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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

David Bowie

1972

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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

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4.29

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3910

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5

Motha fucking classic. Best I've listened to do far, one of my favorites of all time. When this popped up I was celebrating. 5 years may be the best opening to an album ever and probably my favorite song. Moonage daydream and starman will be classics forever. It's just perfect. Everything sounds top, mixing is great, will play this on repeat. Most underrated song is rock-'n'-roll suicide, 8/8.

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5

Bowie is the four B's of my early childhood musical education along with The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Beethoven. I feel like he's been with me all along during when I have felt a part of humanity or alienated from it. Fortunately, music has always been an amazing way to bridge the gap between those two worlds for me. Favorite line: My brain hurt like a warehouse It had no room to spare I had to cram so many things To store everything in there And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people I never thought I'd need so many people

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5

Always a pleasure to listen to this. The generator will have to get up pretty early in the morning to find a better opener/closer combo than Five Years and Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide. And then there’s Moonage Daydream, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Starman… Let all the children boogie, I say.

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5

10/10 bruh this shit vibey good ass Bowie shit. FIVE YEARS !!!!!

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5

Probably my all time favourite album. This is the 7 star Dubai Hotel of albums, why can I only give it five? Five Years, great way to start the album, building to a climax. Soul Love, Moonage Daydream and Starman are a great glam rock trio with amazing guitar work from Mick Ronson on Moonage. It Ain't Easy, just ok but a good middle point of the album before an amazing ballad in Lady Stardust, possibly foreshadowing Bowie's later foray into Plastic Soul. Star and Hang On To Yourself are interchangeable but good. Title Track and Suffragette also a couple of bangers before ending on a sombre note with Rock and Roll Suicide. Best album there is, great flow and I think I've shown that long, pointless album reviews are possible here.

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5

10/10. Duh.

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5

FINALLY! Holy heck is this a great album, and now I can see what people get out of David Bowie. Always knew it was me. It's like every favorite track I've ever had from Bowie just happens to be on this record. Favorite tracks: "Starman", "Moonage Daydream", "Five Years"

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5

Simply the best album that exists, I'll die on this hill. Please kill me.

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5

Bowie is going to get a few 5s along the way. And this is the first one. Is there really anything I can say that hasn't been said already? He's a genius and this is evidence.

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5

Talk about a nice 2 day stretch of records. Under his eye. Praise be. Blessed be the fruit.

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5

This is a perfect glam-rock opera that highlights David Bowie's incredible talent for lyrical economy, packing as much feeling, soul, and hype into simple verses like no one else can. Five Years swells with heartfelt loss, pity, that if you aren't paying attention, you'll lose a tear. Soul Love transitions to a hope, and continues to Moonage Daydream that's light and innocent like newfound love. The entire saga of Ziggy Stardust transitions masterfully from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs, with the hardest lessons being that losing control isn't out of reach for even the most saintly of us. The album is experienced best when it's start-to-finish, but every track stands on its own, especially rock-and-roll anthem Suffragette City and it's pithy aside WHAM BAM THANK YOU, MA'AM. You just couldn't ask for a better album from a better artist.

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Described as a rock opera and a loose concept album, Ziggy Stardust concerns Bowie's titular alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a fictional androgynous, bisexual rock star who is sent to Earth as a savior before an impending apocalyptic disaster. Influences for the character were English singer Vince Taylor, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy and Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto. Most of the album's concept was developed after the songs were recorded. The character was retained for the subsequent Ziggy Stardust Tour. A concert film of the same name, directed by D. A. Pennebaker, was filmed in July 1973 and released in 1979, and a live album from the same show followed in 1983. The music on Ziggy Stardust has been characterised as glam rock and proto-punk. Unlike its predecessor Hunky Dory, which was generally piano-led, the songs on Ziggy Stardust are primarily guitar-based, mostly due to the departure of keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The songs were influenced by Iggy Pop of the Stooges, Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground, and Marc Bolan of T. Rex. The album's lyrics discuss the artificiality of rock music, political issues, drug use, sexual orientation and stardom. Bowie also uses American slang and pronunciations throughout. The album cover, photographed by Brian Ward in monochrome and recoloured by Terry Pastor, was taken at 23 Heddon Street in London, outside the home of furriers "K. West". The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars is about a bisexual alien rock superstar named Ziggy Stardust.[38][39] Ziggy Stardust was not conceived as a concept album and much of the story was written after the album was recorded.[40][41] The characters were androgynous. Mick Woodmansey, said the clothes they had worn had "femininity and sheer outrageousness", and that the characters' looks "definitely appealed to our rebellious artistic instincts".[42] Nenad Georgievski of All About Jazz said the record was presented with "high-heeled boots, multicolored dresses, extravagant makeup and outrageous sexuality".[43] Bowie had already developed an androgynous appearance, which was approved by critics, but received mixed reactions from audiences.[44] His love of acting led his total immersion in the characters he created for his music. After acting the same role over an extended period, it became impossible for him to separate Ziggy Stardust from his own offstage character. Bowie said that Ziggy "wouldn't leave me alone for years. That was when it all started to go sour ... My whole personality was affected. It became very dangerous. I really did have doubts about my sanity."[45] Fearing that Ziggy would define his career, Bowie quickly developed the persona of Aladdin Sane in his subsequent album. Unlike Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane was far less optimistic, instead engaging in aggressive sexual activities and heavy drugs.[46] In the album's story, the Earth is saved by the rock n' roll messiah, Ziggy Stardust, with only five years to survive. He wins the hearts of teens, scares parents, seduces everyone in his path, and eventually dies a victim of his own fame. According to Bowie, he "takes himself up to the incredible spiritual heights and is kept alive by his disciples". During the song "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide", the infinites (extraterrestrials) arrive, and tear Ziggy Stardust to pieces on stage.

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5

Two things: 1. Never noticed how this album sounds like if Lou Reed produced the Beatles' White Album. 2. Some of the slang on this record is hilarious, but I love it. It really evokes a particular time and place in pop culture, which reminds me of slang used in hip hop music and how you can place the music based on the language being used. Anyway, this album is a classic and holds up really well.

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4

It sucks that I can’t do these a day in advance anymore, it means that crazy days like today cause me to rush these things. But I did listen today’s album! I liked it more than I thought I would. It started off a little too avant-garde for me but quickly settled down into just a good early 70’s rock album. This generator apparently has 9 Bowie albums on it, so I’ll definitely get another chance to talk more about him another day My enjoyment: 4/5 Did it belong: 5/5

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I remember an essay by a music critic in 1974 that set fourth a chronological listing of the great pioneers in rock: (1) Elvis Presley; (2) Bob Dylan; (3) John Lennon; and (4) David Bowie. Well, that may be how it looked to some folks at the time, but even then I thought Bowie didn’t belong on that list. Still don’t. This album is unquestionably innovative and well crafted, but it doesn’t stand the test of time. For a nice “pop vs. pop” comparison, listen to Bowie’s version of Ron Davies’ “It Ain’t Easy” and the version by Three Dog Night. 3/5

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5

It’s up there with the Berlin years.

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5

It does not overstay its welcome and has a great variety of sounds, ranging from slow and sweet to fast and rocking. I don't think there are any duds on this album.

