Suffragette City - David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Label: EMI ITALIANA S.p.A. - 64 7944001 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue Gatefold • Country: Italy • Genre: Rock • Style: Classic Rock, Glam
Most of the album was recorded in November with further sessions in January and early February Described as a rock opera and also a loose concept albumThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is about Bowie's titular alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a fictional androgynous bisexual rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings.
The album, and the character of Ziggy Stardust, were influenced by glam rock and explored themes of sexual exploration and social taboos. A concert film of the same namedirected by D. Pennebakerwas recorded in and released a decade later. It re-peaked at number 21 on the Billboard in following Bowie's death.
As of January [update] it had sold 7. The album received widespread critical acclaim. Hunky Dory was released on 17 December to positive reviews and moderate commercial success.
Ziggy Stardust ' s sessions also took place at Trident, using a track 3M M56 Shakin All Over - Various - The Very Best Of Beat-Club Vol. 1 recorder. All these songs were initially slated for the album.
After recording some of the new songs for radio presenter Bob Harris 's Sounds of the 70s as the newly dubbed Spiders from Mars in Januarythe band returned to Trident that month to begin work on "Suffragette City" and "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide". Mick "Woody" Woodmanseydrummer for the Spiders from Mars, said the clothes they had worn had "femininity and sheer outrageousness", and that the characters' looks "definitely appealed to our rebellious artistic instincts".
After acting the same role over an extended period, it became impossible for him to separate Ziggy Stardust from his own Suffragette City - David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars character.
Bowie said that Ziggy "wouldn't leave me alone for years. That was when it all started to go sour My whole personality was affected. It became very dangerous. I really did have doubts about my sanity. Unlike Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane was far less optimistic, instead engaging in aggressive sexual activities and heavy drugs.
The character was inspired by British rock 'n' roll singer Vince Taylorwhom David Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien. The Ziggy Stardust name came partly from the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, and partly because Ziggy was "one of the few Christian names I could find beginning with the letter 'Z'".
He liked it because it had "that Iggy [Pop] connotation but it was a tailor's shop, and I thought, Well, this whole thing is gonna be about clothes, so it was my own little joke calling him Ziggy. So Ziggy Stardust was a real compilation of things. The album's concept is loose, and pieced together after many of the songs were already recorded.
Because I wrote it in such a way that I just dropped the numbers into the album in any order that they cropped up. It depends in which state you listen to it in.
In the album's story, the Earth is saved by the rock n' roll messiah, Ziggy Stardust, with only five years to survive.
He wins the hearts of teens, scares parents, seduces everyone in his path, and eventually dies a victim of his own fame. According to Suffragette City - David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars , he "takes himself up to the incredible spiritual heights and is kept alive by his disciples".
During the song "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide", the infinites extraterrestrials arrive, and tear Ziggy Stardust to pieces on stage.
Ziggy Stardust has been retrospectively described as glam rock   rock opera    and proto-punk. For the album, Mick Ronson used an electric guitar plugged to a watt Marshall amplifier and a wah-wah pedal ;  Bowie played acoustic rhythm guitar. The track contains a repeated diatonic chord progressionresembling early s rock and roll music. In the song Bowie's vocals are double-tracked, which gives an effect of two people singing and suggests a band performance.
Bowie also performs the alto saxophone on this song. Rex  guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix ;  and progressive rock band King Crimson. The album cover photograph was taken by Brian Ward  outside furriers "K. West" at 23 Heddon Street, London on 13 January   looking south-east towards the centre of the city.
Bowie said of the sign, "It's such a shame that sign went [was removed]. People read so much into it. They thought 'K. West' must be some sort of code for 'quest. As part of street renovations, in April a red " K series " phonebox was returned to the street, replacing a modern blue phonebox, which in turn had replaced the original phonebox featured on the rear cover. The idea was to hit a look somewhere between the Malcolm McDowell thing with the one mascaraed eyelash and insects.
It was the era of Wild Boysby William S. The cover was among the ten chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of "Classic Album Cover" postage stamps issued in January The instruction was omitted, however, from re-releases.
West" sign on the cover photo. The unveiling was attended by original band members Woodmansey and Bolder, and was unveiled by Gary Kemp.
Widely considered to be Bowie's breakthrough album,    Ziggy Stardust was released on 16 June in the UK. It was like a creature falling from the sky. Americans put a man on the moon.
We had our own British guy from space - with an Irish mother. In its first week, the album sold 8, copies in Britain.
After dropping down the chart in latethe album began climbing the chart again; by the end ofthe album had sold 95, units in Britain. It peaked at number Suffragette City - David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars on the chart in February The tour lasted eighteen months, and passed through the United States and Canada; it then continued to Japan, to promote his album Aladdin Sane Notably, on 20 OctoberBowie performed a show in Santa Monica recorded for radio broadcast.
James Johnson of New Musical Express NME said the album has "a bit more pessimism" than on Suffragette City - David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars releases, and called the album's songs "fine".
But while Cromelin thought it was good, he felt that the record and its style might not be of lasting interest: "We should all say a brief prayer that his fortunes are not made to rise and fall with the fate of the 'drag-rock' syndrome".
Ziggy Stardust has been retrospectively acclaimed by critics, and recognised as one of the most important glam rock albums. Obviously, contrarians will insist other albums have proven to carry greater cultural weight or defined his artistic legacy better, but revisit Ziggy today and its visceral and emotional impact remains undeniable.
Especially when played, as The Grateful Dead - One From The Vault, 'at maximum volume' Ziggy reflected and shaped its time and its audience like no other album. Init was placed at number 81 in Pitchfork ' s Top Albums of the s. According to Acclaimed Musica site which uses statistics to numerically represent reception among critics, Ziggy Stardust is the 16th most celebrated album of all time.
The concept of Ziggy Stardust was revisited by Bowie himself in his later album Aladdin Sanewhich topped the UK chart, and was his first number-one album. Described by Bowie as "Ziggy goes to America", it contained songs he wrote while travelling to and across the US during the earlier part of the Ziggy tour. On the album's liner notes, Bowie wrote "Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with".
The album was covered as part of rock band Phish 's Halloween 'musical costume' on 31 October The song "Moonage Daydream" was included in the feature-length biographical documentary, and compilation soundtrack,  entitled Beside Bowie: the Mick Ronson Story.
Pennebaker directed a documentary and concert film featuring Bowie and the Spiders from Mars performing in the final Ziggy Stardust Tour, at the Hammersmith OdeonLondon on 3 July The full-length minute film spent years in post-production  before finally having its theatrical premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festivalon 31 August All tracks written by David Bowieexcept where noted.
The reissue was released on 6 Junewith five bonus tracks: . The album was remastered by Peter Mew and released on 28 September by Virgin. The first in a series of 30th Anniversary 2CD Editionsthis release included a newly remastered version as its first CD. The remaster on this edition reverses the left and right stereo channels on the first disc and many of the songs have been edited. Among other things, the three-note bridge between "Ziggy Stardust" and "Suffragette City", and the count-in to "Hang On to Yourself" are missing.
The second disc contained twelve tracks, most of which had been previously released on CD as bonus tracks on the —92 reissues. The new mix of "Moonage Daydream" was originally done for a Dunlop television commercial. All tracks written by David Bowie, except as noted. This edition was remastered by original Trident Studios' engineer Ray Staff. The remaster of the album and the remix stereo mix were both included in the Parlophone box set Five Years —released on 25 September On 16 JuneParlophone reissued the album as a limited edition LP pressed on gold vinyl.
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