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RCA CD (1984)

RCA US PCD1-4702 (1984)

In 1984 RCA released THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS on the new compact disc format along with the rest of Bowie's RCA catalogue. This made David Bowie the very first major rock star to have his entire musical output available in digital form.

However, there was a drawback. Instead of using the original master tapes - RCA used the heavily equalised tapes that had been used for pressing LPs. As a result, the sound of the RCA CDs while largely OK, were not what they could have been.

One reviewer later compared the 1990 Rykodisc CD re-issues to the RCA CDs and said:

"The differences to be heard in contrast to the original RCA CDs are in no way subtle or minor. These new discs sound alive and three-dimensional - the RCA discs sound like a cheap AM radio in comparison. Instruments that were inaudible on the RCA discs are clearly heard here, as are bits of echo and other effects totally absent from the original LP releases."

1984 CD Issues

RCA Germany (PD 84702) 1984 (deleted in 1988) - grey and silver CD face
RCA Japan - Booklet printed in US (PCD1-4702) (deleted in 1988) - silver CD face with blue ring

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RCA Japan PCD1-4702 (1984) CD face

In 1988 the RCA Bowie CDs were deleted from production when Bowie chose not renew with the company. Bowie did not immediately reassign the CD rights to another company because he did not want his back catalogue reissued as "budget" items. As a result THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972) became one of the most "demanded but unavailable" rock CDs in this period, until the Rykodisc re-issue in 1990.

Rykodisc 1990 & 1994 reissues of Ziggy Stardust

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Ziggy Stardust Scarf (1973)