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David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars Album

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars Album

  • Performer: David Bowie
  • Genre: Rock
  • Title: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
  • Released: 06 Jun 1972
  • Style: Classic Rock, Glam
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Catalog: SF 8287, LSP 4702, LSP-4702
  • Country: UK
  • MP3 version size: 1387 mb
  • FLAC version size: 2082 mb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 216

Tracklist

1Rock 'N' Roll Suicide2:58
2Star2:47
3It Ain't Easy2:58
4Soul Love3:34
5Lady Stardust3:22
6Moonage Daydream4:40
7Five Years4:42
8Suffragette City3:25
9Ziggy Stardust3:13
10Starman4:10
11Hang On To Yourself2:40

Credits

  • ProducerDavid Bowie, Ken Scott
  • Written-ByBowie (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B6)
  • Arranged By [Arrangements]David Bowie, Mick Ronson
  • ArtworkTerry Pastor
  • BassTrevor Bolder
  • DrumsMick Woodmansey
  • Guitar, Piano, VocalsMick Ronson
  • Photography By [Photographs]Brian Ward
  • ProducerDavid Bowie, Ken Scott
  • Saxophone [Sax], Guitar, VocalsDavid Bowie
  • Written-ByBowie (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B6), Ron Davies (tracks: A5)
  • Arranged By [Arrangements]David Bowie, Mick Ronson
  • ArtworkTerry Pastor
  • BassTrevor Bolder
  • DrumsMick Woodmansey
  • Guitar, Piano, VocalsMick Ronson
  • Photography By [Photographs]Brian Ward
  • ProducerDavid Bowie, Ken Scott
  • Saxophone [Sax], Guitar, VocalsDavid Bowie
  • Written-ByBowie (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B6), Ron Davies (tracks: A5)
  • Arranged By [Arrangements]David Bowie, Mick Ronson
  • Artwork [Art Work]Main Artery
  • Artwork [Original Front And Back Cover Artwork By]Terry Pastor
  • Artwork [Uncredited], Layout [Uncredited]The Design League
  • Backing Band [Uncredited]Spiders From Mars
  • Backing Vocals [Uncredited]Dana Gillespie (tracks: A5)
  • Coordinator [Project Co-Ordinated By, Uncredited]Kevin Cann, Nigel Reeve
  • Design [Re-Package Designed By, Uncredited]Kevin Cann
  • Musician [The Musicians Are], BassTrevor Bolder
  • Musician [The Musicians Are], DrumsMick Woodmansey
  • Musician [The Musicians Are], Guitar, Piano, VocalsMick Ronson
  • Musician [The Musicians Are], Guitar, Saxophone, VocalsDavid Bowie
  • Other [Special Thanks To (@ Bowienet), Uncredited] – Mark Adams
  • Other [Special Thanks To (@ Isolar Enterprises, Inc.), Uncredited] – Eileen d'Arcy
  • Other [Special Thanks To (@ RZO Music, Inc.), Uncredited] – Bill Zysblat, Christina Degaitis, Henry Wrenn-Meleck
  • Other [Special Thanks To (@ The Outside Organisation), Uncredited] – Alan Edwards
  • Photography By [Booklet Photos By, Uncredited]Mick Rock
  • Photography By [Booklet Photos By]Brian Ward
  • Photography By [Original Front And Back Cover Photography By]Brian Ward
  • Producer [Album Production]David Bowie, Ken Scott
  • Remastered By [Uncredited]Ray Staff

Notes

Note
No "Dolby Systems logo" on the front top panel but instead has "Victor"
On the small panel flap below the track list is printed in capitol letters
STEREO AND PLAYABLE MONO
There isn't the further
This tape is mastered to Dolby "B" standards for noise reduction as this very similar version has.

J card panel inlay printed on one side only. Blue RCA band across top of artwork with "Stereo" and "Victor" text Light grey cassette with orange paper labels.

On inlay:
"A GFM Production"

"Produced by Ken Scott and David Bow ie" (sic)

"11/72 ℗"

On cassette:
"Manufactured by RCA SPA, Rome, Italy from master recordings of RCA Records. TM(S) Marca(s) Registrada(S) Used by authority of RCA Corporation ... Made in Italy"UK issue with UK made sleeve and USA made "Dynaflex" disc with orange labels.
No Mainman credit on sleeve or disc.
"A GEM PRODUCTION" on rear sleeve.

