David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 2003 (1972) [SACD 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:47 minutes | Scans included | 2,50 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 38:31 min | Scans included | 810 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround.
Borrowing heavily from Marc Bolan’s glam rock and the future shock of A Clockwork Orange, David Bowie reached back to the heavy rock of The Man Who Sold the World for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Constructed as a loose concept album about an androgynous alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust, the story falls apart quickly, yet Bowie’s fractured, paranoid lyrics are evocative of a decadent, decaying future, and the music echoes an apocalyptic, nuclear dread. Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style and the logical culmination of glam. Mick Ronson plays with a maverick flair that invigorates rockers like “Suffragette City,” “Moonage Daydream,” and “Hang Onto Yourself,” while “Lady Stardust,” “Five Years,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” have a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll. And that self-conscious sense of theater is part of the reason why Ziggy Stardust sounds so foreign. Bowie succeeds not in spite of his pretensions but because of them, and Ziggy Stardust — familiar in structure, but alien in performance — is the first time his vision and execution met in such a grand, sweeping fashion.
01 – Five Years
02 – Soul Love
03 – Moonage Daydream
04 – Starman
05 – It Aint’t Easy
06 – Lady Stardust
07 – Star
08 – Hang On To Yourself
09 – Ziggy Stardust
10 – Suffragette City
11 – Rock’n’ Roll Suicide
Digital remaster 2002.
Re-Mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound by Ken Scott & Paul Hicks at Abbey Road Studios, London, January 2003.