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Rykodisc 1994
Au20 CD


Au20CD cover

The Gold audio standard for Ziggy to date?

In 1994 an audiophile version of THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972) was issued by Rykodisc (RCD 80134).

This was a limited edition (out of 10,000) 24k gold (Au20) enhanced 20-Bit master version CD. The tracks being exactly the same as for the 1990 Rykodisc CD reissue.

The AU20s were special because of the mastering process which used NO LIMITING or COMPRESSION. Limiting and compression are used for most records and CDs so that they will sound consistent with other recordings - primarily on the radio. As a result many of the original recordings highs ands lows are "compressed" and lost but not in this case.

Due to its high audio quality and limited edition, these generally go for high prices on auction sites today.

Au20CD face

  Au20CD Numbered Inlay

The packaging had a numbered inlay sheet (as above) and the
CD plastic casing sported a wrap-around cut-out sheet (not shown).

See also: The 1990 Reissue Artwork

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