David Bowie ‎– The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

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First released in mid 1972 on RCA, throughout the RCA years there were two separate variants available (i.e. until about 1986) - the US version and the UK version. Two tracks differ.

Originally compiled and prepared in late 1971 RCA New York allocated matrix numbers for the two sides - APRS-6814 & APRS 6815, and used these 1971 numbers on release even though three new tracks were recorded in 1972 and eventually four different tracks from the 1971 master tape were included.

(The removed tracks - Round and Round, Amsterdam, Holy Holy, and Velvet Goldmine - were all released as B-sides to singles between 1973 and 1975).

The last number to be recorded, Starman, was remixed for single release. This single mix was also included on the UK album (rather than the album mix that appeared on the US version), and the UK album was given 1972 matrix numbers. These numbers also identified the matrices as originating in the UK. (BGBS 0864 & BGBS 0865).

The other track that differed was Suffragette City - the US version contains a noticeable momentary sound drop-out on one channel, the UK version does not.

Most RCA editions worldwide contain the US version (including all RCA CDs), a few contain the UK version.

Later reissues on other labels (RYKO, EMI, Parlophone) also use the original US version (and hence the album mix of Starman), though the dropout in Suffragette City has been 'attended to' on the most recent Parlophone issues.

The UK RCA version has never been available on CD.

A fuller discussion and explanation on these variations can be found on the website "Illustrated db Discography" under the forum topic "Ziggy Stardust, Starman and the missing master tape" - website address on David Bowie artist page. This topic also identifies which of the US & UK versions were used in other countries.

Tracklist

Five Years 4:42
Soul Love 3:34
Moonage Daydream 4:40
Starman 4:10
It Ain't Easy 2:58
Lady Stardust 3:22
Star 2:47
Hang On To Yourself 2:40
Ziggy Stardust 3:13
Suffragette City 3:25
Rock 'N' Roll Suicide 2:58

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beechlander

beechlander

February 13, 2020
referencing The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, DB69734, 0825646287376

Echoing some of the comments here - this sounds fantastic. Good to know what you get with the Bowie represses.
audiorockxs

audiorockxs

February 11, 2020
referencing The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, DB69734, 0825646287376
Phenomenal sound.I owned 12 different releases of this album and this is one of the best.This one and the original UK pressing are my favourites
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daviddgrant

daviddgrant

January 9, 2020
referencing The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, DB69734, 0825646287376

Great sounding no surface noise at all and Bowies second best album after Hunky Dory.
eliasdaler

eliasdaler

December 2, 2019
edited 2 months ago
referencing The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, DB69734, 0825646287376
Sounds great! The dynamic range is amazing, fluctuating between quieter parts and really loud ones.
gaetano_barbato

gaetano_barbato

November 28, 2019
referencing The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, LP, Album, RP, LSP-4702
I have a copy that has the same hardcover type (RCA victor front cover top right) and the vinyl centerfold black background of the RCA Victor.
The Matrix runout however is like a combination of variant 1 and 2 here:
(Side A Stamped): APRS 6814 12 I A1E (the E is etched)
(Side B Stamped): APRS 6815 7S I A3 B (B etched)
I think the I stands for an indianapolis press.
Should I add my version here as a variant or should I open a new version myself ?
can you help me ?
flauschmann

flauschmann

October 28, 2019
referencing The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, LP, Album, Gat, LSP-4702
Misprint: On this pressing the label shows Bowie as the author of "It ain´t" easy", but the song was written by Ron Davies.
Svanscarfo

Svanscarfo

August 9, 2019
referencing The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, DB69734, 0825646287376

Great pressing, no surface noise at all on mine, quite nice dynamics in all songs. Glad to have such a good remaster.
andy11nolan

andy11nolan

June 28, 2019
referencing The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, LP, Album, SF 8287, LSP 4702, LSP-4702
Ive done a lot of reading about this album... if your copy skips on five years or star... its not your player,i picked up a copy yesterday and mine skips on star. Super dissaplinted this is such a great album. If you are going to buy this album make sure its from somewhere with good return policies.
abecedarians

abecedarians

June 21, 2019
referencing The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, LP, Album, SF 8287, LSP 4702

IMO, this pressing easily beats out the UK 1st pressing as well as those leading up to this reissue.
More dynamic and alive, solid bass and greater overall presentation.