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David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars CD (album) cover


David Bowie


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5 stars Ziggy played guitar.

Now, this is the one, the one record of Bowie, you need. Here are all the hits, all the great Songs, you have heard somewhere and you might have thought: this is great music. And it is. I do not know much about the time when this was released, but today, still, this is on par with the best stuff the Beatles published at their time. Every single Song here is a killer. I remember listening to "Rock'n'Roll Suicide" over and over again, getting drunk and thinking: That's it, there is no Song, no Singer, who could say it any better. This is not Music, this is history. I remember getting this record, listening to it, forgetting it for a few years, and suddenly the words pop into my mind: time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth. And those lines were reason enough not to stop smoking. This is essential stuff. If you don't know it, you missed something, seriously. There is no way to understand the Sex Pistols or anything that came after this, without knowing what happened here. Is it Prog? I do not know. But it sure is art.

I have never seen the movie and I don't intend to, but what Bowie creates her is his ultimate Persona, which would have repercussions in later achievements like Ashes to Ashes. It all starts here and it starts with a Bang. There is not one weak Song on this Album. Sure, there are the hits: Starman, Rock'n'Roll Suicide, Moonage daydream and others, but the album has to be swallowed as a whole. It's a new world opening up, this is one cornerstone of Bowies Career and rightfully so. I don't know, if it is an essential addition to any Prog Collection, but it sure is essential to know this for anyone interested in popular Music of the 20th century.

saalfeld | 5/5 |


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