To celebrate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s seminal work, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Parlophone Records is releasing two special-edition vinyl releases – a half-speed master on black vinyl, and a picture disc featuring the same master and a replica promotional poster. The album features Bowie hits such as “Starman,” “Ziggy Stardust,” and “Suffragette City,” and is widely considered to be Bowie’s breakthrough album.
In conjunction with the anniversary releases, Parlophone has put out a previously unreleased recording of “Starman,” which was recorded for Top of the Pops. The new release, mixed by album co-producer Ken Scott, takes the backing track and backing vocals recorded for Top of the Pops and adds the lead vocals from the album, which were tracked at Trident Studios in February 1972. The track also features Bowie’s one-off “Hey Brown Cow” ad-lib recorded for the show.
The vinyl special editions are set to release tomorrow, June 17, 50 years and one day after the album’s original release. The late Bowie is also set to receive the film treatment in the form of Moonage Daydream, a Brett Morgen-directed documentary set for release this September. The documentary was sanctioned by the late artist’s estate and compiles half a century’s worth of material from Bowie’s archives, including drawings, records, films, journals, personal footage and even previously unseen performances.