Category variants:
SF 8287 (LSP 4702) (front sleeve, rear sleeve & spine)
SF 8287 (labels)
LSP 4702 (inner sleeve)Jewel case with black tray and 4-pages booklet.

1990 re-issue with 5 bonus tracks:
12 - John I'm Only Dancing (Single B-Side)
13 - Velvet Goldmine (Single B-Side)
14 - Sweet Head (Previously Unreleased Track)
15 - Ziggy Stardust (Previously Unreleased Original Demo)
16 - Lady Stardust (Previously Unreleased Original Demo).

Originally released on LP in 1972.Repress of LP in the 40th anniversary package: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars which is remastered from analog.
LP in a poly lined inner sleeve. Package also includes replica inner picture / lyric sleeve.

Made in the EU.The album was recorded at Trident Studios, London, 9 July 1971 - 4 February 1972 using material from the sessions for the previous album 'Hunky Dory' ('It Ain't Easy', July 9, 1971), all other tracks being recorded between November 8, 1971 and February 4, 1972.

First UK issue. Includes printed lyric inner. Initial copies came with a single sheet insert promoting the current tour which started on 2 June 1972 running through until 25th June 1972. Identifying features include Titanic Music publishing credit and no Mainman logo on the back of the sleeve. Later issues have a Mainman publishing credit instead of Titanic and include a Mainman logo on the rear of the sleeve.

Front cover of this issue has derived from US artwork, and the RCA Victor logo and US catalogue number have been pasted over. It is possible to discern a large rectangular cover over, on which the UK details are placed on top of. Look for lines that break./ not continuous. (Not to be confused with second issue cover, where JUST the catalogue number has been covered over and changed.)

First and second Category on cover and label, third on inner sleeve.

[Label]
A1 to A4, B1 to B6 - Titanic Music/Chrysalis Music
A5 - Rondor Music
A Gem Production
Ⓟ 1972 RCA Records
Manufactured by RCA Limited, England

[Cover]
ⓒ 1972 RCA Limited
Printed in England by Robert Stace
RCA Limited, Record Division, RCA House, Curzon Street, London W1

[Inner sleeve]
All songs ⓒ copyright 1971, 1972 by Titanic Music Limited/Chrysalis Music Limited.The album was recorded at Trident Studios, London, 9 July 1971 - 4 February 1972 using material from the sessions for the previous album 'Hunky Dory' ('It Ain't Easy', July 9, 1971), all other tracks being recorded between November 8, 1971 and February 4, 1972.

First UK issue. Includes printed lyric inner. Initial copies came with a single sheet insert promoting the current tour which started on 2 June 1972 running through until 25th June 1972. Identifying features include Titanic Music publishing credit and no Mainman logo on the back of the sleeve. Later issues have a Mainman publishing credit instead of Titanic and include a Mainman logo on the rear of the sleeve.

Front cover of this issue has derived from US artwork, and the RCA Victor logo and US catalogue number have been pasted over. It is possible to discern a large rectangular cover over, on which the UK details are placed on top of. Look for lines that break./ not continuous. (Not to be confused with second issue cover, where JUST the catalogue number has been covered over and changed.)

First and second Category on cover and label, third on inner sleeve.

[Label]
A1 to A4, B1 to B6 - Titanic Music/Chrysalis Music
A5 - Rondor Music
A Gem Production
Ⓟ 1972 RCA Records
Manufactured by RCA Limited, England

[Cover]
ⓒ 1972 RCA Limited
Printed in England by Robert Stace
RCA Limited, Record Division, RCA House, Curzon Street, London W1

[Inner sleeve]
All songs ⓒ copyright 1971, 1972 by Titanic Music Limited/Chrysalis Music Limited.Russian (unofficial) CD released as mini replica of original vinyl LP℗ 1972 RCA Records.

"To be played at maximum volume."

Center labels:
Made by RCA Schallplatten GmbH, Hamburg, Germany,
from Masters Owned or Controlled by RCA Records.

Back Cover: (including typos)
Trademark(s) used by authority and under control of RCA Corporation . Made in Germany by RCA Schallplatten GmbH, D-2 Hamburg 19. from masters owned or controlled by RCA Records . Trademark(s) Registered - Marca(s) Registrada(s) . Printed in Germany . 1972

Laminated cover, blank white inner sleeve.