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5

Quite simply the standard-bearing LP of glam rock. It was my first Bowie, and my perspective is forever tainted, but I doubt it will ever stop contending for a top spot in my all-time albums. Each time I listen to the full record, I'm blown away by the amount of musical material developed: This feels longer than it is in the good way. This time, though, I was struck by the sparse environment in which we start. Granted, it's only a minute and a half and then we're fully in Ziggy's world.

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5

Hey man, my favorite Bowie album

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5

Great album!

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5

My favourite Bowie

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5

Ahaha Ziggy Stardust is so sexy

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5

I love every songs on this album

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5

One of the best album of David actually

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5

One of my favorite albums. Great songs with overarching theme.

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5

Grade-A classic. Five Years, Starman, Teenage Daydream...

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5

An album where I knew the singles but never had heard the album all the way through. Now I can see why its a classic; it sounds like the call of the early 70s.

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5

4.7

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5

Wonderful. Epic.

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5

This album is a classic for a reason, and David Bowie deserves every ounce of fame he ever received. He reinvented himself completely for 1 album. He's the man.

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5

Easy 5 star. Great concept, great songs, very significant historically, has spawned many incredible covers...this is a true all timer. I always love a good rock opera

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5

Mother fucking Bowie! I’d heard the hits off this album before, but even the songs I hadn’t heard were amazing. Listening to this album I felt like I’d been born in the wrong musical era.

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5

Perfect I'd say! And stuck in my head days later in a good way.

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5

Brilliant album, have been listening since 2001 or so when I bought it on CD

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5

Awesome

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5

9

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5

One of the top 5 albums of all time. Easy 5 stars.

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5

Great. Classic Bowie. Great intro into Ziggy

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5

very good will listen again

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5

Still a great listen.

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5

made me happy thank you dave

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5

Amazing. Glam rock concept madness that gels together perfectly.

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5

I mean... it's Ziggy Stardust. C'mon.

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5

Such a great concept album, probably my favorite Bowie album. Got into it after Phish covered it for a Halloween show, but now I often will put it on to give it a full listen. Every song is a highlight.

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5

Love this album. Was great to return to it!

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5

Jeez

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5

Never heard many of these, loved all

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5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgqiSBxvdws https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auAGPN_keDs

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5

👍👍👍

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5

A near flawless record for me.

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5

Loved it. Probably going into my regular album rotation for the next couple months if not longer. 10

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5

Liet me weer zoeken naar achtergrond en andere nummers van Bowie.

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5

Discazo. I finally understand everything that it's said about David Bowie

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5

I'm not always that into Bowie, but I think this album was a 10. Had a fun concept that was tied into a good amount, Starmanis a classic, and there were no songs that felt particularly weak.

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5

This is a top tier Bowie album in my opinion

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5

Great album. Classic.

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5

Favorite tracks: 1. Starman (obvi) 2. Lady Stardust 3. Ziggy Stardust (obvi) 4. Rock'n'Roll Suicide Bowie is a fuckin' legend. Great album.

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5

Sounded great and incredibly fun. Gotta give the space album a 10

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5

i've been itching for a concept album and this one hits. tons of fantastic tracks and a cool, ridiculous, loose rock opera story line. 10/10

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5

Not bad for a pop star of the time.

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5

Great album

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5

I’m not a massive Bowie-guy and never listened to this album start to finish, but really pleased I now have. Don’t love all the tracks but Starman and Moonage Daydream are brilliant and those alone elevate this album above many others. Still don’t totally get why Bowie is SUCH a national treasure. Clearly has a lot to do with his androgynous, impossible to put-in-a-box, alter-ego which allows many to find escapism and vicariously live out fantasies through him.

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5

Uno de mis discos preferidos, un par de veces al año siempre lo escucho.

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5

Piece of ART

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5

There's a staaaarrmannnn waiting in the sky!

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5

Classic. No fat whatsoever.

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5

By creating an artificial character Bowie discovered his own truth.

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5

Belter

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5

El disco que más he escuchado de Bowie y el primero que me enganchó. Son todo temazos, ni un solo pero, prácticamente perfecto.

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5

This is the best album in the history of the world.

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5

A hella good album and one of the most legendary from Bowie, a lotta songs I listened to already and more that I will listen to now.

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5

Every song was great. I dont know why havent listened to it before

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5

One of my absolutely top favourite albums. Got so many complex memories and people such as Norma and Phil March.

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5

Superb, loved it.

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but we already knew that

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5

Un discazo donde los haya. Bowie en estado puro. Destacables yo diría que absolutamente todas. Sólo cuando esto sucede un álbum se merece las 5 estrellas.

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5

1. 5 yrs - kinda the wall Roger Waters vibe 2. idk 3. viibee slightly lz but its really cool 4. ok ive just listened to intro and i love it 5.bangeer 6. gimme soulmate to listen to that drinking wine 7. stimmdancee 8. nóżka chodzi 9. aaaaaaa absolute banger 10. aaaa 11. ill listen to that looking at stars

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5

I tend to prefer Bowie’s weirder late 70s stuff, but this album is undeniable

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5

I FORGOT TO DSVE WHAT I HAD SAID IM GNNA DIE. You were really liked opeining tho. Not doing it for this one fuck that Really good album i love it sm Final Thoughts: 5 out of 5

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5

Really great. Five Years is one of the best songs ever

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5

Sí es un muy buen álbum, con canciones icónicas

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5

5 Stars

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5

My favorite David Bowie album Not a single skip

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5

SO GOOD

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5

Five Years/Starman/Ziggy Stardust

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5

Extravagant, theatrical, melodic, amazing. One of the greatest albums I've heard, love it!

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5

Hay algo que no se haya dicho de este álbum? Lo dudo mucho Un sólido 10/10, obra maestra

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cool! I think I know most of this album anyway. I might even have it somewhere. five years: I guess i've listened to the Seu Jorge version, but actually this (remastered 2012 version) is much better! - but maybe a little slow in the middle. soul love: moonage daydream: I like this, but the middle horn-y bit is a bit annoying. starman: great it ain't easy: perhaps a bit weaker than some others. Lady Stardust: good Star: good Hang On to Yourself: chugg chug Ziggy Stardust: Obviously pretty amazing. Suffragette City: quite like it Rock 'n' Roll Suicide: very much like it The tracks are all a bit more jazz-y than I remember. I went for 5, but tempted by 4.

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5

Perfect. I love this album so much. A masterpiece.

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5

What a rock n roll record sound sounds like. Cool songs, weird sounds, some butt-shaking rhythms, and an engaging character to build it all around. Ziggy is one kick-ass record.

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5

I mean its one of Bowie's best.

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5

I wish every album on this site was as breathtaking as this one.

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5

Bowie at his most accessible. This is a great rock record! "Starman" and "Ziggy Stardust" are karaoke staples. Even the B sides were great. Fave track - "Suffragette City" this time around, I think, but "Five Years" and "Moonage Daydream" were contenders too!

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5

Transformative.

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5

Great music

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5

Classic glam rock. Great album

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5

5.0 + In my top 10.

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5

Didn't think I was a big Bowie fan. I want to give this album a 4, just because of Bowie, but after listening to it, I totally see why it's so great. I listened to it twice, because I couldn't believe my ears. It's really that great.

