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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (30th Anniversary Edition)

David Bowie

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Conceived and written while he was recording the masterful Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars became a major (if not the major) career move for David Bowie. Released in June 1972, it established his alter ego Ziggy Stardust and attracted a new generation of fans while firmly capping the early-'70s glam era. Guitarist Mick Ronson fuels the hard rock edge of the title track and "Suffragette City." Ronson also uses his piano and arrangement talents to help Bowie achieve the album's epic sweep, best appreciated on the bookends "Five Years" and "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide." This anniversary edition fleshes out the album with 12 additional tracks of demos, alternate versions, mixes, singles, and b-sides. "John, I'm Only Dancing"—a quick, catchy piece of futuristic rock—was a single released in September 1972. The slapback-heavy "Velvet Goldmine," recorded during the album's sessions, wasn't released until 1975 as a b-side. Fans of the original album surely will appreciate the additional color. 

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His best

When I think of Bowie, this album comes to mind first. I consider it his best if it's possible to pick one. I can't believe I'm the first to review it. Every album has at least a couple fantastic songs so it's hard to go wrong with any Bowie album. Each is different from the others. Ziggy is pure rock. The man was and is always way ahead of the times. He has always done his own thing and deserves respect for that alone if nothing else, even if you don't like his music. He helped to mold the music you hear today.

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (30th Anniversary Edition), David Bowie
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