Barcodes

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): APRS-6814
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): APRS-6815
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): APRS-6814 2S I C3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): APRS-6815 6S I C1
  • Barcode (Printed - sticker): 0 825646 287376
  • Barcode (Scanned - sticker): 825646287376
  • Label Code: LC30419
  • Rights Society: GEMA/MCPS
  • Other (On inlay): DBXL1-4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 1): DBZSLP 40 207 734 8719 BC71696-01 A₁
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, variant 1): DBZSLP 40 2077348719 BC71696-01 B₃
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 2): DBZSLP 40 207 734 8719 V1z BC71696-01 A₁
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, variant 2): DBZSLP 40 2077348719 BC71696-01 B₃
  • Matrix / Runout: 8-029
  • Barcode: 5 099946 361325
  • Rights Society: SIAE
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side, variation 1): BGBS 0864 - 1E
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side, variation 1): BGBS 0865 - 1E
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side, variation 2): BGBS 0864 - 1E
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side, variation 2): BGBS 0865 - 2E
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side, variation 3,): BGBS 0864 - 2E
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side, variation 3): BGBS 0865 - 2E
  • Matrix / Runout (A side label): BGBS 0864
  • Matrix / Runout (B side label): BGBS 0865
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout, A11I is etched): BGBS 0864 - 2E A11I
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout, A8AS is etched): BGBS 0865 - 2E A8AS

Companies

  • Record Company – Warner Music Group
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co., LLC
  • Copyright (c) – Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co., LLC
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Parlophone Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Parlophone Records Ltd.
  • Licensed To – Parlophone Records Ltd.
  • Produced For – GEM Productions
  • Published By – Tintoretto Music
  • Published By – RZO Music, Inc.
  • Published By – Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
  • Published By – EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
  • Published By – Chrysalis Songs
  • Published By – RZO Music Ltd.
  • Published By – Chrysalis Music Ltd.
  • Published By – Irving Music, Inc.
  • Published By – Rondor Music Ltd.
  • Produced At – Trident Studios
  • Remastered At – Air Mastering
  • Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BC71696
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
  • Copyright (c) – RCA Limited
  • Manufactured By – RCA S.P.A.
  • Manufactured By – EMI Music Canada
  • Distributed By – EMI Music Canada
  • Manufactured By – RCA Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
  • Copyright (c) – RCA Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Titanic Music Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Chrysalis Music Ltd.
  • Printed By – Robert Stace
  • Published By – Titanic Music
  • Published By – Chrysalis Music
  • Published By – Rondor Music
  • Produced At – Trident Studios
  • Designed At – Main Artery Studio
  • Printed By – Robert Stace
  • Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis

