On this date in 1972- 45 years ago today- David Bowie released what would become his most famous album and the album that really established Bowie as a big star “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.”
The album was a concept album about a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust. The album received critical acclaim at the time of release and has since appeared on many of the ‘greatest albums ever lists”- Rolling Stone ranked it as the 35th greatest album ever, Q had it at #41. Time Magazine said it was one of the 100 greatest albums ever.
A number of great songs on this album-ones that stand out to me are “Starman”, “Five Years”, “Moonage Daydream”, “Suffragette City” and “Rock and Roll Suicide” I didnt hear the album until the late 1970’s- it was the first Bowie I ever purchased. I admit I didn’t really care for it at first but on repeated listens it sunk it.
The reaction to David Bowie’s death last year has kind of surprised me. I didn’t at the time realize what a big impact he had made on so many people. The other day I was in a bookstore and counted 8 books on Bowie that have come out after his death – and I am sure I have seen other new books on him since his death that the store didn’t have at the time. Since his passing I have listened to his catalog of music a couple times and have come away with a new respect for his work. Sure he had his share of flops but anyone who has had a long career does but the successes are blinding. Did anyone make better albums in the 1970’s than David Bowie? There are those who claim that his album-his most famous- isn’t even his best.
I’d like to give a shout out to another blog- Dr. Rock’s Blog and Roll- where among other things he posts on a weekly basis albums that were released on that date this is where i have seen the anniversaries of a few recent albums/anniversary’s i’ve blogged about. https://drrockblog.wordpress.com/