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5

If this isn’t a five star album then I don’t know what is

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5

Ziggy is out of this world

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5

one of my favorite albums ever. the thematic experience and overall musical quality make this a must listen for anyone who truly appreciates music

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5

One of my all time favourite album!

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5

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

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5

Я очень рада, что этот альбом оказался первым! И очень рада, что наконец послушала его полностью! Он звучит великолепно, все эти гармонии, сочетания, переходы, гитары, трубы и скрипки, голос Боуи и тексты - это потрясающе! Сейчас 2:35 ночи, надеюсь завтра днём еще раз переслушать полностью, многие песни сразу отметила, очень много крутых моментов.

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5

Love this album.

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5

My favourite Bowie album! (At least so far) Just an awesome LP of songs from start to finish. The album has a biggest vibe to it and Bowie is at the peak of his powers

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5

This is a masterpice from bowie, one of the most iconic albums in history, this album is perfect. 5/5

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5

First track kicks ass. Wam bam thank you ma’am

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5

I’ll need to give this one another listen. I was reading at the same time.

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5

Obviously classic Bowie. Top 3 Bowie album for me. 9-10/10 1. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide 2. Starman 3. Star

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5

Still and always.

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5

Not a bad song on there. Not my favourite Bowie but still incredible

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5

Amazing album. Legendary Bowie.

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5

I do love a concept album and this one delivers on so many levels. The more I read about Bowie the more interesting the music becomes. Only listened to this a handful of times before but will be listening to more often now

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5

I should read the lyric more.

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5

This one is so familiar and so good that I didn’t have to listen to it in order to rate it, but I played it anyways. Consistently excellent throughout, with no filler. One of the all time greatest albums IMO

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5

I don’t know what to say about this LP that already hasn’t been said. One of the things I just read was that most of the songs were written/recorded at the same time as Hunky Dory, which makes sense because side 1 sounds like it could have come from Hunky Dory and the bookends of the side 2 power chord trio (Hang on to Yourself >Suffragette City) sound a lot like to Queen Bitch, from HD. Ziggy Stardust always seemed like a stepping stone from his more acoustic, piano-based phase to a more electric one. The presence of Mick Ronson is front and center, as is the absence of Rick Wakeman. I think I still prefer HD but this is pretty great too.

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5

This is Bowie at his best. It's not only my favourite Bowie album but also my favourite album overall. (OK before we're done with 1001 I might say that about another album or two but no more.) Bowie wrote an excellent batch of songs. This album is all about the vocals. Bowie's ability to sing sets this album apart from the pack. Five Years is an amazing song and a beast vocally. I like how the different vocal tracks talk to each other. Soul Love has Bowie doing a sax solo. I think he played sax on the Serious Moonlight tour but I can't remember which song. Since Rick Wakeman checked out of this album, Ronson was able to show his stuff and he shines -  particularly his solos at the end of Moonage Daydream. He really knows how to make a raunchy sound and make the notes hang until almost distorted.  Many albums with a string side 1 start tailing off by the middle of side 2? Not this bad boy. The best songs might be the last three on Side 2.  If we didn't know better we might think that verse one and verse two of Ziggy Stardust were sung by two different singers. He doesn't change key or anything; he just sings like two different singers. Two different and excellent singers. A  version of this song with the vocals isolated is easy to find on the internet. Apparently Bowie laid these lyrics down in one take. In the fade of R&R Suicide it's  clever how the lead vocals sing "You're not alone" while the back up vocals sing "Wonderful' and then the  lead vocals finally come around and also sing "Wonderful" What an ending to a fabulous album.

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5

Боуи Блин

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5

Already knew this well. Not much more to say than this is an unequivocal classic. Obvious five stars.

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5

Perfection

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5

22nd October 2021 Listened on my phone while working from home on Friday. Just magic. Bowie is transformative and transportative (if that's a word).

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5

A true classic, timeless, innovative and still relevant. Defined this era for Bowie and the yardstick to measure his other works by. Musically diverse and full of hits and hidden gems. Top tracks: Suffragette City, Ziggy Stardust, Star, Starman

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5

Was a bit hesitant about rating it a 5, I mean, it’s not my favorite Bowie but good damn it is a stone cold classic!

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5

I am really loving the chance to visit these Bowie albums in their entirety. I can't believe how great they are. I love so many of his songs, but these albums are spectacular. This one might have the best "closing act" I've ever heard: Ziggy into Suffragette City and then finishes with Rock n Roll Suicide. Just awesome!

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5

This was actually a strong album from start to finish. Lots of great songs. 9/10.

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5

fuck yeah, man. i don't think i've ever sat down and listened to this whole album all the way through. obviously i'd heard the big tracks, but definitely not some of the others. it's hard to overstate the admiration i have for the man's talent. he truly never got old, even when he was making music i didn't much care for.

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5

Great album. Highlights include the trippy Moonage Daydream, the joyful Starman, Ziggy Stardust, the raucous Suffragette City and the emotional Rock 'n' Roll Suicide.

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5

There isn’t anything I can really say about this album that hasn’t been said. I listen to Ziggy Stardust all the time. I can listen to it all day, every day, and it still moves me. I can’t say that about very many albums. I always say I don't have a favorite album but come on, does it get any better than this? I think technically, David Bowie probably made “better” albums than Ziggy Stardust. He didn't peak here. He produced plenty of smart, musically adventurous albums in the years that followed. But. This. Is. The. Album. This is the one. Of all of his works, I feel this is the most perfectly realized work. It's absolutely his most accessible album, which doesn’t sacrifice his art one bit. Front to back, every song is perfectly crafted and perfectly placed. There is no filler and there is no chaff. The concept aspect of the album is subtle but clever, apparently devised after many of the songs had already been written. You don’t need to be aware of it to enjoy the songs, which are all exceptional on their own. But if you consider the songs as a narrative, it’s even more enjoyable. Musically, the songs are gorgeously arranged, a joy to listen to. The songs range from dreamy and soulful to glammy and sexy without skipping a note. Mick Ronson’s guitar and string arrangements are masterful. “Suffragette City” and “Ziggy Stardust” are the classic rock mainstays, but it’s the deep tracks that give this album its substance. Fave Songs (all songs, ranked most to least favorite): Rock 'n' Roll Suicide, Moonage Daydream, Five Years, Starman, Soul Love, Suffragette City, Lady Stardust, Ziggy Stardust, Star, Hang on to Yourself, It Ain't Easy

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5

favorites: 5 years, starman

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Gut

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5

No skips.

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5

Objectively? Maybe Bowie's best album. I know that's saying a lot, given his ouvre, but hear me out: many of his great albums need a specific mindset to enjoy; I wouldn't feel like I could on something like Blackstar, Low, "Heroes," Station to Station, or even Young Americans all willy nilly. The only other excellent records of his that I could are Hunky Dory and Let's Dance, and this is better than both of those. Ergo, it's his best record.

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5

Legendary character and inventive genius by David Bowie on full display.

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5

Man i love this album so much one of my new favorites

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5

Top 5 fave albums of all time!!

