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David Bowie

Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack (50th Anniversary Edition)

    David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust, his most famous alter-ego, in front of 5000 stunned fans at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Now, the fully restored film and soundtrack will be released for the first time for the 50th anniversary of the show. Renowned filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, Bob Dylan - Don’t Look Back, Depeche Mode - 101) captured the momentous event by filming Bowie and The Spiders From Mars backstage and onstage.

    Although filmed 50 years ago, the film was not widely seen for over a decade. However, the film and its soundtrack have been newly remastered with the medley of ‘The Jean Genie/Love Me Do’ medley and ‘Round And Round’ featuring the late legendary Jeff Beck reinstated - the latter track making its very first appearance anywhere. Both performances were newly mixed by long-time Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti.

    The show featured Bowie’s famous speech just before the final encore, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’, where he revealed that he was retiring the Ziggy Stardust persona. The shocking announcement came as a surprise to all in attendance – including members of his band and was the first proclamation of its kind in rock and roll.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side 1
    Introduction
    Hang On To Yourself
    Ziggy Stardust
    Watch That Man
    Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
    All The Young Dudes
    Oh! You Pretty Things
    Moonage Daydream
    Side 2
    Changes
    Space Oddity
    My Death
    Cracked Actor
    Time
    Side 3
    The Width Of A Circle
    Let’s Spend The Night Together
    Suffragette City
    Side 4
    White Light/White Heat
    Medley: The Jean Genie / Love Me Do / The Jean Genie (feat. Jeff Beck)
    Round And Round (feat. Jeff Beck)
    Farewell Speech
    Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

    King Tuff

    Smalltown Stardust

      There are times in our life when we feel magic in the air. When new love arrives, or we find ourselves lost in a moment of creation with others who share our vision. A sense that: this is who I want to be. This is what I want to share. It’s a fleeting feeling and one that Kyle Thomas, the singer-songwriter who records and performs as King Tuff, found himself longing for in the spring of 2020.

      But knowing he couldn’t simply recreate this time in his life at will, Thomas—who hails from Brattleboro, Vermont—set out to write a love letter to those cherished moments of inspiration and to the small town that formed him. The one where he first nurtured his songwriting impulses, bouncing ideas off other like-minded artists. The kind of place where the changing of the seasons always delivered a sense of perspective and fresh artistic inspiration. Where he felt a deeper connection with nature and sense of community that had once been so close at hand. And so, Thomas seized upon his memories, creating what he calls “an album about love and nature and youth.”

      The result is Smalltown Stardust, a spiritual, tender and ultimately joyous record that might come as a shock to those with only a passing knowledge of the artist’s back catalog. On Smalltown Stardust, Thomas takes us on his journey to a place where past and present collide, where he can be a dreamer in love with all that he sees. References to his Brattleboro upbringing abound, but at the core of Smalltown Stardust is Thomas’s desire to commune with nature on a spiritual level. Images of the natural world, from blizzards to green mountains to cloudy days, fill the songs. “I consider nature to be my religion,” he explains, and Smalltown Stardust is nothing if not a spiritual exploration.

      While so much of Smalltown Stardust invokes idealized traces and places of Thomas’s past, the album’s recording process made his communal vision a reality. Thomas’s Los Angeles home in 2020 formed a micro-scene of sorts, with housemates Meg Duffy (Hand Habits) and Sasami Ashworth recording their own heralded albums (2021’s Fun House and 2022’s Squeeze, respectively) at the same time. A shared spirit dominated an era spent largely on the premises, with Thomas serving as engineer and contributor to both records, and Ashworth working as co-producer on Smalltown Stardust. Ashworth’s contributions are vital to the album: she co-wrote a majority of the record and contributed vocals, arrangements, and instrumentation to each song.

      In the end, Smalltown Stardust is not merely a nostalgia trip. Thomas not only conjured a special time in his life, he found new inspiration, surrounded by collaborators and a sense of love and wonder for nature. If the first King Tuff record was content to merely state Thomas was no longer dead, Smalltown Stardust is a paean to what that life means. A statement of belief and a hymnal to the magic still to behold all around us.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Smalltown Stardust is at it's heart an exploration of psychedelia but it's so joyously presented, effortlessly lurching from 60s psych to folky minimalism, via clashing garage rock. There are snippets of uplifting synths and pristine production but it never sounds less that thoroughly organic and wholly absorbing.

