RARE PROMO LP & CD David Bowie Ziggy Stardust w/ Press Kit & Unreleased Tracks
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Super RARE ULTIMATE Bowie promotional collectible released 50 years ago!
David Bowie --The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
This rarely seen Promotional Copy comes with:
1. LP & CD. Both LOOK UNPLAYED.
2. PRESS KIT. See: photos
3. Previously unreleased bonus tracks
Described as a rock opera and a loose concept album, Ziggy Stardust concerns Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust, who is sent to Earth as a savior before an impending apocalyptic disaster. The music has been characterised as glam rock and proto-punk. The songs were influenced by Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Marc Bolan.
It peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and number 75 in the US Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart. It received widespread critical acclaim. It has since been called one of the most important albums in the glam rock genre and one of the GREATEST albums OF ALL TIME. In 2017, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or artistically significant" by the Library of Congress.
Bowie's influence on punk is undeniable. From the unhinged way Bowie yell-sings at the end of album opener "Five Years" to the crunchy power chords that open "Moonage Daydream," there are some proto-punk traits on the first half of the album -- along with ballads and strings and all kinds of other stuff -- but it's really the second half of the album where things start sounding like punk. You could picture Iggy singing over the choppy power chords and fast-paced drums of "Star," and with a little more distortion, the main guitar riff in "Hang Onto Yourself" could've become a Ramones song. The track "Ziggy Stardust" may have been more of a ballad, but the attitude in the chorus predicted punk's attitude about as much as anything in 1972 could. The album's punk peak, though, is "Suffragette City." Up the distortion and lower the production value a bit, and you'd have a song that could've fit on Raw Power. As is, it's still pretty punk. From the shouted "hey man!" that punctuate the lines in the verses, to Bowie's manic vocal delivery, to the song's driving pace, just about everything about "Suffragette City" predicted the punk movement that was just around the corner at the time. Bowie ends the album with "Rock 'N' Roll Suicide," and by the time he's hoarsely yelling at the song's end, it's very clear that this was the Bowie album early punk bands were taking notes from.