Comments

Antuiserum Antuiserum
My copy unfortunately has that skipping problem on Star. Does having a better setup helps with that issue?
Bolanim Bolanim
Just got this pressing and just listened to it for the first time. I have never heard this album sounding so good! And I’ve heard quite a few pressings. Simply stunning!
Shadowbourne Shadowbourne
Echoing some of the comments here - this sounds fantastic. Good to know what you get with the Bowie represses.
Golkree Golkree
Phenomenal sound.I owned 12 different releases of this album and this is one of the best.This one and the original UK pressing are my favourites.
INvait INvait
Great sounding no surface noise at all and Bowies second best album after Hunky Dory.
Xtani Xtani
Sounds great! The dynamic range is amazing, fluctuating between quieter parts and really loud ones.
Andriodtargeted Andriodtargeted
Great pressing, no surface noise at all on mine, quite nice dynamics in all songs. Glad to have such a good remaster.
Phalaken Phalaken
Nothing bad to say really, sounds great and it's a no brainer for it's price!
Fordregelv Fordregelv
No issues with mine. Great pressing, great price. Iconic album.
kinder kinder
10/10. Sounds way better than my Canadian original. Top Analog Reissue. Extremely queit pressing by Optimal. AAA sound. Pick this up while they are still cheap.
Billy Granson Billy Granson
I am sad to report that yet again the defect on Star is still on the record. Parlophone are an absolute disgrace. I have lost count how many I have sent back.
Cordaron Cordaron
UPDATE: Cleaned record a second time on the Okki Nokki, and then continued to play through "Star" about 5 times while very lightly dusting with Audioquest carbon fiber brush and POOF! All skips gone. Maybe give it a shot? Otherwise, this record sounds great throughout.
TheFresh TheFresh
Just opened my sealed copy and I have the same defect on Star as you. Don't know if it matters but I'm playing on a VPI Scout which has never been adjusted in any way beyond factory settings. I see you've sent multiple copies "back". Do you happen to have a link or address where I can do the same. I'm really losing faith in new vinyl.
TheJonnyTest TheJonnyTest
Many thanks. I will check out the advice and give it a try.
Weetont Weetont
In my case it is a "click" just as the fade-in of "Five Years" starts. Yes it had to be right at the start of the record, and in a quiet part too. I can actually see a tiny "flaw" in the vinyl with a magnifying glass. I use a brand new Fluance RT-81 table with a Linn K5 cartridge and stylus properly set up and calibrated. I played it twice and then decided I couldn't live with it, and ordered another copy, this time the DBZSLP 40 version, with the DVD-A. So far I haven't heard any problems (I'm actually listening to Star as I'm typing this). But overall my new copy version seems quieter than this one, less bassy as well.
Dellevar Dellevar
Here is a discogs forum helping people with skipping problems on brand new records. I hope it helps.https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/731329Also FYI see the general explanation below for why this would be a problem with your set up (but also due to the 'hot' master of this record):This record is cut very "hot". In other words it is very dynamic. The large changes in amplitude cause your needle to jump at specific points in the record, which is why other people also have problems on Starman. Historically, other great and sought after pressings have had similar problems. Robert Ludwigs infamous "hot cut" of Led Zeppelin 2 is considered the most desirable by many collectors because it is very dynamic. Copies go for thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, the record had to be remastered because people with budget turntables were experiencing skipping problems."Amhet Ertegun at Atlantic heard the album (which Eddie demanded be as hot as possible) and apparently it skipped on his daughters little turntable. Instead of calling us at Sterling and asking us to lower the level a little and telling us where it skipped, they had the disk cutters at Atlantic use my EQ'd cassette file copy and they cut it WAY lower than my original cut plus, in my opinion, it sounded dull and generally not very good sounding in comparison."https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/robert-ludwig-offers-feedback-on-1969-us-led-zeppelin-ii-rl-cut.574016/I also see this issue with other great reissues. The talking heads record "speaking in tongues" by rhino is also very hot cut and sounds great, but may reviewers on amazon complain of skips on "burning down the house". I have none of these issues on my set up. Some commentators on Hoffman forums mentioned upgrading their set up, which fixed the problem.TLDR:The record is mastered amazingly well, and is great if you have a high quality set up. People with budget turntables such as Crosleys or Victorolas will have issues (or people with improperly adjusted tone arms). Upgrade /adjust your turntable and you will no longer have skipping issues.
Mardin Mardin
Its the exact same error as many others have had and I have had it on at least a dozen copies. I suspect it is coming down to what set up each of us use but it certainly is not our set up that is at fault. If it were a set up problem its impossible that we would all be picking up the same jumps in the same place on Star.
Uickabrod Uickabrod
What kind of record player do you have? My copy sounds amazing, with no defects. Playing it on a Rega RP1. The problem most likely has to do with your set up. Either your tone arm isn't set up properly, or you need to upgrade your set up.