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5

I would consider this David Bowie's career-defining masterpiece. When I think of the different phases and musical styles of Bowie's career, I keep coming back to the trio of albums, Hunky Dory, Ziggy and Aladdin Sane recorded with his outstanding band, The Spiders From Mars. All these records are essential and Ziggy is up there with the classic albums of the 70's.

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5

A great album. Many well known songs. There isn't a weak song on the album. I have heard the album before and will listen to it again.

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5

The great songs on this album are enough to buoy up the other stuff.

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5

Absolutely the best David's album!

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5

Bowie at his best. Great album

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5

Rating: 10/10

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5

Excellent

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5

Topalbum die over de hele lijn goed opbouwt. Startend met iets meer piano-gebaseerde nummers, en iets meer gitaar naar het einde toe

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5

Classic glam rock with uber catchy melodies and style

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5

this album is insane fun. enough said.

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5

Driver mi je otkrio Bowiea sa Suffragette Cityem and I never looked back.

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5

Well, this should be easy. Daleko u top 3 njegova albuma. Nema se šta govoriti, a i nevjerovatan je čovjek (legenda) kad je mogao predvidjeti legendu - znak iznad njega. Svaka mu čast na tome. Back to the topic. Stvarno odličan album, čekam da ga uzmem na vinylu, jednom mi je uteko iz dirty-a prije nego što sam došao u ZG, ali idući puta čim bude, nabavlja se. Pjesme poput: Five Years, Moonage Daydream, Starman, Star, Suffragette City...ostat će vječne pjesme kao i on sam.

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5

Savršen album od prve do zadnje pjesme i meni njegov najdraži. S 15 godina sam prvi put čula pjesmu "Starman" i krenula ga slusat, a to se poklapalo s mojim periodom di me nitko ne razumije i svijet je protiv mene jer imam prištiće i masnu kosu. Ali eto bar je David bio uz mene i to cijenim.

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5

Not great quality. Brilliant though.

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5

I first gave this a listen later in life, but was then unable to stop for a few weeks after. Really the epitome of what a concept album should be: diverse, high-quality songs all the way through, plenty of virtuosity in all departments, and incredibly unique.

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5

Wham bam. Oiskohan helpoin arvosana tähän asti. Bowien musa iskenyt aina kovaa ja tämä kaverin top3-levyjä. Tuntuu, että levyn intensiivisyys ei häviä minnekään, vaikka kuinka yrittää kuluttaa puhki. Virtuoosimaista, tunnerikasta tykitystä alusta loppuun. Rokkari vailla vertaa.

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5

This is such a classic and brings me right back to my teens when I loved this kind of classic rock, especially when it was kind of experimental.

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5

10/10 como cualquier cosa creada por este hombre del bien. cada canción es mejor que la anterior y en cada tema podemos ver por qué este es un álbum tan famoso. mis canciones favoritas fueron: five years, ziggy stardust, lady stardust y rock 'n' roll suicide (que me parece la canción más malditamente infravalorada de todo el álbum)

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5

Pretty much THE Bowie album, the man has produced a lot of great music but this is his crowning achievement. A fun concept album, definitely worth a spot on this list, lots of great hits and none of the songs really drag here. Just a wacky guy singing about space.

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5

In the 6/5 club

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5

Top notch. Absolutely classics in here with Moonage Daydream being a personal favorite.

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5

This is one of the very best Bowie joints ever. It's a remarkably tight and smart album. Every track is enjoyable and engaging. Bowie as Ziggy is lightyears ahead of his time and this album stands up as a remarkable even 50 years later.

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5

So we had a Bowie album earlier and I gave it an analytical 4. And even though, no, I have never listened to any of his albums, I was super excited to listen to this one when I saw it and the track listing. Suffragette City, Moonage Daydream, Starman, and my favorite Ziggy they're all here (channeling my inner Principal Skinner). Really getting spoiled with this list recently. Incredible album. Bowie shows some deft acoustic guitar playing (Starman, Rock N Roll Suicide) and Ronson is amazing on the electric guitar (the main riff on the title track is one of the greatest of all time). Bowie's great songwriting skills are on full display especially his lyrics (Soul Love, It Ain't Easy were some highlights for me). I will say that for a concept rock opera album, the pieces don't always connect in a linear or coherent way, but the themes are all there. And the whole effort is masterful. Every listen the album gets better and better.

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5

I think I heard a lot of the songs from this album from different concerts ("Stage", in particular). It's amazing how many great songs are on this album, and they vary so much in style, too... things like "Ziggy Stardust" and "Suffragette City." But even deeper cuts like "Starman" and "Five Years" (which really aren't that much deeper when you think about it) vary in style. People talk about the short shelf life of prog rock, but when it was in big heyday in the early 70s it was something to behold. Glam rock was the same, and T-Rex and this album in particular. The true test of an album is its "re-listenability". I listened to it, and wanted to listen to it again right away. Definitely tells you something about the addictiveness and how much those songs become earworms in your head. "Five Years" for me really sticks with me for a long time. Maybe it was because I first heard it on "Stage" and it was so intriguing, but just... man, I feel like listening to it again right now. Great, great album.

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5

Pô, o Bowie era maravilhoso né

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5.0

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5

Troche bylo trzeba czekac, ale czlowiek sie doczekal osmego pojawienia sie pana Bowiego na liscie, dodatkowo z jednym z moich ulubionych krazkow, a jesli last fm nie klamie takze najbardziej osluchany, ale jakich innych sie spodziewac, jesli juz tyle sie przewinelo i jak tak mysle, to sadze, ze jeszcze maksymalnie dwa da sie upchnac, chyba najbardziej rokowo punkowy krazek w dyskografii Bowiego i poczatek Ziggowej persony, nagrany w pomiedzy 71 a 72 i wydany w tym samym roku, no i ostatni nagrany na wyspach przed wyruszeniem na podboj hameryki z aladdinem, ciezko sie doszukiwac czegos nowego gdy juz tyle razy sie slyszalo plyte, wiec zadnych zaskoczen nie bylo, album na ktorym gitarkowo Bowie jest najlepszy w swojej karierze, moze ze wzgledu na to ze jest to jedyny instrument jakiego dytyka, reszta zajmuja sie tytulowe spidery z marsa, wiec taki prywatny bend z ktorym David bedzie colabowal na kolejnych krazkach, w sklad ktorego wchodza przedewszystkim Mick Ronson na elektrykach i klawiszach, robiacy takze za backujace wokale, ktore sa tak nieinwazyjnie podane, a jednak robia to cos, Trevor Bolder na basie i Mick Woodmansey drumujacy, najlepszy sklad backujacy Davida, tak autentycznie rokowego brzmienia ciezko sie doszukac na innych jego krazkach, niby nie jest to konceptowy album, ale piosenki lirycznie tak sie uzupelniaja, ze razem tworza historie majaca rece i nogi opowiadajca o lepperskim mesjaszu Ziggim, ktoremu zostalo powierzone zadanie uratowania swiata, ale boski tylek i skillsy gitarkowe tak podbily mu ego, ze musial je wyruchac, w wyniku czego fani go pozarli i spajdery musialy rozwiazac benda, piekna opowiesc zamknieta na 38 minutach i jedenastu trakach, pewnie na hunkowej dory pisalem, ze w tym okresie pan David mial najlepsze wokale, jeszcze niewyniszczone przez dawanie po kablach, polaczone z, jak na tamte czasy, ambitnie rewolucyjnymi technikami efektami jak echa i przestery z moonage daydreama tworza wspaniala uczte dla uszu, wiec moze jakos odkrywczy ten odsluch nie byl, ale dobrze sobie przypomniec tak klasyczne albumy, jak tak teraz slucham to juz wiem jakiego kawalka mi zabraklo na lazarusie, z pewnoscia byl to starman, ktorego wrecz slysze jako good ending spektaklu, ale tak samo dobrze moglby byc openingiem, no i co do samej postaci ziggiego, to przynajmniej dowiedzialem sie na kim byl bazowany, byl to podobno Vince Taylor, ktory mial tak zbazowane zalamanie nerwowe, poprzedzone alkoholizacja narkotyzacja i religizacja, ze uwazal sie za czyms pomiedzy bogiem a aljenem, czyli istny ziggy, dodatowo sama ksywka alter ego Bowiego z tego krazka moze nawiazywac do Iggiego Popa i pewnie x sluchalnych muzykow tamtego okresu, bo co jak co Bowie zawsze czerpal inspiracje z tego co akurat dzialo sie w okol niego zarowno w spoleczenstwie jak i w branzy muzykowej, mocarna baza, ciezko dodac cos na plejke z tak osluchanej plyty, ktora juz i tak znajduje sie w bibliteczce, ale znajde jeszcze miejsce dla suffragette city

