Offered for sale is a limited edition half speed mastered pressing of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars by David Bowie, issued in the early 1980s by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
About this copy: This copy of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars is a limited edition half-speed mastered audiophile pressing, issued by Mobile Fidelity in about 1982.
The cover is VG++, just missing M- as it has traces of wear at the edges and corners. The posterboard stiffener and original paper inserts are included.
The disc is M- and appears to have had little play.
A nice copy of an iconic album.
Background: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was David Bowie’s fifth studio album, and it’s the album that made him a superstar.
The album reached #5 in the UK and #21 in the U.S., where it was certified gold by the RIAA.
Borrowing heavily from Marc Bolan’s glam rock and the future shock of A Clockwork Orange, David Bowie reached back to the heavy rock of The Man Who Sold the World for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Constructed as a loose concept album about an androgynous alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust, the story falls apart quickly, yet Bowie’s fractured, paranoid lyrics are evocative of a decadent, decaying future, and the music echoes an apocalyptic, nuclear dread. … Bowie succeeds not in spite of his pretensions but because of them, and Ziggy Stardust — familiar in structure, but alien in performance — is the first time his vision and execution met in such a grand, sweeping fashion.
You can listen to “Suffragette City” here:
Every title ever issued by Mobile Fidelity is collectible in its own right; their pressings from 1978 through 1989 were pressed in Japan by JVC on their proprietary Super Vinyl, an exceptionally resilient, dead-quiet vinyl compound, with later issues pressed in the U.S. by RTI on 200 gram vinyl. These records were mastered at half speed; both the tape and the cutting lathe were run at half the normal speed, allowing the cutting head to cut a more accurate groove in the acetate. The finished product featured dead-quiet vinyl, with improved dynamics, better imaging, and tighter bass. By their very nature, all of Mobile Fidelity’s titles were limited-edition pressings, and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was limited to an unknown quantity of numbered copies.
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