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Five Years Box album 4: Ziggy Stardust

on August 10, 2015

 

“Became the special man”

 

This week we’re looking at 1972’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars album, ahead of the release of the David Bowie (Five Years 1969 – 1973) box set (due September 25th).

In January 1972 it seems BW was the first photographer to capture for eternity the beautiful creature we know as Ziggy Stardust.

Whether that BW was Brian Ward with his iconic Ziggy Stardust album sleeve session in Heddon Street or Barrie Wentzell’s pictures for Melody Maker, we’re not quite sure.

Either way, the Melody Maker piece (cover date January 22nd) was the

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Fame is number one on UK vinyl chart

on August 10, 2015

 

“Fame, makes a man take things over”

 

Congratulations are due to David Bowie on the news that the 40th anniversary picture disc of Fame (released July 24), has gone to #1 on the latest UK Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40.

Having entered the chart at #2 last week, steady sales have meant the limited edition has now taken the top spot.

Fame was David Bowie’s very first #1 single when it topped the American Billboard Hot 100 during the week of 20 September 1975.

It seems Bowie fans are on a soul trip right now, with the following three bits of plastic in the Top Thirty:

 

#01 FAME

#21

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Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under film at MIFF

on August 08, 2015

 

“Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight...“

 

Tomorrow (Sunday) sees the Australian big screen premiere of Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under (a film by Ed Gibbs and Rubika Shah), at the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).

This follows the film’s premiere at the 65th Berlinale earlier this year.

See the Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under Facebook page, for further info.

We’ll leave you with the synopsis.

 

The remarkable, forgotten story behind David Bowie's biggest-ever hit record – and how an unlikely journey deep into the Australian outback led to its unprecedented success.

An

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Space Oddity on Chris Hadfield's debut album

on August 07, 2015

 

“I'm just the space cadet...he's the commander“

 

Canadian Astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield's debut album, Space Sessions - Songs From A Tin Can, is scheduled for launch on Friday October 9th, 2015 and it includes his world-famous rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity as a bonus track.

Space Sessions - Songs From A Tin Can is apparently the first album recorded entirely in space, or at least it is as far as we are aware. Hadfield recorded the 12-song collection while serving as commander of the International Space Station during Expedition 34/35, which ran from December 2012 to May 2013.

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Alternative Ziggy Stardust sleeve revealed

on August 05, 2015

 

“...gaze a while down the old street“

 

For those of you that follow our Instagram page, you may have noticed that we’ve been teasing Parlophone’s rather nice alternative Ziggy Stardust cover, pictured here in its full glory.

The artwork features an alternative Brian Ward shot from the original Ziggy sleeve session in London’s Heddon Street and it has been coloured in the style of Terry Pastor’s original colour scheme.

The sleeve houses Ken Scott’s 2003 mix of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (previously only available with the Limited Edition 40th Anniversary

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