Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture

Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture

Infobox Album
Name = Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture
Type = soundtrack
Artist = David Bowie

Released = start date|1983|10 start date|2003|4|1|df=yes (2003 re-release)
Recorded = Hammersmith Odeon, London, start date|1973|7|3|df=yes
Genre = Soundtrack
Length = 69:31 83:33 (2003 re-release)
Label = RCA EMI/Virgin (2003 re-release)
Producer = David Bowie, Mike Moran, Tony Visconti (2003 re-release only)
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|2|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:8srn287c052a link]
*Allmusic Rating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gpfqxqyaldse link] (2003 re-release)
Last album = "Let's Dance" (1983)
This album = "Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture" (1983)
Next album = "Tonight" (1984)
Misc =Singles
Name = Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture
Type = soundtrack
Single 1 = White Light/White Heat
Single 1 date = start date|1983|11
Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = soundtrack

Lower caption = 30th Anniversary 2CD Set (2003)

"Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture" is a live album by David Bowie, corresponding to the film of the same name. The music was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on start date|1973|7|3|df=yes, although the album was not issued by RCA until 1983 (see 1983 in music). Prior to that it had existed in bootleg form, notably "His Masters Voice - Bowie and the Spiders From Mars' Last Stand". [Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). "Bowie: An Illustrated Record": p.116]

The album documents the final show which Bowie performed in his Ziggy Stardust persona. Just before the final track, he announces, "Not only is it the last show of the tour, but it's the last show that we'll ever do. Thank you." Many in the audience believed that "Bowie" himself was retiring. [David Buckley (1999). "Strange Fascination - David Bowie: The Definitive Story": p.191]

Production and release

D. A. Pennebaker filmed the concert and RCA recorded it with the intention of releasing a live album. However the project was shelved for several reasons, rumoured to include Bowie's desire to leave Ziggy behind, and the poor quality of the recordings. [Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Op Cit: p.65] Reasoning that RCA would most likely issue the material sooner or later regardless, Bowie and producer Tony Visconti mixed the recordings in 1981. This mix has been heavily criticised, although Visconti describes it as "more of a salvage job than an artistic endeavor" considering the state of the source material. [ [http://www.tonyvisconti.com/faq/bowie.htm "FAQ: David Bowie" at TonyVisconti.com] ]

The album was eventually released in October 1983 as a double LP soundtrack to Pennebaker's documentary. Partly due to the limitations of the LP record format, the release omitted, shortened or reordered several items from the original tapes. "White Light/White Heat" was issued as a single in November.


"Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture" has been released on CD twice to date, the first being on start date|1992|8|7|df=yes by Rykodisc and the second in April 2003 by EMI/Virgin being the album's "30th Anniversary 2CD Set", containing additional material, including introductions, spoken passages and the complete version of "The Width of a Circle"; "Changes" was also slotted into its correct position in the original concert's running order, following "Moonage Daydream".

In 2003, the soundtrack was re-released with a new Visconti mix, considered a significant improvement on the original.Nicholas Pegg (2000). "The Complete David Bowie": p.320] Almost the whole show was restored except for "The Jean Genie/Love Me Do" and "Round and Round" encore with Jeff Beck. The continued absence of Beck's sequence has been variously attributed to an issue over royalties or to the guitarist feeling, in Tony Visconti's words, that "he didn't fit in the film".

Track listing

All songs were written by David Bowie, except where noted.
#"Hang on to Yourself" – 2:55
#"Ziggy Stardust" – 3:09
#"Watch That Man" – 4:10
#"Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud" – 3:17
#"All the Young Dudes/Oh! You Pretty Things" – 3:18
#"Moonage Daydream" – 6:17
#"Space Oddity" – 4:49
#"My Death" (Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman) – 5:45
#"Cracked Actor" – 2:52
#"Time" – 5:12
# "Width of a Circle" – 9:35
#"Changes" – 3:35
#"Let's Spend the Night Together" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:09
#"Suffragette City" – 3:02
#"White Light/White Heat" (Lou Reed) – 4:06
#"Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 4:20

30th Anniversary 2CD Set (2003) track listing

Disc 1

#"Intro" (incorporating Beethoven's Ninth Symphony arranged and performed by Wendy Carlos) (Ludwig van Beethoven) – 1:06
#"Hang on to Yourself" – 2:55
#"Ziggy Stardust" – 3:19
#"Watch That Man" – 4:14
#"Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud" – 3:15
#"All the Young Dudes" – 1:38
#"Oh! You Pretty Things" – 1:46
#"Moonage Daydream" – 6:25
#"Changes" – 3:36
#"Space Oddity" – 5:05
#"My Death" (Brel, Shuman) – 7:23

Disc 2

#"Intro" (incorporating "William Tell" Overture) (Gioacchino Rossini) – 1:02
#"Cracked Actor" – 3:03
#"Time" – 5:31
#"The Width of a Circle" – 15:45
#"Let's Spend the Night Together" (Jagger, Richards) – 3:02
#"Suffragette City" – 4:32
#"White Light/White Heat" (Reed) – 4:01
#"Farewell Speech" – 0:39
#"Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 5:19


*David Bowieguitar, vocals, saxophone, harmonica
*Mick Ronsonlead guitar, bass, vocals
*Trevor Bolderbass
*Mick Woodmanseydrums
*Mike Garsonpiano, Mellotron, organ
*Ken Fordham – alto, tenor, baritone saxophone
*John Hutchinson – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
*Brian Wilshaw – tenor saxophone, flute
*Geoffrey MacCormack – backing vocals, percussion

Technical personnel

*David Bowie, Mike Moran – live recording production and mixing
*Ken Scott – recording engineer
*David Bowie, Tony Visconti, Bruce Tergeson – 2003 remixing




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