762 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album + Box, S/Edition, MSD) ISO Records, Columbia 88875188762 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
8887 517386-2 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 8887 517386-2 Chile 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(Cass, Album, Ltd, S/Edition, Unofficial, Ext) Blackstar none Italy 2017 Sell This Version

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imafutureguitarhero

imafutureguitarhero

November 8, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

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.
Tbyfmi92

Tbyfmi92

March 11, 2017
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?
enakki

enakki

November 4, 2016

I've got the press in hard plastic inner sleeve. Sound is ok, even on mentioned Lazarus track, but it is quite noisy, lots of pops during more silent parts. I did a wet cleaning but no difference. a bit dissapoitment.
7inchsingles.nl

7inchsingles.nl

July 11, 2016
Does anyone own a CLEAR vinyl repress EU copy or does it exist ? After we sold out the first pressing, we had to wait some time for the repress was available. When we recieved them I thought all of them were BLACK but I just found out when I wanted to ship one, there are 2 copies on CLEAR vinyl (not mentioned on the sticker on seal : LP is sealed).
On the backside of the album is printed :
" © 2016 ℗ 2015, 2016 ISO Records under exclusive license to Columbia Records,
a division of Sony Music Entertainment. ... Made in the EU. "
just like the repress...
charlie.vieyra

charlie.vieyra

May 6, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
hhjack

hhjack

March 30, 2016
I have the same issues others are talking about here on the Lazarus track. A shame since otherwise this pressing sounds quite lovely.
peelaaa

peelaaa

February 23, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
I have had 2 copies of this pressing. They both had the hard plastic inner sleeve, one concentric pressing ring, underlined text on front sticker. The first copy had whoosing noise on 'lazurus' right channel so I returned it. The 2nd copy is perfect and sounds great. I have also had another copy that had soft plastic sleeve, three concentirc pressing rings, non-underlined text on front sticker. This differs to the other 2 copies as it has 'MPO** 150736 A' on side 1 and 'MPO* 150736 B' on side 2. The vinyl also looked duller, not shiny. This also had whoosing noise on lazarus and also popping at the end of 'I cant give eveyrthing away'. This was also returned. So it seems pot luck.
pablocasares

pablocasares

February 9, 2016
For my curiosity: anyone knows which day this second press has been released?
mbrabs321

mbrabs321

February 8, 2016
Very pleased with my copy - vinyl very clean and no issues with noise. Bought 2 copies, 1 for a mate's birthday so hopefully that copy will be fine too.
kisdubos

kisdubos

February 6, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
okay, this is getting annoying. my noisy copy has the "© 2016 ℗ 2015, 2016 ISO Records" copyright info on the cover, however the runout resembles the first EU MPO pressing: "MPO** 15-0736 A 88875-17387-1A" without "RJ" and two extra star etchings after MPO, and also includes the STRELING stamp. so is this now a new sub?