      TRACK LISTING

      Love Letters To Plants
      How I Love
      A Meditation
      Portrait Of God
      Smalltown Stardust
      Pebbles In A Stream
      Tell Me
      Rock River
      The Bandits Of Blue Sky
      Always Find Me
      The Wheel

      David Bowie

      The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - 50th Anniversary Edition

        28th April 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s STARMAN, the first single from THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS. To celebrate, Parlophone Records is proud to announce release details to mark the album’s Golden Jubilee.

        On 17th June 2022, 50 years and one day after the original U.K. release date, THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS will be issued as a limited edition 50th anniversary picture disc, featuring a half-speed master and a replica promotional poster for the album.

        THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS is the breakthrough album that catapulted David Bowie into the international spotlight. Over the past 50 years it has remained a touchstone record, growing in stature with each passing year. It is now ingrained in popular culture, its undeniable influence spanning musicians from Arcade Fire to Lady Gaga, to Harry Styles’s androgynous fashion sense to Noel Fielding’s shirts on The Great British Bake-Off to Ziggy make-up challenges on Tik-Tok.

        David Bowie laid to rest the Ziggy Stardust persona in July 1973 at his infamous last show with the Spiders From Mars at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, but Ziggy’s impact reverberates to this day.


        TRACK LISTING

        SIDE ONE
        Five Years – 4:42
        Soul Love – 3:34
        Moonage Daydream – 4:40
        Starman – 4:10 It Ain’t Easy – 2:58
        SIDE TWO
        Lady Stardust – 3:22
        Star – 2:47
        Hang On To Yourself – 2:40
        Ziggy Stardust – 3:13
        Suffragette City – 3:25
        Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide - 2.58

        Stardust

        Music Sounds Better With You - 21st Anniversary Edition

          Where to begin? I was 13 when this first came out; and I distinctly remember the music video on MTV - in their space suits: Alan Braxe with his synth, middle its Benjamin Diamond the vocalist and on the right Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk fame. Anyway, being snotty nosed, punk obsessed teenagers, the track didn't really register on our radars at the time, mainly cos it was on MTV along with 'all that other mainstream nonsense'. Fast forward nearly twenty years and I've hammered the shit outta this, one of the finest moments of 'filter house' (urgh) the world has ever seen. This Chaka Khan sampling beast has been played at 45rpm by DJ Funk, at -6 by Andi Handley and mixed into a variety of end-of-night melee's by Kickin' Pigeon. For me, it epitomizes the Roule sound, along with "Together" (DJ Falcon & Thomas Bangalter) - it's hypnotic, peaktime loops sending hordes of dancers spiraling into the speaker stacks as full on house music mosh pits erupt all over the shop. It deserves a place in every house music lover's home, and is surely crucial for anyone into the history of Daft Punk and French house. I can't actually believe we've never had this in the shop before; make a house a home and bag this aural essential now! 

          TRACK LISTING

          A. Music Sounds Better With You (Long Version - Re Cut From The Orignal Master)
          B. Exclusive Etched Design 

          Rob Mazurek - Exploding Star Orchestra

          Dimensional Stardust

          Commissioned by the Chicago Cultural Center in 2005 to assemble a group representing the diversity of the city’s avant-garde, Mazurek began composing for what became his Exploding Star Orchestra (ESO). Including musicians from the often-segregated North, South, and West sides, ESO debuted in the urban epicenter of Chicago’s Millennium Park and, shortly after, recorded We Are All From Somewhere Else (Thrill Jockey, 2007). By the time of Galactic Parables Vol. 1, ESO’s 2015 triple LP on Cuneiform Records, Mazurek reflected to Pop Matters that “Exploding Star Orchestra is the conceptual, compositional and philosophical center of all my work... a life star of musical and visual and ideas."

