David Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...


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by sadisticmonkey USER (8 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 77 replies | 10,092 views


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist


2 of 4 thought this review was well written

#35 On Rolling Stone's Top 500 albums of all time


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(1972) David Bowie - "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars"

Musicians


David Bowie: vocals, guitar, sax
Mick Ronson: guitar, piano and vocals
Trevor Bolder: bass
Mick Woodmansey: drums

Tracks

1.Five Years (4:42)
2.Soul Love (3:33)
3.Moonage Daydream (4:37)
4.Starman (4:16)
5.It Ain't Easy (2:57)
6.Lady Stardust (3:21)
7.Star (2:47)
8.Hang Onto Yourself (2:38)
9.Ziggy Stardust (3:13)
10.Suffragette City (3:25)
11.Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2:57)

This was Bowie's 4th (5th Official) Major outing as a rock star. This album, to many rock and roll fans, changed the way we look at rock and roll. For David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust introduced us to a new wave of rock and rock. GLAM ROCK. And before music sold out to it's extremes by the 1980's. This was how GLAM ROCK was done properley. One of the best albums ever made to date....By anyone...

Five Years - 10/10

The soft patter of drums fades in to a song that starts this epic story of an album. The song sings about the end of the world. All the emotions of tragedy are expressed deeply. Shock, sadness, panic are all crammed beautifully into a dream like song. Gentle weeping piano and soft soothing vocals from David warn us that the end of the world is near. Great album intro.

Soul Love 10/10

In a complete change of mood. This song comes to teach us about one thing even the end of the world can't destroy. LOVE. A very smooth rock sound with crunchy guitar and a kick *** chorus remind us that Love is undying. Very jazz like song with some nice saxophone and acoustic guitar bits.

Moonage Daydream - 10/10

The Ultimate Rock Song. Nonsense lyrics. Great Chorus. Kick *** Guitar solo (actually made Guitar World's Top 100 solo's of all time). This song sings about the moonage daydream. Basically a freak out psychadelic song. One of David's most rocking songs from any album. Sci-Fi imagery and yet MORE pan flute complete the excellence which is MOONAGE DAYDREAM.

Starman - 10/10

He has arrived. This song kicks off the actual concept part of the LP. There is a light in the sky. The radio and T.V channels have been intercepted. Starman is the song that pretty much introduces Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" character. He has come from outerspace to teach the children how to rock and roll. A very cool song that has to be heard by everyone.

It Ain't Easy - 9/10

Here is a song that was written by Ron Davies. And NOT Mr. David Bowie. A great rocking tune about sin. "It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're goin' down". The chorus of this song really lifts the song into an arena rocker.

Lady Stardust - 9/10

The soft piano powered ballad of the album. This song sings about sexual confusion. This certain issue played a key role in Bowie's career. Topics of homosexuality/bisexuality were always hot issues in the eyes of the critics about many classic rockers. Very raw bar room lounge tune.

Star - 10/10

Pick-Me-Up rock song about high hopes of becoming a rock and roll star, despite the piling odds against you. Nice guitar riffs and backup harmonies.

Hang On To Yourself - 8.5/10

A different style creeps out in this song. More of a Punk-Rock song than arena rock. Nice change of pace for this album. Very nifty Punk style solo (short but sweet). This song probably holds some sort of record for being the only song to incorporate Badgers and Vaseline in the same line...

Ziggy Stardust - 7.5/10

Easily the weakest song on the album. This song sings about the Ego of the Ziggy Stardust. How his stardom and fame eventually lead to his downfall. Not a terrible song, but the least memorable of the album. Great drumming though.

Suffragette City - 10/10

One of Bowie's more radio friendly tracks. This is a kick *** blues/hard rock song. Hard to decipher the meaning of this song. To me it sounds like the uprising of women. Either way, this song is a classic. It also coined the phrase "Wham Bam Thank You M'am".

Rock 'N' Roll Suicide - 9/10

Another fitting closing track to an album. This song is about hitting rock bottom as a Rock Star. Get too famous, you are over exposed and eventually it all comes crashing down. A slower song that seems to be cooling down from the energy this album produces. Great closer.

Reviewers Picks

Five Years
Moonage Daydream
Starman
Suffragette City

Overall Rating - 9.5/10

This is easily David Bowie's best album. Almost perfect attempt at capturing the experience of glam rock at its finest. Some essential Bowie tracks are to be found on this LP



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Comments:Add a Comment 
owlandtree
August 12th 2004



47 Comments


This is a great album! Bowie is definately one of the great writers-visionaries in the music industry. He continues to expand his ecclectisism to this day. My favorites are Low and Heroes. This album is an important piece of rock history. 5outta5 :D

sadisticmonkey
August 12th 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice to see someone likes the lesser known bowie LP's

Iai
Emeritus
August 12th 2004



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer Low to this, but it's still incredible.

And by the way....da[I][/I]mn you for beating me to this review.....

manoulos
August 16th 2004



28 Comments


great review! in spite of the fact you've rated too low numbers such as ziggy stardust (9/10 for me) or rock'n'roll suicide (10/10).
Supreme masterpiece (10/10)

ScorpSath
August 16th 2004



23 Comments


Great review, ziggy stardust is not one of the weakest songs though.

Manimal
August 16th 2004



9 Comments


What the hell? Ziggy Stardust is deffinetly not the weakest on the album. Infact its my favorite. You are nuts.

This record got me into Bowie and music.

sadisticmonkey
August 17th 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow, such a strong liking for that track... I just think the rest of the album is better... I find Ziggy Stardust doesnt have as much replayability.

To each his own. :thumb:

Manimal
August 17th 2004



9 Comments


Yeah,. Good review though.



Simple Man
September 12th 2004



2 Comments


Don't steal reviews.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 12th 2004



826 Comments


Decent review, but it's already been done. Threads merged.

Simple Man
September 12th 2004



2 Comments


Lol, I made mine just before his, but his is better :p

Good Review :thumb:

Bartender
Emeritus
September 12th 2004



826 Comments


Don't take the piss.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 12th 2004



826 Comments


The second one. The review's already been done, and this is the same review that chuck norris posted a few hours ago.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 12th 2004



826 Comments


I'll merge the threads and you guys can fight it out.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 12th 2004



826 Comments


Okay, I've looked now, and it does look like you posted it first. So, don't steal reviews, and check if a review's done before starting a new thread for it.

Paranoidd
September 13th 2004



27 Comments


Great review!

I love this record, one of th ebest concept albums ever. Especially since Bowie lived the concept :D

surfkauai
December 26th 2004



30 Comments


Did Brian Eno produce this one?

Chris the Great
December 26th 2004



1 Comments


No. Brian Eno produced Low and Heroes.

sadisticmonkey
December 27th 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

holy christ..I didn't steal any review....I wrote this back in August...

get a life people

Bartender
Emeritus
December 27th 2004



826 Comments


He was talking to the other guy.



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