Listened to David Bowie's - Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust - this afternoon in hopes of sinking into a good work groove to meet a 3:00pm deadline... this proved to be partially effective. I sometimes find myself stopping in mid-routine to jot down an observation I can include in my daily write ups.
Today was no different... I started the album and then got around to thinking if I could list any other Track 1, Side A's that could top the song Five Years. I couldn't think of any and I think about this kinda shit all the time... I then started to put together a shortlist of other great Track 1's, Side A's for a future Late Night Conversations and freaked out when I managed to lose 15 minutes because I simply can't be trusted to have headphones and internet connection when work has to be completed.
I can't truly say enough about this David Bowie album... it's one of my favorite conceptual albums and I'm surprised by how well it's held up 40+ years after its release.
For the uninitiated, Ziggy Stardust is a bi-sexual rock star who visits earth 5 years before its demise. I'd tell you more, but I haven't brushed up on the details of this album in a while... I'm pretty sure that he dies of rock n' roll excess.
One of the best things about this album is the amazing guitar work from Mick Ronson. A lot of people will point to the amazing guitar riffs on Ziggy Stardust. I however really love chord arrangements on Hang On to Your Self - seeing how the Ramones made a fucking career aping it.
Mick later went on to lay tracks for Lou Reed on the album Transformer, then penned the guitar riff for "Jack and Diane" for John Cougar Mellencamp. Lastly he manned the knobs as the producer of my favorite Morrissey solo album - Your Arsenal.
Stand out tracks:
- David Bowie – Five Years - 2012 - Remaster
- David Bowie – Starman - 2012 - Remaster
- David Bowie – Soul Love - 2012 - Remaster
- David Bowie – Hang On to Yourself - 2012 - Remaster
- David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust - 2012 - Remaster
- David Bowie – Suffragette City - 2012 - Remaster (the guitar work on this is also incendiary)
Artists: David Bowie
Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars
Producer: David Bowie, Ken Scott
Recorded: Trident Studios