          In 2018 JazzFest Berlin invited Mazurek to present a new iteration of ESO. Meeting the commission with the boundless ambition characteristic of his approach, he imagined a jubilee of musicians – true to ESO’s essence in their widely diverse backgrounds and voices, but more tightly arranged than ever before. Mazurek’s debut was an ecstatic and wholly original program that marked a pinnacle in his distinction as a composer and conductor of Contemporary Music. When he returned to Chicago, International Anthem took the opportunity to capture these new ESO compositions with a cast of collaborators from their collective constellation of artists. In the studio between August 2019-March 2020, Mazurek channeled his arrangements through 11 musicians – Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, Joel Ross, Mikel Patrick Avery, Tomeka Reid, Chad Taylor, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Macie Stewart, Angelica Sanchez, and John Herndon – and commissioned his long-time collaborator Damon Locks to do lyrics and vocals. After 3 months of rigorous post-production, editing and assembly, Mazurek completed Dimensional Stardust.

          Somehow swirling adventurous elements of avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical into the most universal attractors of pop music, the cosmic opera of Dimensional Stardust is a pure spiritual extension of Exploding Star Orchestra’s unifying ethos, and a peak in the prolific creative career of Rob Mazurek.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Sun Core Tet (Parable 99)
          A2. A Wrinkle In Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling
          A3. Galaxy 1000
          A4. The Careening Prism Within (Parable 43)
          A5. Abstract Dark Energy (Parable 9)
          B1. Parable Of Inclusion
          B2. Dimensional Stardust (Parable 33)
          B3. Minerals Bionic Stereo
          B4. Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else)
          B5. Autumn Pleiades

          Stardust

          Music Sounds Better With You

            Where to begin? I was 13 when this first came out; and I distinctly remember the music video on MTV - in their space suits: Alan Braxe with his synth, middle its Benjamin Diamond the vocalist and on the right Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk fame. Anyway, being snotty nosed, punk obsessed teenagers, the track didn't really register on our radars at the time, mainly cos it was on MTV along with 'all that other mainstream nonsense'. Fast forward nearly twenty years and I've hammered the shit outta this, one of the finest moments of 'filter house' (urgh) the world has ever seen. This Chaka Khan sampling beast has been played at 45rpm by DJ Funk, at -6 by Andi Handley and mixed into a variety of end-of-night melee's by Kickin' Pigeon. For me, it epitomizes the Roule sound, along with "Together" (DJ Falcon & Thomas Bangalter) - it's hypnotic, peaktime loops sending hordes of dancers spiraling into the speaker stacks as full on house music mosh pits erupt all over the shop. It deserves a place in every house music lover's home, and is surely crucial for anyone into the history of Daft Punk and French house. I can't actually believe we've never had this in the shop before; make a house a home and bag this aural essential now! 

            TRACK LISTING

            A. Music Sounds Better With You
            B. Etched With Roulette Artwork (no Sound)

            David Bowie

            The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

              Originally released through RCA Victor on 6th June 1972, Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie’s fifth album, co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott. Incredibly, the album was written whilst Bowie was recording 1971’s Hunky Dory album, with recording beginning a couple of months before that album’s release. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London between 8th November 1971 and 4th February 1972, with the line up: Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals, string arrangements), Trevor Bolder (bass), Mick Woodmansey (drums), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and backing vocals on ‘It Ain’t Easy’ by Dana Gillespie. As well as performing vocals, Bowie also played acoustic guitar, saxophone and harpsichord on the album and was involved in the arrangements too.

              The album eventually peaked at #5 on the UK Album Chart on 22nd July having entered the chart at #15 on 1st July. Key to the album’s rise in the UK were the two TV performances of “Starman” on Granada TV’s Lift Off With Ayshea and nationally on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops. The album’s influence is immeasurable – it converted legions of fans, becoming the zeitgeist and a major influence on the next generation, particular those who were involved in the punk movement – musicians, artists, designers – and the subsequent re-birth of rock and pop.

              Famously Bowie killed Ziggy at his peak at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, on July 3rd, 1973, though Ziggy Stardust’s influence was to redefine popular culture forever: pop music was never the same again.


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