Tygralbine Tygralbine
One of my best albums in the collection. David Bowie is the musical Number One for me. Ever
Ytli Ytli
Solid pressing with great dynamics. No skips or surface noise to report.
Ramsey`s Ramsey`s
Glad to report that the copy I purchased has no skips and hardly any surface noise. Good pressing for the buck.
Gir Gir
Sounds fantastic. Solid pressing. One small skip occurs during Star which is unfortunate. Otherwise, no complaints. Such a classic album. Rock n roll suicide is a masterpiece.
Lli Lli
Same here - sounds great! Classic album in a reissue that sounds good.
Burgas Burgas
Great sounding record overall. Love the feel of the album. No problems to report here!
Alsanadar Alsanadar
Great album. No issues with my copy at all.
Llbery Llbery
I'm on my 3rd copy of the new 180gm pressing. All 3 have been skipping in the same spot on Star. Returning the lastest one back to the store now. I give up. I'll have to replace it with a different record. I just thought I'd google the problem, and found this forum. Disappointed, by glad to know it's not a problem with my turntable.
Just_paw Just_paw
I had the same issue with "Star" on my previous turntable. After upgrading to an RP1/Carbon, it didn't skip anymore. It definitely is a fault in the pressing, but you may never know depending on the player/cartridge you own.
Zyangup Zyangup
Multiple skips through star here as well. Got to the point where I yelled REALLY!!! Skipped at least 10 times. Luckily that’s my least favorite song on the album, but still.... also had a small skip on the first chorus of hang on to yourself. Other than that it sounds fantastic
Rias Rias
I just got the 180g vinyl for Christmas, and it skipped all over the place on "Star". I took it back and ordered a new copy that I just got today. Exact same problem: skips all through "Star", at least 5 or 6 times. Something wrong with that pressing I guess.
Zacki Zacki
They are the same pressing but it is not in all copies. Glad you got a decent one :)
Kearanny Kearanny
I don't have any issues whatsoever on the one from the boxset. I was pretty sure it was the same pressing, I guess not then. :/
SmEsH SmEsH
This has been going on since the start sadly. I have had multiple copies all with the same problem as yours.
Voodoogore Voodoogore
This was the first album of the Parlophone reissues of David Bowie's back catalog that I picked up. It wouldn't be my last. Impressive on all fronts down to the artwork reproduction, quality pressing, and the full sounding mix. I immediately went searching for more to add to my collection. Currently, I have six of these reissues and haven't been disappointed yet. Can't wait for the reissues of Low and Heroes. Highly recommended.
Mullador Mullador
It says 2012 digital remaster. I think the notes are incorrect that this is remastered from analog. Sounds great though, and no skipping as some have found.
Hatе&love Hatе&love
When the artwork is used for a lot of albums to create the LP version, they sometimes use the digital version...it’s happened on many occasions. Rest assured, this version uses the same plates as the 2012 AAA release.
Jairani Jairani
my copy only skips once on star so i guess i'm lucky.
Simple Simple
Wow this reissue is apparently cursed. Just cracked the seal on mine and it starts skipping on track 1 of side 2. After some anti skate adjustments, got through track 1 with no skips but Star...forget it. No adjustments will fix the skips in that song. Argggh.
Eayaroler Eayaroler
I though that maybe it was something wrong with my tone arm, but I can see from the other comments that skipping is a common issue with this version. I have the limited Gold pressing. They also made a mistake with the coloring when they pressed the vinyl. The disc itself is smooth and flat, but the gold material is all wrinkled and bunched up. Makes the disc look odd.
Sadaron above the Gods Sadaron above the Gods
Just listened through my copy, no skips, pops, or surface noise of any kind. Maybe I got lucky, but my copy sounds great.
Went Tyu Went Tyu
B-side didn´t play well, changed for new one and same problem. Going to return it also and buy a different version.
Zavevidi Zavevidi
No problem with my copy. Everything is crystal clear and crispy sounding.
Brightfury Brightfury
This sounds great. I had no issues with skipping or noise on side 2 as some others seem to have.
Azago Azago
Just picked up a copy yesterday, sounds great and in amazing shape! maybe it was just some pressings that had problems.
Khiceog Khiceog
I have an italian reissue from 1977. Do you think this one might sound better?
Dagdage Dagdage
The second side of my version is close to unplayable. Skips abound (similar to those saying B2 skipped). Will be looking for another version soon. Very disappointed. My version on Man Who Sold the World is excellent.
Murn Murn
I just brought a copy home from Barnes and Noble. Same skips. It's going back tomorrow.
Samulkree Samulkree
I bought this album at Barnes and noble and had the same problem on side b. I returned it and got a second copy and just played it and the same problem. I will be returning this also. All must be like this.
Hamrl Hamrl
Mine's very good, sounds great. I agree that the colors on the cover are over-saturated, I've seen other issues that look better than this.
Agamaginn Agamaginn
No problem with mine either. Sounds just great. Go for it!
Mr.Twister Mr.Twister
I received my replacement copy from amazon today and it skipped at exactly at the same point. The start of the first chorus in it ain't easy :( sending it back, hoping 3rd time lucky.
