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03 May 2024

Listen To Alternative Version Of David Bowie’s ‘Lady Stardust’ from ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’ Boxset

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Photo: The David Bowie Archive/Brian Ward
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Parlophone Records has shared Lady Stardust (Alternative Version – Take 1), the second track to be taken from David Bowie Rock ‘N’ Roll Star!: a 5CD and 1 Blu-Ray Audio set. The boxset explores David Bowie’s journey from February 1971 through the creation of Ziggy Stardust, and the recording of the iconic The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars album. You can check the alternative version of Lady Stardust out below.

Pre-order David Bowie: Rock ‘N’ Roll Star here.


Rock ‘N’ Roll Star! features 29 unreleased tracks, including early songwriting demos, recordings from David’s band, The Arnold Corns, rehearsals at Bowie’s then-home, Haddon Hall, BBC sessions, singles, live performances, plus outtakes and alternative versions from the album recording sessions, which have been newly mixed by original co-producer, Ken Scott.

The hitherto unknown Lady Stardust (Alternative Version – Take 1) took its original producer by surprise. Ken Scott recalls, “This was a shock when I first heard it. I pulled up the faders and suddenly, what the hell? I had no recollection of it being like that originally but I guess it was just a guide vocal. But it sounds great, is really interesting and brings a totally different feeling to the song.”

The band line-up for Lady Stardust (Alternative Version – Take 1) is David Bowie on vocals, Mick Ronson on piano, Trevor Bolder on bass and Woody Woodmansey on drums. Scott singles out Ronson for praise, “Ronno on piano is very good indeed. The Trident Studio piano was just amazing, a Bechstein grand from around 1850 and I think the hammers had been treated with varnish or something – it was the best rock and roll piano in the whole world.”

Lady Stardust (Alternative Version – Take 1) was recorded at Trident Studios, St Anne’s Court, London on 12 November 1971, produced by David Bowie and Ken Scott and arranged by David Bowie and Mick Ronson.

Other unreleased highlights on Rock ‘N’ Roll Star! include an unheard version of the deep-cut classic Shadow Man, and an up-tempo take of The Who’s I Can’t Explain, which Bowie would later slow down and cover for the Pin Ups album.

The audio-only Blu-Ray disc features the definitive 2012 remaster of the original Ziggy Stardust album in 96kHz/24bit PCM stereo, plus the album and additional mixes from 2003 in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 as well as the singles, outtakes and alternative versions in 96kHz/24 bit PCM stereo.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Star! also contains two books. The first is an extensive 112-page book with detailed liner notes, memorabilia, contemporary reviews and articles, rare photographs from Barrie Wentzel, Michael Putland, Mick Rock, Sukita and Alec Byrne, as well as brand-new notes and interviews with Ken Scott, Mark Carr Pritchett and David’s plugger from the time, Anya Wilson. Accompanying the main book is a 36-page compiled reproduction of David’s personal Ziggy Stardust era notebooks.

Pre-order David Bowie: Rock ‘N’ Roll Star here.


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