1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

725. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… – David Bowie

Brief Background: Much of Ziggy Stardust was recorded in 1971 before Hunky Dory, the remainder was recorded in early 1972 and released in July of that year. Songs such as “Rebel Rebel” released on later Bowie albums have a part in the Ziggy story.

What I think: I’ve always been a Bowie singles guy and never much got into him until lately. It didn’t have anything to do with his death in January, but more as part of this project and understanding a lot of the glam and art rock coming out at this time. It’s a shame that I didn’t discover this album earlier, but sometimes these things have a right time and place.

The album starts with the amazing “Five Years” that gets you hooked right from the start. “Moonage Daydream” comes a couple songs later and then leads one of my recent favorites “Starman”, which seems to be stuck in my head all the time lately. Things continue to roll until you get to one of the best groups of three songs ever put on an album. “Hang On to Yourself” could have been a T. Rex song and just has that amazing cool to it. “Ziggy Stardust” has Mick Ronson’s stellar glam guitar sound at max level and finally “Suffragette City” which is three minutes of hyper boogie rock. Finishing things off is “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” which finishes the album with the same intensity felt at the start with “Five Years”.

Ultimately, my favorite thing about this album is that it is only 38 minutes is an intense experiance from start to finish. Bowie could have easily added more great songs to it and pushed it to a double album, but this streamlined and quick experience is completley engrossing and never lets your attention waiver.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? One of the best ever… no choice on this one.

Rating (Out of 5): 5

Ziggy Stardust Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5

Is this my first time hearing this album? No (64/277)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%


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