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5

alligator / space invader

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He’s an alligator. He said so.

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5

A stone cold classic. No weak points at all. Pure brilliance.

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5

How have I never listened to this?! What's wrong with me? This album is amazing.

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5

Don't need to listen! Lived with it most of my life! Mick Ronson deserved more credit for his contribution to this tremendous album.

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5

You know, Ziggy Stardust is not all that different to the album that precedes it, i.e. Hunky Dory. After all, most of the songs on both albums were recorded at the same time, the major differences being the overarching Ziggy concept/story (albeit a bit loose at times) and the mystique of the Ziggy Stardust character, which make this album more immediately accessible than Hunky Dory. That’s it…oh and Ziggy rocks a little bit harder than its predecessor. It’s an excellent album, with an immense legacy, that has stood (and continues to stand) the test of time.

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5

Are there many other albums as perfect as this?

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5

Bloody love this.

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5

Sólo por Starman un 5

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5

Rock de Bowie. Con Starman. Vinilo.

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5

I love this album so much. Best track: Starman

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5

Incredible, beautiful, everything a rock album should be. Moments of youth and freedom and light and noise and possibility frozen smiling in amber. I listened to it twice in a row. It's newer now than ever, and has always been here, close. More gushing is possible. What I didn't notice before was the debt Hotel California owed to Moonage Daydream, or the echoes of Lady Stardust in Young Americans. Just perfect. Hurry up tomorrow, I want to give this five stars.

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5

Would give this six or even seven stars, just one of the greatest albums ever written. No skips

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5

Brilliant.

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5

A top 10 rock album for me. Musically it’s a perfect cocktail of a lot of my tastes: Beatles-esque pop mixed with hard rock, psychedelic vibes, punk riffs and big drama. It’s a loose concept album about the rise and fall of a self-obsessed rock star (I think)* and the sequencing of the album has such a great emotional sweep to it. The melodies are so catchy, the hooks are big and Bowie is a hell of a performer. “Moonage Daydream” is a personal favorite and “Five Years” kills me every time. But every song is great - truly an album with no filler. *Wikipedia explains that Ziggy Stardust is an alien who becomes a self-obsessed rock star, so I was close. 👽😁

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5

Actually the K. West means that Bowie was his John the Baptist.

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5

Maybe my favourite Bowie album?

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5

It’s perfect. If this one doesn’t get five stars, none of them do.

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5

Ah Ziggy. Imagine knowing the hits from the album but not knowing the joys of Moonahe Daydream screaming into your earlugs. Perfect justification for why albums are greater than greatest hits

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5

Obvious, flat-out five-stars, this album is the fucking best.

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5

One of my all time favourite albums. Can't listen to the last song loud enough.

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5

A classic from start to finish - perhaps the only bad thing is the familiarity of all the songs as I have heard it so much that my 'go to' Bowie albums are either from 75-80 or from 93 onwards. I will never tire of hearing Five Years, Suffragette City, Moonage Daydream, Starman and Ziggy.

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5

Absolutely Timeless. Not my fave from Bowie, but it is so damn consistent and strong.

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5

Yup, absolutely lived up to the hype. This list is turning me into a Bowie fan for sure. I still think Heroes is my favorite, but this is a very close second.

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5

gave this album a spin since i have it on vinyl, still blows me away years after i first got it.

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5

One of my favorite albums. Every time I listen to it I like it more. I don't have much more to say. It is amazing.

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5

I think this is the first album we've listened to that, for me, suffers from being made so long ago and being so influential. I feel like if I had heard this for the first time in 1972 when it was released, it would have absolutely blown my mind. But people have been making music inspired by Bowie for 50+ years at this point, so none of this felt particularly "new" to me, even though it surely was at the time. I still think the album was very very enjoyable to listen to, worth 5 stars, and I will likely listen to it again since I'm a sucker for concept albums, but I think this will be in the lower tier of 5 star ratings for me.

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5

I loved it. It's just fun with some nice messaging sprinkled in.

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5

Is this the first appearance of Kanye West? Albeit just as a street sign? This is a transformational album. Astonishing. And a star that was willing to be different from the dozens of stars that were climbing the charts at the time. That was great.

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5

Fantastic piece of music. Wow.

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more stars are needed, please

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5

David Bowie has to be my favourite of those classic super popular musicians this review is very positive so to balance it out I will say that hunky dory is the superior Bowie work but this album still deserves classic status and this is why… Five years has to be one of the best openers ever, fine it doesn’t have any big instrumental build up at the start, but it does have a slow but great build up on the verses then the outro which acts like an extended chorus at the end. Soul love is the kind of song I think of when I think David Bowie an amazing pop rock song, great guitars, great lyrics, great chorus and a well done outro. I love the use of the electric guitar in Moonage Daydream, the instrumental break also works really well with the song and that outro oh my very, very good. Starman has to be the most iconic Bowie song it’s just such a well done song main highlights here are the chorus the small instrumental break before the chorus and basically anything to do with this iconic songs chorus. The verses aren’t as good as the chorus but they’re still great. It ain’t easy feels like a much needed comedown from the first four songs while still retaining that Bowie magic, great to close off side one. Lady stardust isn’t one of my favourites on here but it’s got some piano work and works well as being a second opener for side two. Star is a good song for sure its very enjoyable the main song is very fast paced only for my favourite part that outro. Hang on to yourself is the album’s weakest point but it still provides good time entertainment and like any Bowie song the instrumental work us so good. The intro of Ziggy stardust is great and the song tells the story that’s kinda been hidden by the great music we’ve been getting the changing chorus is really good ( man Bowie knows how to make a chorus). Suffragette city is a good song but that intro with the heavier guitars has ti be my favourite bit. The repeated “ hey man’s” Would probably be made really annoying by a lesser artist but they work in this tune and the subtler piano works makes this song so special. Rock and roll suicide is everything you want from a closer a good slower song that builds up to make this such a satisfying closer to such a classic album.

