British music daily New Musical Express (NME) reports that David Bowie’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is getting a special 50th-anniversary re-release.
The album turns 50 in June and to celebrate, it was announced that a special edition of the record from 1972 will be released via Parlophone Records on June 17.
Ziggy Stardust will be issued as a limited edition 50th anniversary half-speed mastered LP and a picture disk, featuring the same master, and a replica promotional poster for the album.
A press release added: “This new pressing…was cut on a customized late Neumann VMS80 lathe with fully recapped electronics from 192kHz restored masters of the original Trident Studios master tapes, with no additional processing on transfer. The half-speed was cut by John Webber at AIR Studios.”
It described the work as “the breakthrough album that catapulted David Bowie into the international spotlight” and says the album “has remained a touchstone record, growing in stature with each passing year.”
Recently, details of the forthcoming Bowie film Moonage Daydream – the first to receive official approval from the late star’s estate – was revealed.
Bowie’s estate has confirmed those details and the film’s title (lifted from Bowie’s 1972 Ziggy Stardust track of the same name). The estate has also revealed that Moonage Daydream – described as a feature film, concert documentary, and “experiential cinematic odyssey” – is nearing completion.