- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: May 20, 2003
- Label: Virgin Records Us
Q - 12/92, p.1444 Stars
- Excellent - "...sounds as exciting and as dramatic now as it did then...a remarkable document of an unforgettable time..."
Magnet - 11/03, p.112
"...ZIGGY STARDUST is the essence of rock 'n' roll's escape..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 5/03, p.1164 stars out of 5
- "...A little piece of history....This is heaven for Bowie fans..."
NME (Magazine) - 10/3/92, p.41
"...a time when Bowie was a needle-thin bisexual alien far stranger than anything his legions of subsequent copyists could ever hope to emulate...a gloriously bonkers piece of cynical showmanship..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Intro: (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement-Abridged)
- 2.Hang on to Yourself
- 3.Ziggy Stardust
- 4.Watch That Man
- 5.Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud
- 6.All the Young Dudes
- 7.Oh! You Pretty Things
- 8.Moonage Daydream
- 10.Space Oddity
- 11.My Death
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Intro: (William Tell Overture - Abridged)
- 2.Cracked Actor
- 4.The Width of a Circle
- 5.Let's Spend the Night Together
- 6.Suffragette City
- 7.White Light / White Heat
- 8.Farewell Speech (Spoken Word)
- 9.Rock & Roll Suicide
Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England in 1973. Includes liner notes by D.A. Pennebaker.
When David Bowie killed off his fatalistic rock-star character Ziggy Stardust, he also announced his retirement from live performance. His "final" concert was filmed and the soundtrack sat on a shelf for a decade before its release in 1983. ZIGGY STARDUST -THE MOTION PICTURE is an interesting audio snapshot that represents the Ziggy Stardust arc and incorporates a few different facets of Bowie's career up to that point. Starting with the ragged, garage-rock meter of "Hang on to Yourself," Bowie introduces his beloved alien ("Ziggy Stardust"), and flirts with his flamboyant side (the medley of "Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud/All The Young Dudes/Oh! You Pretty Things").
From here, Ziggy's transition ("Changes") into messianic figure takes him through a host of rock-star realities ("Let's Spend The Night Together," "White Light/White Heat") before his meteoric rise gets snuffed out in a flash ("Rock 'N' Roll Suicide"). Throughout the performance, it is easy to see how Bowie's combination of solid rock & roll aesthetics and over-the-top theatricality eventually spawned and shaped everything from glam-rock to later developments such as punk and Madonna. This is one of Bowie's best and most underrated live performances.