David Bowie ‎– ★ (Blackstar)

ISO Records ‎– 88875173871, Columbia ‎– 88875173871
Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress, MPO, 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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MPO Press. 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 (Variant 1 side A etched): MPO 15-0736 A 88875-17387-1A RJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 side B etched): MPO✲✲ 15-0736 B 88875-17387-1B RJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 side A & B stamped): STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 side A etched (STERLING stamped)): MPO✲✲ 15-0736 A 88875-17387-1A RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 side B etched (STERLING stamped)): MPO✲✲ 15-0736 B 88875-17387-1B RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 side A etched (STERLING stamped)): MPO✲ 15-0736 A 88875-17387-1A RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 side B etched (STERLING stamped)): MPO✲✲ 15-0736 B 88875-17387-1B RJ STERLING

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
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(7xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) Columbia 88875173862 US 2016
none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CDr, Album, Promo) Sony Music Japan International Inc. none Japan Unknown Sell This Version
88875173871 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, RTI) ISO Records, Columbia 88875173871 US 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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December 27, 2018

Nice pressing after you clean it.
Out of the package this pressing (mine at least) was a disaster. Noise all over and it felt like it was from the 40s.
After a clean it sounded great and brand new.


May 6, 2016
Has anyone in the US tried the sunlight "trick" to reveal the Stargell hidden in the die-cut jacket? I tried this yesterday with my recently purchased MPO** (side A&B) US purchased edition and nothing happened. Most reports that I've seen come from the UK; is this possibly a UK or EU-only thing? The people who have done it mention the inner jacket paper under the die-cut being thin. My edition has the same weight stock for all of the jacket structure. Has anyone successfully gotten this to work?!?


March 21, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
The copy i just purchased has MPO✲ on both side A & B instead of MPO✲✲ on side B anyone have any information on these? Could it be yet another repressing?


March 19, 2016
Just got a batch of MPO represses from Alliance Distributors and the one I opened sounds wonderful. Zero noise and some of the nicest vinyl mastering I have heard in a while. Also these copies do not have the "✲✲" in the etching that is supposed to differentiate this from the first pressing so,,,,,, I don't think that is correct.


February 19, 2016
Had terrible surface noise on my copy...exchanged it at Amazon and received a different pressing. Parental Advisory sticker was much smaller on MPO pressing, and matrix numbers on the replacement copy seem identical to the original pressing. Is this an alternate repress, or did I somehow get a copy of the first pressing? Either way, this copy sounds fantastic.


February 15, 2016
Looks like there's no way to distinguish this repress from the original release by the outer packaging alone.