Sunday, 25 May 2014

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars [12", LP]

Since it came out in 1972, a lot has been written about THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS already. A classic DAVID BOWIE album and quite possibly his most famous one as well. I like it a lot, with Five Years and Moonage Daydream being my favourite songs of this album, although my favourite Bowie albums are still the ones from his Berlin period. This particular copy is a Dutch reissue from 1979 and has a somewhat different sleeve than the regular versions, because there's this green border around it with the text "Rock Originals" on top. Probably part of some kind of series. Anyway, i'm posting about this album because i recently went to London and visited the street where this cover picture was taken. It's a small U-shaped street off Regent Street called Heddon Street, and the picture was taken at #23 in the part that runs parallel from Regent Street. On the album cover it looks like some kind of shabby back alley, but nowadays the street houses some restaurants and bars and looks pretty dandy. In 2012, Gary Kemp (of Spandau Ballet) who is a big Bowie fan unveiled a plaque that marks the exact spot where the picture was taken. Unfortunately nowadays there's a terrace with some pretty big plants on the spot where the boxes on the cover are located, so i couldn't take a picture from that angle. I made one from the other side of the street though, so the spot is on the left side, way in the back.

Label: RCA NL-14702
Year of release: 1979 (originally 1972)

01. Five Years
02. Soul Love
03. Moonage Daydream
04. Starman
05. It Ain't Easy

01. Lady Stardust
02. Star
03. Hang On To Yourself
04. Ziggy Stardust
05. Suffragette City
06. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

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