Offered for sale is a still sealed clear vinyl U.S. pressing of Blackstar by David Bowie, including a set of three bonus lithographs.
The lithographs were offered at an additional price at the time of purchase. The U.S. pressings were limited to 5000 copies and sold through Barnes and Noble booksellers.
About this copy: This copy of Blackstar is a 2016 on the ISO Records label.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes. There is a hype sticker on the wrap that indicates that the album is pressed on 180 gram clear vinyl and is a Barnes and Noble exclusive.
There is a 1 1/2″ (4 cm) split in the top of the cover, but not in the wrap.
The three lithographs are M- and have no rips, tears, or holes. They will be packaged rolled in the original mailing tube.
A nice copy of a rare David Bowie LP and the only copy we’ve had for sale.
Background: Released in January 2016, Blackstar was the 25th and final studio album by David Bowie.
The album was released in various editions, with clear vinyl pressings being limited to some 5000 copies. Some, but not all, clear vinyl copies were accompanied by 1-3 lithographs.
As the album was released only three days before Bowie’s death, the album sold out immediately upon the news.
The album reached #1 on the charts in at least ten different countries.
Unlike its predecessor, 2013’s The Next Day, Blackstar doesn’t carry the burden of ushering a new era in Bowie’s career. … For all its odd twists, the album proceeds logically, unfolding with stately purpose and sustaining a dark, glassy shimmer. It is music for the dead of night but not moments of desolation; it’s created for the moment when reflection can’t be avoided. Fittingly, the music itself is suspended in time, sometimes recalling the hard urban gloss of ’70s prog — Bowie’s work, yes, but also Roxy Music and, especially, the Scott Walker of Nite Flights — and sometimes evoking the drum’n’bass dabbling of the ’90s incarnation of the Thin White Duke, sounds that can still suggest a coming future, but in the context of this album these flourishes are the foundation of a persistent present. This comfort with the now is the most striking thing about Blackstar: it is the sound of a restless artist feeling utterly at ease not only within his own skin and fate but within his own time.
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