Click on the link below to pull up the many reviews and commentaries we’ve written, as well as Hot Stamper copies that are currently available on the site.
Is this one of the Greatest Rock Albums of All Time?
Unquestionably. It’s the pinnacle of Glam Rock. Every track is superb; not a moment is less than stellar from beginning to end.
Is it Bowie’s Masterpiece?
Absolutely. No other Bowie record ranks higher in my book.
Is it amazingly well recorded?
You better believe it. This is not just Bowie’s masterpiece; it’s Ken Scott’s as well. For BIG, BOLD, wall to wall, floor to ceiling sound, look no further. The recording is swimming in rich, sweet TUBEY MAGIC. This is a sound we cannot get enough of here at Better Records.
The guitars may not sound “real,” they way they actually do in real life, but they sure sound grungy and GOOD!
Just drop the needle on any song. Guaranteed you will never hear that song sound better. The mastering is beyond perfection. There’s really no “mastering” to listen for — all you’re really aware of is the music flowing from the speakers, freed from all the limitations that you’ve learned to accept.
There’s no need to go track by track trying to explain why this copy is the Ultimate Ziggy. One drop of the needle will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know. All doubts will be erased within moments. We played this copy against our best other pressings and again and again, no matter what track we played, the sound here was superior.
Worth the Price
To say that a superb sounding British pressing is not the kind of record that’s easy to come by these days is to state the obvious. If this record is as meaningful for you as it is for me, I think you will quickly appreciate that it’s worth every penny of its price. All you need do is drop the needle at the start of either side. It won’t be long before all questions are answered and all mysteries revealed.
Owning this White Hot Stamper is a PRIVILEGE that affords the listener insight into David Bowie’s music that is simply not possible any other way. The emotional power of these songs is communicated so completely through this copy that the experience will be like hearing it for the first time.
This is, I hope it goes without saying, one of the greatest rock records of all time, music that belongs in any collection. I’ve been playing this album for 30 years and I can honestly say I’ve never once tired of it.
The Tubey Magic Top Ten
You don’t need tube equipment to hear the prodigious amounts of Tubey Magic that exist on this recording. For those of you who’ve experienced top quality analog pressings of Meddle or Dark Side of the Moon, or practically any jazz album on Contemporary, whether played through tubes or transistors, that’s the luscious sound of Tubey Magic, and it is all over Ziggy Stardust.
Big Production Tubey Magical British Rock & Roll just doesn’t get much better. Ranked strictly in terms of Tubey Magic I would have to put this album on our list of Most Tubey Magical Rock Recordings of All Time, right up there with Sgt. Pepper (1967), Meddle (1971), Dark Side of the Moon (1973), the first Eagles album (1972), the first Dire Straits album (1977, and clearly the outlier in this group), the first Doors album (1967), Thick As A Brick (1972), Tumbleweed Connection (1970), and a handful of others.