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David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars-The Motion Picture Soundtrack CD (album) cover


David Bowie


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5 stars The "Motion Picture Soundtrack" is a great live document of Bowie's glam rock era, and an excellent counterpart to the Santa Monica live show which, like this one, eventually got an official release after floating around on the bootleg market for years. Whereas the Santa Monica live album captures Bowie and Spiders in a raucous glam rock mode with more than a little mucking about on their part, this is a substantially more polished affair - made even more polished thanks to the careful remastering on the Five Years boxed set, if you fancy springing for that version - which finds the band on the peak of their form. The 15 minute version of Width of a Circle includes some amazingly intense improvised sections.

Of course, it also benefits from showcasing a concert which is not only high-quality in its own right but of massive historical importance to Bowie's career, for this is the point when he retired Ziggy, split up the Spiders, and set course for Hunger City and a rendezvous with the DIamond Dogs.

Warthur | 5/5 |


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