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.

Front cover of this issue has derived from US artwork, and the RCA Victor logo and US catalogue number have been pasted over. It is possible to discern a large rectangular cover over, on which the UK details are place on top of. Look for lines that break./ not continuous. (Not to be confused with second issue cover, where JUST the catalogue number has been covered over and changed.)

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
  • Matrix / Runout (A side label): BGBS 0864
  • Matrix / Runout (B side label): BGBS 0865

Other Versions (5 of 256) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SF 8287 , LSP 4702 David Bowie The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars(LP, Album, USA) RCA Victor, RCA Victor SF 8287 , LSP 4702 UK 1972 Sell This Version
CDP 79 4400 5 David Bowie The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars(DCC, Album) EMI CDP 79 4400 5 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
LSP-4702, APRS-6814 David Bowie La Ascendencia Y Caida De Ziggy Stardust Y Las Arañas De Marte(LP, Album, Unofficial, Cle) RCA, RCA LSP-4702, APRS-6814 Spain 2013 Sell This Version
PK 1932 David Bowie The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars(Cass, Album, Ora) RCA PK 1932 UK 1972 Sell This Version
EMC 3577 David Bowie The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars(LP, Album, RE, Gat) EMI EMC 3577 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version


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June 14, 2016
hi i have a special limited edition picture disc RCA bopic 3.i can`t find this in any record books..can you help??


March 27, 2016
Putting this on a turntable instead of playing it through an IPOD or on CD is a must to get a real appreciation of the 'White Duke' at his very best. The title track and 'Suffragette City' may warrant all the airplay they garner however the two best tracks on the album are the trippy 'Moonage Daydream' and the raucous Beatle-esque 'It Ain't Easy'. Bowie's best work has been what he's put out with Mick Ronson in the fold and this is just a gem of an album.


February 16, 2016
I have a cassette version with the label number PK 1932, however different from any other versions I've seen on here the band at the top with the "RCA / Stereo / Victor" print is blue instead of red like on the other versions. The cassette itself is the orange background with black text which is found on other versions. The interior is slightly different and doesn't have the photo of Bowie on the reverse side. Can anyone point me to which version this is?


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 over 2 years 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 5 months 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. This third version can easily be identified by showing a bit more of the street scene on the far left.

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.