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David Bowie★ (Blackstar)

Label:ISO Records – 88875173871, Columbia – 88875173871
Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress, MPO, 180 Gram
Genre:Jazz, Rock
Style:Experimental, Jazz-Rock, Art Rock


A1★ (Blackstar)
Arranged By [String Arrangement]David Bowie
StringsTony Visconti
A2'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore
Backing VocalsErin Tonkon
Electric Guitar [Fender Guitar]David Bowie
B1Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)4:40
B2Girl Loves Me4:51
B3Dollar Days4:44
B4I Can't Give Everything Away5:47

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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 48)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
★ (Blackstar) (LP, Album, MPO Pressing, 180 Gram)ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music88875173871Europe2016
Recently Edited
★ (Blackstar) (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear, 180g)ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music88875173871Europe2016
New Submission
★ (Blackstar) (CD, Album, Limited Edition, Blu-spec CD2, Digipak)ISO Records, Sony Records Int'lSICP-30918Japan2016
★ (Blackstar) (CD, Album)ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music88875173862Europe2016
★ (Blackstar) (CD, Album)Columbia, ISO Records88875173862US2016


devito.mark's avatar
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.
themadmonk's avatar
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?!?
starheap's avatar
Edited 6 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?
VincentPresley's avatar
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.
oblivion138's avatar
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.
nectarguru's avatar
Looks like there's no way to distinguish this repress from the original release by the outer packaging alone.