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The songwriting is more basic than on Hunky Dory, but it is still great

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5

Five Years Soul Love Moonage Daydream Starman Star Ziggy Stardust Suffragette City Rock n roll suicide ... que dire. Le plus grand artiste de tous le temps qui sort son meilleur album? 5 étoiles en or massif

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5

Phenomenal. One of, if not the best of Bowie's albums. Certainly the best of that phase/sound.

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5

FIVE STARS An all-time classic and a personal favorite of mine. As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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5

One of the first albums that turned me onto music. It's not perfect (I'd probably go 4.5) but the highs are stratospheric

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5

Alladin Sane puis Ziggy Stardust dans la même semaine = complot??? Prefs: TOUT Moins pref: RIEN

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5

This is definitely my favorite Bowie album that I've gotten so far (the first two were Blackstar and Heroes, which I didn't particularly care for), but this one is so good. I loved it.

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Hi ha uns quants discos als quals les 5 estrelles se'ls hi queden curtes. Aquest és un d'ells. Onze petites joies d'orfebreria, simplement perfectes, que costa creure hagin estat ideades per algú d'aquest planeta

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What a masterful work. Bowie would go on to do so much more musically but this remains, in my opinion, his most accessible, enjoyable, and accomplished work. 'Starman' is one of the greatest songs ever written; 'Five Years', 'Moonage Daydream', 'Ziggy Stardust', and 'Suffragette City' are never far from classic rock radio for good reason. 'Rock 'N' Roll Suicide' is one of my all-time favourite album closers, with its muted acoustic intro transitioning into the bombastic finale of Bowie passionately imploring "Gimme your hands cause you're wonderful". Yeah, this is one hell of an album. They don't write them like this anymore.

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5

Tellement bon, un chef d’oeuvre.5

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5

A superb album. One of my favourites.

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Mon meilleur Bowie. C'est authentique. Ce personnage de Ziggy lui a permis de se démarquer des autres artistes. Le mélange de pop avec le rock et le mélange des instruments rocks avec les guitares acoustiques et le piano sont des éléments caractéristiques de cet album. Plusieurs succès sortent de cet album. Five Years, Moonage Daydream, Starman, Ziggy Stardust et Suffragette City sont toutes des chansons à connaître de Bowie. Suffragette City est la meilleure chanson rock de Bowie.

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5

of course very cool

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5

what can you say ... a total genius at the absolute height of his powers.

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5

Such a great album. Could listen many times on repeat without getting tired of it!

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5

If there's one thing that doing this 1001 albums thing has done for me, it's make me appreciate the genius of David Bowie. I've always liked David Bowie, but never really gone deep into his music. In fact, I had never listened to this album start to finish. Simply brilliant. 5 stars.

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5

Rock de Bowie. Con Starman. Vinilo.

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Destined to be one of the Top Ten highest rated albums on this site. If this list were limited to only one album per artist, you'd have a hard time arguing that this album shouldn't be the one to represent Bowie. Fitting this came up on the FIVE YEAR anniversary of the day I met my wife. Five Years is my favorite Bowie song - Today. Next week, it could be Suffragette City. Or maybe Moonage Daydream. Then it'll probably be Five Years again. Five Years is the Bowie song I never tire of, which makes it the perfect "Side 1, Track 1". We may never fully grasp the impact this album continues to have. I mean, Garth Brooks apparently listened and thought, "...Chris Gaines! Soul Patch!", then committed to an alter ego designed to reach a pop audience. Of course, Chris Gaines was no Ziggy Stardust. No one was or ever will be.

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bowie nowhere near as space gay as i remember

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Classssic

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pretty good

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4

A classic of course

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4

Mais um grande álbum de Bowie

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4

Surprised how much I enjoyed it

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4

Great album. As usual, Bowie isn't always my cup of tea. This album has plenty of goodness going for it though, so it falls into my 4 star range.

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UUU Boy! Never was one for David Bowie, but as of late I'm really getting into his stuff. Ziggy Stardust for me is top Bowie, but then again I haven't yet listened to his other stuff. But this album was a really cool mix of rock and weird rock. Starman, C'mon, that shit is awesome!

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Was good

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Nice album! Starman is a classic and a favorite of mine, but also very nice opener and many other good songs.

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4

Just good music

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Classic

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4

Great easy listening, and a ton of absolute classics! I'm glad to have listened through this, and I grabbed a song for my playlist.

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4

I mean, Bowie... it's good...

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4

ZIGGY PLAYYYEED GUITARRRR

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I mean it’s David Bowie come on 4.5

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Those last few tracks are just amazing. I always forget how much I love this album.

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The weirdest artist in popular music. A true one-of-a-kind and someone we'll never see again. Just legendary.

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Ziggy played guitar

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Great overall sound, this album has some very well known and used songs. Highly recommended for a good listen, but the first two songs may require two or more listens.

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9/10

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tremenditiritillo

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love Bowie

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4

Deliciously refreshing. My favorite Bowie.

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Classic

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Hay canciones muy buenas, clásicos de 5 estrellas como Starman o Star. Con Bowie tengo el problema que he escuchado muchas de sus canciones famosas pero no sus discos, así que no sé en cuales están y aunque conozco las portadas confundo el contenido. En cualquier caso, David Bowie en su conjunto merece formar parte del Olimpo de la música moderna. Además de las 2 canciones mencionadas yo destacaría "Moonage Daydream" y "Ziggy Stardust".

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sempre estarrrrrr laaaa e ver ele voltar nao era mais o mesmo mas estava em seu lugar

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Topp

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Definitely the best of the Bowie albums we've had so far.

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4

Good but not my jam

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Mad props for the influence and legacy. Heard Blur and Supergrass all the way through, two of my fave bands. I enjoyed the music more than I thought I would, some Bowie bangers on here too. Wouldn't be in a mega rush to hear it again but scoring highly for the respect. 8/10

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You're out of this world and we miss you, Mister Bowie. Could really have used your spirit this past year. Thanks for gifting us all these lasting pieces of you.

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4

A classic album with a huge influence. Some great tunes on here too..however not my favourite Bowie album. But it was good to put this album on and try to appreciate it for what it is.

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4

Some great classic Bowie tracks 4*

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Bowie really knows how to frame an album, making it theatrical without making it too campy. Each song is good, but when compiled together it makes an album greater than the sum of it's parts. And it's all under 40 minutes! One of the greatest albums of all time is actually pretty digestible; who knew? Anyway, I can see why this is considered the GOAT album but I don't love it like a lot of others do. It's great, don't get me wrong, but a 5-star album's gotta feel special!

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4

Classic, enjoyed

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Magífico, de los mejores discos de David Bowie

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4

Another classic

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4

not bad

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Ah, a total classic! Favourite track: "Ziggy Stardust"

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4

Solid bob album

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Pretty good

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Every song on this album is CRACKIN’!

