Hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time (and recently as 'the album that killed the 60s') Ziggy Stardust is undoubtedly one of Bowie's most creative and wonderful albums ever. It's quite easy to find this album on any and all charts of the "greatest albums" ever released. It's usually at the top of the list.
Released in June 1972, it gave Bowie a great new character, Ziggy Stardust, and it also gave fans a wider chance to get more interested in Bowie. With a line-up of fabulous musicians, the Ziggy Stardust tour was the first and last Ziggy tour, ending at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973, however, it is considered as one of the greatest outbreaks of the 70s.
Produced by Ken Scott and David Bowie, this album fit right in the era, bewildering all.
All songs were composed by Bowie except for 'It Ain't Easy', which was composed by Ron Davies.
John, I'm Only Dancing
Of this song, there are three versions. This bonus track is the first version and was recorded at Trident Studios in June of 1972.
The second, possibly 'sax' version was cut in January 1973 and there was a small debate about a position for it on the 'Aladdin Sane' LP, however, it was then just released as a single in April 1973. This version was described as a 'Sax Mix' and was included on the first 1, 000 pressings of the 'ChangesOneBowie' compilation (in 1976).
The third version was cut in 1974 and released in 1979 (John, I'm Only Dancing Again) which was released as a Bonus Track on 'Young Americans'.
This was originally titled 'He's A Goldmine'. It was officially released in 1975 and was the B-side of the re-released 'Space Oddity'.
There's not much information on this song yet except that it was another previously unreleased track recorded in 1972.
Ziggy Stardust / Lady Stardust
These last two bonus tracks on the album are original demo versions of the songs.
David Bowie (vocals and guitar)
Mick Ronson (guitar)
Trevor Bolder (bass)
Mick Woodmansey (drums)
RCA SF 8287 (UK) RCA LSP 4702 (USA)
Re-releasedon Rykodisc CD: RCD 10134
UK Chart: #5 [172 weeks]
US Chart: #75