A fully restored version of David Bowie‘s 1973 movie Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture and its soundtrack will be reissued, marking the 50th anniversary of his concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
The legendary last ever Ziggy Stardust show is to be made available in full for the first time, digitally restored with remastered audio.
2CD & Blu-ray, 2CD, 2LP limited edition gold vinyl set and digital (standard 44.1khz/16bit and 96khz/24bit) will be released on August 11 and are available for pre-order at https://www.davidbowie.com/ziggy
Renowned filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker captured the momentous event by filming Bowie and The Spiders From Mars backstage and onstage. The digital restoration of the new version of the film has been overseen by his son Frazer Pennebaker with remastered audio.
Although filmed 50 years ago, the movie was not widely seen for over a decade. However, the film and its soundtrack have been newly remastered with the medley of “The Jean Genie/Love Me Do” medley and “Round And Round” featuring the late legendary Jeff Beck reinstated – the latter track making its first appearance anywhere.
Both performances were newly mixed by long-time Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti.
The show featured Bowie’s famous speech just before the final encore, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide,” where he revealed that he was retiring the Ziggy Stardust persona. The shocking announcement came as a surprise to all in attendance – including members of his band and was the first proclamation of its kind in rock and roll.
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