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This absolute beast of an album opens with, 'Five Years' - an epically cathartic anthem featuring that unmistakable Bowie scream. From that bold opening, it doesn't diminish. The pace is maintained throughout, with classics ('Starman'), bangers ('It Ain't Easy') and all out rock n roll ('Suffragette City'). This record is dripping with fierce guitar hooks and now-legendary riffs ('Ziggy Stardust'); the cry of the Gibson SG heard throughout. Mick Ronson's finest moment. Not a bad one for Dave, either. Wham, bam, thank you mam.

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AGUANTE EL PITY, AGUANTE INTOXICADOS

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I could listen to this over and over again. It's one of my favorite records, and Bowie is one of my favorite artists. The story told on this record is wonderful and heartbreaking. 4.5*

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4

Loved it.

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A classsic album which showcases some of the brillance of Bowie. Hard to give it anything other than high priase

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4

Solid. Has some good ones

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Classic.

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mr starman does it again!

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Good. I prefer other music, though. There was nothing that made me get really involved. Can understand the appeal.

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Geht öde los, und dann kommt völlig unvermittelt Starman und man ist mit Bowies teilweise unerträglichen Idiosynkrasien wieder versöhnt. Wird dann ok bis gut.

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Me gustó mucho ya q solo había escuchado a conciencia starman, y el disco me ha sorprendido para bien. BT: Five Years (1) Soul love (2) Starman (4) Hang on To Yourself (8) Ziggy Stardust (9)

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Very good!

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Behoorlijk goed. Had ik niet verwacht want ik heb niet zoveel met Bowie.

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Love David Bowie. Te gek album. Vooral Starman, Ziggy Stardust en Suffragette City springen eruit.

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Mooi album, ooit gekocht vanwege Moonage daydream. Moddervette cover gemaakt door Zen Guerilla (voor de liefhebbers)..

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4

It’s good; don’t get me wrong.

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4

Great album. Definitely one I enjoyed listening to

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big bucks for starman. as an album i dont think i am in

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Nice space-y Bowie, with only a few songs I've heard before. Soaring choruses, far-out lyrics, and of course, letting the kids boogie.

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3.5

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V good

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Top Tracks: Five Years, Moonage Daydream, Starman, Ziggy Stardust. Start of the album is a little stronger than the second half for me, but man what an awesome album overall. Good closer in Rock'n'Roll Suicide as well.

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4.13 It's Bowie what's not to like?

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A really fun and wonderfull journey, that Ziggy tells us!

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So many classics! Great album.

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Favorite songs: Ziggy Stardust and Moonage Daydream

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9/10

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Splendid. K. West

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An LP that manages to build whole worlds out of nothing but some sparse arrangements and a healthy dollop of personality. While Bowie plays fast and loose with the actual narrative structure here, near every song thrums with a life, ego, and damnably catchy melody of its own.

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Soul love & Moonage daydream stand out. Feel like they have really interesting instrument use Very dramatic Starman is also really fun!!! Definitely feel like I'm appreciating the album more in full, rather than single songs I don't like it ain't easy's intro, but when it gets to the chorus it slaps??? Lady stardust kinda meh (too repetive and what's repetitive isn't particularly interesting) Loving the piano in star Really dig the classic rock n roll feel of "hang on to yourself" Sufragettr City slaps!! Rock n roll suicide feels like a bit of a hard break (in terms of style) compared to the songs before it, but I can vibe with it

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Lol tää hukkas mun notesit. 4/5 ei muuta sanottavaa enää

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En oo juurikaan kuunnellu Bowieta, mutta tää oli kyllä tosi hyvä ensikuuntelemalla. Tarttuvat melodiat ja korkeelentonen konseptimeininki kelpaa. Voi olla että enemällä kuuntelulla vois olla jopa 5/5.

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Boom! Joo tää on näitä ns peruspilareita jonka päälle taiderokki ja alteregopohjainen rokkiteatteri rakentuu. Jos tätä levyy ei olis niin kyllähän koko rakennelma olis killissä ku kapitalistin sielu ja valuis suoraan palavana romuna aurinkoon tai mereen. Hiton siistii on että vaikka osaan joku 6/10 tän levyn biisest about ulkoo, tää silti yllättää ja noi hieman unohtuneetkin biisit on jotenki megaherkullisii ja jotenkin vaan vitu-hyvää-muzaa... Kivaa myös se että tää paranee ja paranee ja paranee loppua kohti

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This is very 80s, very Bowie. He's one of those rockstars that you have to know, simply because of his outfits, and other technical bits about his music that I don't know about because I'm not music educated. Sorry. The famous songs are Ziggy Stardust, obviously, and Moonage Daydream, but I liked getting to know the other songs, even if I didn't quite understand what they mean. An overall consistent sound that has its place in the Hall of Rock.

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4

About what I expected from Bowie

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excellent early bowie. so many great songs on this album

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Really fun album. Starman and Moonage Daydream back to back is an amazing 1/2 punch. Not sure it is as great cover to cover as a few other Bowie albums. 4/5

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A really good album some good songs but for me not quite perfect

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Was really good. The songs flowed so well with one another effortlessly.

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The first time I heard this, some 30 years ago, I didn't understand. I had seen it on another essential records book, had seen a vinyl copy for real cheap, and bought it. I was in Italy at the time.  Although I brought back to Montreal most of my physical music, this record didn't make it; I just wasn't able to find it, as my parents too had moved around a bit during the years.  Then, with the streaming services and the such, I heard it again. What a fabulous album this is! I don't think I can add anything new to all that was already said both about Bowie and this album, other than it wasn't immediate for me, and if you listen to it for the first time and, like myself, find yourself not "getting" it, all I can suggest is that you patiently stick with it, it takes work but it is a really rewarding work. 

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First off, one of the best titles for an album of all time. Songs back it up too!

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Great, but not greatest.

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I really dig it

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Compelling rock, evoking themes reminiscent of an HG Wells novel

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Pros: - WOW what an opener. Love the performances, love the production. - Most of the songs are quite good with elements to like from each track. Cons: Misc: - Another artist i have not fully listened to. Haven't heard a full album through, and ashamed to say I've probably only heard around 10 songs of his.

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Such a delight! I love how one song can sound like a Led Zepplelin jam, followed by a Beatles pop tune, and then a stomp n clap soul track, all with the same dreamy space concept.

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This is the 2nd Bowie album I've listened to from start to finish (the other being his first). It was pretty good and I know this album is rated super high, but it's a 4.5/5 stars for me. Maybe it'll grow on me over time as I become more of a fan, but it's just not quite there for me.

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Want a weird album that is fun and just rocks? Listening I felt like my 6 year old dancing in the kitchen when no one is watching. Doesn't matter if the moves are good, just feel it. If you are looking for perfect pop gems, this isn't your album. If you want something that grabs you and is just beyond your reach of understanding why... this is your home. A younger, teenage version of myself wouldn't get it. Bowie's voice, the twang of the guitars, the general sound are rough and unkempt. But it isn't dirty. It isn't without discipline. It's magical and magic is strange.

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Great album. Everyone knows this one.

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Fantastic!

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I'd heard most of Bowie's hits but never listened to an album straight through. Did not disappoint! Standout tracks: "Five Years" and "Suffragette City"

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I'M AN ALLIGATORRRRRRR No but really what a fun album.

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Classic for a reason. I don't - at all - like this era of music. However Bowie is a class above, inventing so others can follow.

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Muito bom, 4/5

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4.5

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good album, enjoyed it a lot.

