“It can all but break your heart in pieces”
Originally issued as a single on March 6 1970, The Prettiest Star is forty three today.
Released as a follow-up single to Space Oddity (after London Bye Ta Ta had been considered and decided against), The Prettiest Star featured Marc Bolan on a nervous lead guitar solo and was produced by Tony Visconti.
Despite a clutch of great reviews, the single was largely ignored. However, the song was resurrected in 1973, when it was re-recorded and given a bit of extra shine by The Spiders From Mars for the Aladdin Sane album.
This later version featured Mick Ronson's delicious, note-for-note, recreation of Bolan‘s original guitar part, but with that untouchable Ronson sound.
Both versions of this beautifully tender song have their appeal and it's lovely to hear the fragile 23-year-old Bowie blossom into the confident superstar of 1973.
Pictured here is the Italian picture sleeve courtesy of the insanely addictive bowie-singles.com.