Use_Death Use_Death
Mine skipped there also, as well as all the way through star
Sorryyy Sorryyy
Am I the only lucky enough person who got a PERFECT copy of this re-release? :DPeople complained about track B2 skipping too much, but that wasn't the case for me. My record player perfectly :-)
fire dancer fire dancer
I had the same problem with this album when playing on a cheaper TT I had. Same song, same spot. I haven't had the problem since playing it on my SL 1700 though. I brought it back to the local shop and it didn't skip on their player either.
Qane Qane
'Star' is completely unlistenable on this pressing - I went as far as to take my copy back to the store and swap it out, only to have the exact same skips on the second copy. Everything else sounds great, and Star isn't one of the better songs on the LP - so if you don't mind having to skip over it then go for it.
LoboThommy LoboThommy
'Star' also has numerous skips on my copy. Took about 30 seconds to play the entire song my first time through because of how many skips . Pulled the record off the turntable and gave it a thourough cleaning. That helped some, but I still have 3 or 4 skips that may or may not happen in the same places when I play the album. The rest of the album plays fine w/o any skips and sounds great. Weird that one song would be affected. Maybe the plates were dirty. Bought from Hot Topic.
Mohn Mohn
They know whether this edition of Parlophone is analog? today buy the disc and returned it because in the back of it said "DIGITAL REMASTERED"I appreciate your help .... :)
Alsalar Alsalar
Thanks for the reply!!! My personal experience tells me that digital remasters for more ' clean ' that are ruining all the benefits of analog audio (spatial perception of sound, resonances , 3D sound, etc.)My sound system is 100 % analog , not digital processes , and really is very noticeable difference between a artifical digital and an analog natural source.Regards!
Rare Rare
Hi djedzen,yes, this was digitally remastered in 2012 as written in the liner notes of the back cover -but don't believe that any of the vinyl-records produced as new editions never touched the bits and bytes of the digital domain :-)as long as the result is fine, i'm ok with that personally, presupposing they know what to do…
Dammy Dammy
Comparing this to my 1984 or 1985 German issue it was very close call. I may just slightly prefer the older issue, but this one sounds very good. I've decided to keep the old copy, so I'm waiting for this reissue to get sold out :) Get it while you can, only colours on the cover are perhaps a bit over-saturated.
Dyni Dyni
Well I don't know about the rest of you all, but mine sounds immaculate. Really relies greatly on the original mixes/tonalities without altering much.
Freaky Hook Freaky Hook
I received a Parlophone reissue of this great album from a friend of mine recently and, unfortunately, the song 'Star' is unlistenable. I went out and bought a second copy from my local record store and, sure enough, the record skipped on the exact same song. It's reassuring to hear that other listeners are having the same problem as myself, and with the exact same song. It's safe to say that I won't be buying any more of these Bowie represses, which is a shame as I wanted to add a few to my collection. Bad form, Parlophone! Apart from that, the record sounds fantastic, the best I have ever heard 'Ziggy' sound. Despite this, do be warned - your copy will more than likely be defective. Mine was, twice over.
Redfury Redfury
Mine skips on Star also. I was thinking of buying a second copy but maybe I will look for an older copy instead. I ordered it from Amazon.
Sarin Sarin
Same here. Ordered a new copy of this album from Amoeba online and "Star" and "Hang On .." both skipped. Amoeba graciously offered to send a replacement copy and just got it yesterday and "Star" skips on replacement copy as well. Very frustrating.
Hudora Hudora
mine was defective as well. Parlophone has really lowered their quality control standards.
Dozilkree Dozilkree
I just receive my second copy of this LP. The quality of the product is somewhat inconstant. I'm not used to Optimal Media GmbH media manufacturer, but I assume they are usually good since they press a lot of records in Germany.Like I said in my first review, it's one of the most quiet record I buy recently, my second copy is dead quiet as well, but the first copy I receive was wrapped a little bit but not to the point of affecting the sound. Also it have a scratch on the last track of the Side A even in the deadwax area who affect the sound of the song.The cover is not well reproduce compare to the original one or any other release I have seen so far (yellowish and blurry). Of course, I don't blame Parlophone records, who is a part of the EMI Group, for their work since they did an amazing work with this release, at least for the transfers of the analog tapes and the remastering. I will class this version as my second favorite one of this album so far, the first one being the vinyl rip of an original UK press that I was able to download in 24-96 bits.My second copy is still a little bit wrapped, but not that much as the first one. The hole is not well centered so I can see the turntable arm moving from the inside to the outside non-stop while playing ( a movement that I can't name in english...), nothing to affect the sound or deform it. So I blame a production quality problem and not the record company itself. Again, the vinyl itself is quiet dead! Not a single clicks and pops. One problem on the second copy is the mysterious one occurrence