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I’ve always liked Bowie but this is the first time I listened to an album of his from start to finish and it made me appreciate how well the entire album was done.

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A proper good album.

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C’est excellent cet album.

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Love it

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It was interesting. Not something that I will probably a lot, but interesting.

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Spotify. Fave song “Suffragette City” 3.5

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I respect Bowie. But I don't really like his music all too much.

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This is one of those albums that I try with every few years but never seem to get. Despite its chronological proximity to Hunky Dory, an album I absolutely love, this one has never really grabbed me. There is nothing wrong with this album, but it sounds dated compared to Hunky Dory, which has a really timeless feel. Part of the issue, I think, is the lack of classic songs. This album has a very coherent feel, it sounds good, but when I listen to it, I keep waiting for a song to really draw me in, but I don't think this really occurs until Suffragette City, which is nearly 2/3 of the way through the album. The album is consistently good, and I feel like I "got" it better than I have in the past, I just don't understand why this album gets held up as THE early Bowie album. It's good but not great.

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Ok album. A couple of great songs. The rest were alright.

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good writing and guitar, but just no jams

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Groovy album. Loved Ziggy

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I had not listend to this album before. I liked it. The best song to me was Starman.

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I think I like the idea of Bowie way more than his music.

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It was pretty good. I think it's a case where the sum of all parts are greater than an individual song.

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Great album, not really my style.

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classic bowie, great title and fun little concept album

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Disco que marca el estilo musical característico de David Bowie, aún así y salvo un par de canciones, tiende a ser repetitivo y cansino haciéndote pensar que quizá está tan bien valorado porque el título del disco es largo y raro.

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Beautiful! I’ve never listened to a full Bowie album, just the greatest hits. Why don’t more people do concept albums?

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One to save and come back to as not sure exactly if it resonates still with me? Feels quite dated, but there’s also a couple of great songs (and probably more if I give it more time)

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Inte hans bästa, kändes lite meh, 3/5 skulle jag säga

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If I'm purely rating this off first listen, which I guess is the point of this, it gets a 3.5. Would probably get better upon more listens, but it didn't really excite me first time round, there are Bowie albums I enjoyed more. I think perhaps my expectations were too high going into this...

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Думаю, что Боуи мне не заходит так сильно, как мог бы лишь потому, что я ищу в музыке больше структуры и повторяемости, а он все же человек искусства.

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David Bowie had almost no singing range, but consistently insisted on shooting outside of what little he did have. When he doesn't do so here, you can kinda listen to it. But that all added up together makes up like 3.5 tracks out of the 14 on the album. But that stuff still feels like filler. Everything else here is fatally flawed trash with wretch inducing vocals. As an album with less than an EP's worth of material, this shouldn't exist. But then the paradoxically awesome Ziggy Stardust does somehow manage to legitimize its existence.

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Some good songs here but appears less cohesive as a concept than when I first heard it a multitude of 5 years ago.

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Classic and experimental.

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Just ok

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Decent. I know most of them despite never listening to this album before. Maybe the lore around it is more interesting than the album itself?

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It's fine. Bowie not my bag though.

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Deze fase uit Bowie's carrière vind ik tof. Beetje theatraal maar nog aan de goede en geloofwaardige kant allemaal.

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I see why people enjoy this but it's not for me

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I know it is a classic, but this was my first time really listening to it. 3/5

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Hey man...

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Best Song: Ziggy Stardust. Might be worth it just for the line "Making love with his ego". Worst Song: It Ain't Easy. Not bad, just forgettable. Overall: Very theatrical. Certainly one of the albums on this list that feels most cohesive as a single concept.

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Enjoyed this. Nothing else!!

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Clássico, reconheço, mas não me identifiquei muito, com exceção de Starman e Rock 'N Roll Suicide.

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Nice to hear a full album again

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Not as good as it thinks it is

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3.5

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This is David Bowie's fifth album. It is a glam rock piece that is also loosely a rock opera concept album based on Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The story goes that Ziggy is a rock star sent to Earth to be a savior before the apocalypse, but falls from grace due to his own ego. This album was praised highly at release and charted high too. Most consider this album to be Bowie's breakthrough. Not based on musical prowess (which is still great), but the album had the biggest cultural impact. To date, this album has sold about 7.5 million copies worldwide and is Bowie's second best-selling album. I loved the music on this album and the fact that the songs went together to form the Ziggy Stardust story. This album has to be a rock cornerstone of the 70's, and I do agree it's one of David Bowie's best albums.

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You can tell this album has a lot of musical talent within it. I'm not a musician or a critic so I can't appreciate it as much as someone with an ear for that but it was fun to listen to.

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Good songs, played well, by an obviously very talented artist. It does nothing for me, I never fell into the Bowie fandom as so many did. There's no real reason for it, he just isn't for me.

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Bowie is one of those where I see the influence he has but just don’t particularly enjoy him

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Hmm - I struggle with Bowie - best i can say good background music

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This is a “time machine” album: I wish I could go back and hear it brand new, before “David Bowie” fully existed. I feel like I missed the good party.

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Is this the best David Bowie album? I kinda hope not, because if it is, then I'm definitely not much of a Bowie fan. I don't know what to say, I think I was looking forward to this one since I've heard so much, but damn David Bowie just isn't that engaging or exciting to me. A couple songs I liked, but it's just not doing much for me overall. He's the most represented artist on this list, and we've had a few by now but nothing blowing me away. I'm starting to doubt that'll ever happen. Favorite tracks: Moonage Daydream, Suffragette City. Album art: The famous cover that predicted Kanye West, a much better artist. I hope someone reads me saying this and gets mad. 3/5

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Is that a sign for Kanye West above the starman? It's been a while since our last Bowie album, maybe since the first day. But when you've got moonage daydream and starman on here, this is a great one. Still isn't turning me into a huge Bowie fan but I'm learning to appreciate him more.

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Listened to this album several times and keep wanting to resonate with it, but overall it doesn't happen. That said, I've had Moonage Daydream stuck in my head for days! 3.5

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Yeah quite enjoyed this some quite interesting songs and some bangers like starman. It was gentle, aqward and weird but in a good way.

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High energy. Key songs: Starman, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragete City

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Not my cup of tea lol

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Nice album, good listening.

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I know Bowie is cool but I remain ignorant

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Bit all over the place, recued by ziggy stardust and suffragette city

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Opening track is not the way to turn me onto Bowie Starman is good Has a palette and pace I do not enjoy Suffragette City is good

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This story felt like it needed to be a longer album. I liked it and some of the songs I listen to every now and then.

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It's not a popular opinion, but I reckon I could happily live my life without Bowie's music. There's a couple of decent tracks on this album - literally a couple - in Starman and Ziggy Stardust. Five years is an absolute chore and almost had me skipping. I understand his influence and his talent, but his music just isn't for me. Not actively unpleasant (Five years excepting) but by no means something I'll go out of my way to listen to again.

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Only two tracks really stick out for me, the timeless 'Starman' and 'Suffragette City'. The rest is ok-ish but sometimes the arrangements plod or outstay their welcome. I own this on CD and rarely play it and a listen today has sadly reminded me why.

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Garbage

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didn’t really care for it tbh

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