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

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88875173871 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Blackstar(7xFile, AAC, 256 + File, MPEG-4 Video + Album) Columbia none 2016
8887 5173862-2 David Bowie Blackstar(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia 8887 5173862-2 Argentina 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
88875173862 David Bowie = 大衛鮑伊* David Bowie = 大衛鮑伊* - ★ (Blackstar) = 黯黑秘星(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173862 Taiwan 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
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88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 Malaysia 2016 Sell This Version
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none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CDr, Album, Promo) Columbia, ISO Records none US 2016 Sell This Version
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88875173871 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, Cel) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(Cass, Album, Ltd, S/Edition, Unofficial, Ext) Blackstar none Italy 2017 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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Th3_Knife

Th3_Knife

August 27, 2021
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, Cel, 88875173871
I would buy the record if there was one great song on it. One great song is all it takes!
patientot

patientot

June 8, 2021
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, MPO, 88875173871
I bought this album a day or two before the release date at a local shop and have owned it since. Recently had to re-catalog it because I had picked the wrong version to add to my collection. I don't put it on too often because I really have to be in the mood to play it.

In any case, I played my copy again today to refresh my memory of the sound quality. There is some compression built into the recording itself - probably an artistic choice. The LP is cut at Sterling which is a legendary mastering house, and I think it sounds pretty good overall. Maybe not the best sounding record I own but very good sounding compared to a lot of recent albums.

I hear no IGD on my system and never have since I owned this record. I should mention I'm very sensitive to IGD in general. Then again I use decent equipment, mainly vintage Japanese direct drive turntables over the past few years and cartridges with advanced stylus profiles. My current rig is a Technics 1200MK7 with some minor modifications and an Audio Technica VM95ML for the cartridge. Phono preamp is a Graham Slee Reflex M with PSU-1.

If you are playing this record on one of those cheapo plastic junkboxes, you likely will hear some IGD. Likewise, if your cartridge is a crappy tracker/tracer and has a cheap bonded elliptical or conical diamond, do not expect perfect playback. IGD in these cases is the fault of your gear, NOT the record itself.

I suppose there are people out there that would have mastering engineers cut every record to sound good on the cheapest all-in-one turntables out there but it's not what many of us want. I'd rather the engineer cut the record to sound as good as possible on decent gear of reasonable quality.
bary01

bary01

May 24, 2021
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, Ltd, Cle, 88875173871
One question for Bowie expert ,
why this Album is under "JAZZ" genres ?

rapunzel

rapunzel

April 30, 2021
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862
Does this version come with the 16-page booklet too? Thank you!
eblanca

eblanca

April 21, 2021
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862
I own a CD copy of this album and the year printed on the disc surface is 2015, so my release is missing among the known ones.
hollandjacob555

hollandjacob555

April 18, 2021
edited 6 months ago
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, MPO, 88875173871
Sadly, this is one of the worst sounding albums I own. Heavy distortion when it gets closer to the inner groove. Tis A Pity goes from clean to muddled while Lazarus is basically unplayable. Tried it on three different players and got the same result. A shame cause this is a really good album
synonymous

synonymous

March 29, 2021
edited 7 months ago
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, Ltd, Cle, 88875173871
I heard this first on a train to Leeds the day after he died and spent the time trying (and failing) to hide my tears, both for the loss and for the incredible life force that runs through this record. Listen to the end of 'Ti's Pity She's A Whore and tell me it doesn't make your hairs stand on end. Talk about raging against the dying of the light. Just, wow.
Scrade

Scrade

February 18, 2021
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, MPO, 88875173871

This is a pretty decent pressing of Bowie's wonderful swan song album. The provided booklet is made of very nice material, and while hard to read has some excellent printing quality. The pressing quality itself sounds pretty average unfortunately. It gets the job done, but it definitely could've been made more dynamic.
stepan.reznikov

stepan.reznikov

January 20, 2021
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RP, Cel, 88875173871, 88875173871
What does 'Partially Mixed' in the 'Format' field mean for this pressing?
adamfmoore

adamfmoore

December 24, 2020
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RE, RTI, 88875173871

Did anyone get this version and not get the booklet?