of a very loud ''Z'' resonance in the vocals, who distort the sound, in the song Ziggy Stardust (one of my favorite). It's happening just after the first chorus part when David start singing and pronounce the word Ziggy. I don't understand why it's happening since it's not on my first copy. I always clean my needle after each side of a record I play, also the needle I use (Audio Technica AT440MLb) always track very well all my records, even the old ones.I tried to clean only that song of the record with an old rca diswasher D4 brush (not the new model who worth nothing) but the Z distortion sound stay there. I clean the whole record with the Spin Clean machine, the Z distortion stay there. It occur only at one place on this record and is not there in my other copy. It's a lot distracting for me and my poor ears. So overall, my only complaints is about the "Z" sound distortions, the hole who is not well centered and the record jacket reproduction. For the reviewer who complain about the Parlophone records company , I just read all his reviews and it's always the same (cut and paste) and all about Parlophone records so don't bother about it.Don't fear to buy this record, it's not a perfect product, but it's much better than some other rereleases I buy in the last year. It's also your best option since the Bowie records price increase insanely since his death. You have to be lucky to find an used NM- or VG+ of the original UK copy for a decent price. The USA and Canadian original releases are pressed on the dynaflex vinyl technology, so very light weight and they are not the best records I own, not quiet at all (I own some of them, Aladdin Sane, Pin ups, Diamond Dogs).Overall, for all those small defects, I give it a good 3 1/2 stars on 5.
Gavinranadar Gavinranadar
Yes ... ignore me and the other commenters all saying the same thing ... copy and paste
MARK BEN FORD MARK BEN FORD
Sucks to hear that other people are having issues with this pressing, but I picked it up yesterday at my local record store and my copy sounds amazing. No scratches, skips, or anything that interferes with playing, and it has excellent sound quality. I wouldn't overreact to a few people who have had problems. Easy five star release for me.
Akinozuru Akinozuru
Returning a second copy of this. "Star" skips throughout the song with no visible scratches on the vinyl. Both copies. Bad pressing.
Grinin Grinin
I have had the same issue. I took my original copy back to the store in which I purchased it. They exchanged it for another copy. Same problem. The clerk and I then played every copy in the store that they had. They all had the same exact issue. I have contacted the label. So far no luck. Just half assed responses.
Doomblade Doomblade
I had the same problem. I guess the pressing plant screwed up an entire batch of Bowie records. Such a shame.
Malalanim Malalanim
5 starts for the quality of sound. It's the best version of this LP I heard (didn't own the original UK press and only an early 80's Canadian pressing). The transfer is apparently made from the original analogue master tape and I must say that I'm very impressed by the quality of the separation of the channel and how good the instruments sound. I also own the Rykodisc remastered CD special edition from 1990 ( https://www.discogs.com/fr/David-Bowie-The-Rise-And-Fall-Of-Ziggy-Stardust-The-Spiders-From-Mars/release/1119108 ) and I must admit that this particular release was very bad in several ways, too much EQ apply on the voices and other instruments, a lot of treble and very low bass and also a lot of drop out in some songs on both left and right channel. With this release, I can say that I hear for the first time the real mix as it was release back then. It's the best I heard so far. It have a natural and neutral sound, no unnecessary EQ, they keep it as close as the original mix. No defect in the sound like in someother CD releases. 3 stars for the sleeve. The front sleeve is blurry and the colors are not very good compare with my early 80's copie. Also the back cover is worse than the front. Look like the take a CD booklet and zoom in on the image. 3 stars for the quality of the vinyl itself. It's a quiet one, some minor pops and clicks here and there but nothing too serious. The main 2 problems are a very light wrapped LP who don't affect the sound but it's wrapped and not a flat record. Also, on Side 1 from the middle of the last song to the end and also in the deadwax, it have a major scratch (5 mm long by 3 mm large), so the last song sound not good, don't skip but affect the playing a lot. I don't know what cause this scratch cause the protective inner sleeve is of very good quality. I suspect a problem in the production and inspection quality. Too many LP's to press and not enough vinyl press machine, so they must rush the production and inspection process. I may return my copy for the 2 main defects I mention above but it's already back order and the next batch will not be available before 1-2 months.
SupperDom SupperDom
I didn't write to them... But my first copy that I order from Amazon had some defects for sure, not a perfect record, wrapped just a little bit, scratch at the end of the last song on side A and horrible cover reproduction (too much yellow and blurry image, not crop properly). But for the vinyl itself, it's a very quiet pressing and it sound very good, a lot more of all the other versions I heard. Even download a rip from a first uk pressing and it sound not as good as this one. I returned my first copy because of the defects of the vinyl and still waiting for the new one to come.