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Album Song Out-takes

The following is a list of those songs which didn't make the final Ziggy Stardust album or which are alternate versions. Some of these appeared for the first time on the Rykodisc/EMI Ziggy Stardust 1990 re-issues. Others are currently only found on bootlegs. Some are just a rumour. This page explores these songs and other Ziggy Stardust period oddities. Shown first, however, is the different configurations the Ziggy Stardust album went through before finally being released on 6 June 1972. 


Ziggy Stardust album configurations

Dec-15th 1971

A track listing from this date had THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS in the following format:

Side One: Five Years / Soul Love / Moonage Daydream / Round and Round / Port of Amsterdam
Side Two: Hang Onto Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Velvet Goldmine / Holy Holy / Star / Lady Stardust

The tracks shown in red ("Round and Round", "Port of Amsterdam", "Holy Holy" and "Velvet Goldmine") did not make the final Ziggy Stardust album. Other tracks that did make the album - but not listed here - were "Starman", "Suffragette City" and "Rock n Roll Suicide." Also missing from the final track listing - and already recorded was "It Ain't Easy."

Feb-2nd 1972

A discarded master tape from this date showed that THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972) was largely finished. While the track listing still had "Round and Round", "Starman" eventually replaced it. The album was not released for another five months after this date due to HUNKY DORY's own recent release in December 1971.

Side One: Five Years / Soul Love / Moonage Daydream / Round and Round / It Ain't Easy
Side Two: Lady Stardust / Star / Hang Onto Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Rock n Roll Suicide

Early 1972 radio interview about the Ziggy Stardust album

June-6th 1972

THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972) released.

Side One: Five Years / Soul Love / Moonage Daydream / Starman / It Ain't Easy
Side Two: Lady Stardust / Star / Hang Onto Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Rock n Roll Suicide

June-6th 1972 - Cassettes

It should be noted too that in the 1970's, many record companies juggled the tracks of a tape album to even up the lengths of the recorded sides - hence the original cassette version of Ziggy Stardust (and subsequent reissues) showed tracklistings different to the vinyl:

eg RCA PK-1932

Side One: Five Years / Lady Stardust / Soul Love / Moonage Daydream / Rock n Roll Suicide
Side Two: Starman / Star / Hang Onto Yourself/ Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / It Ain't Easy

 

 


Out-takes & other Ziggy-era songs of interest

"Blackhole Kids" (Bowie): Mentioned by Bowie in 1999 as a possible song to be included in a soundtrack for Ziggy 2002.

"I'm going to include an old song called "Blackhole Kids," which is fabulous. I have no idea why it wasn't on the original [Ziggy Stardust] album. Maybe I forgot." - Bowie (1999)

"Bombers" (Bowie): According to Bowie, this semi-comic song was scheduled for inclusion on a planned (but never completed) bridging album between HUNKY DORY (1971) and THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). This bridging album was to include the songs "He's A Goldmine", "Bombers", "Starman", "Round & Round" and "Something Happens." Three of these five songs were considered for the Ziggy Stardust album, but only "Starman" was to make it. While never slated for the Ziggy album per see, "Bombers" was officially released on the Rykodisc 1990 re-issue of HUNKY DORY (1971). In an early 1972 radio interview on songs that he still had "in the can" Bowie referred to "Bombers" as being "kind of a skit on Neil Young..."  On his Heathen (2002) album Bowie covers a version of Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting For You".

"Hang Onto Yourself" (Bowie): A very early demo version of this song was recorded in February 1971 (reportedly with Gene Vincent) and has appeared as such on recent bootlegs. However, that Gene Vincent was part of this early recording has subsequently been denied by Bowie as ever having happened. A couple of months later this song was recorded again with the Arnold Corns project (both of these featured different lyrics and arrangement to the final version on the Ziggy Stardust album- see Hang Onto Yourself - Arnold Corns version). It is included on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002)

"He's a Goldmine" (Bowie): This was the original working title for "Velvet Goldmine" which was scheduled to be on Side Two of the Ziggy Stardust album. However, in an early 1972 radio interview (see link above), Bowie indicated that while the song was a "lovely thing" and very "David Bowie", it was dropped from the Ziggy album because "the lyrics were a little bit too provocative." "Velvet Goldmine" was eventually released, without Bowie's permission, as a single by RCA in 1975 on "Space Oddity/Changes/Velvet Goldmine" RCA 2593 UK (September 1975) and re-released as an approved bonus track on the 1990 Ryko re-issue of the Ziggy Stardust album and on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002)

"He Was Alright (The Band Was Altogether)" (Bowie): This was the original working title for "Lady Stardust." A bonus for Bowie fans was the release of the acoustic demo "Lady Stardust" on the Ryko 1990 re-issue, which featured slightly different lyrics to the final version; namely "...ooh how I lied when they asked if I knew his name...". Prior to the re-issue, the existence of this demo was unknown. A fractionally longer version of "Lady Stardust" can be found on some bootlegs which show that the official release of the demo faded-in the introduction to cover a studio mistake. It also appears on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002)

"Holy Holy" (Bowie): This song was first released as the A-side on "Holy Holy/Black Country Rock" (Mercury 6052049 - 17 January 1971) and re-recorded (in a superior version) during the November 1971 Ziggy sessions by Bowie and The Spiders for inclusion on Side Two of THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). However, it was eventually dropped from the Ziggy Stardust album and released as the B-side of "Diamond Dogs/Holy Holy" (RCA APBO 0293 UK) in June 1974. The Bowie and Spiders version of "Holy Holy" is included as a bonus track on the 1990 Rykodisc/EMI THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD (1970) CD where, confusingly, it is mislabeled as the original 17 January 1971 version! and on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002)

"Its Gonna Rain Again" (Bowie): According to the Rykodisc limited edition Ziggy Stardust Booklet, this song was one of four (the others were "Only One Paper Left", "Shadow Man" and "Looking for a Friend") that were started but not finished at the Trident Studio November 1971 sessions for THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). It currently remains unreleased and unheard in any form.

"Looking for a Friend" (Bowie): This song was also recorded at the Trident Studio Ziggy sessions for THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). There are three versions of this song. The first (BBC radio version) had been performed by Bowie on John Peel's In Concert radio show on 5 June 1971. A studio version (Studio Version #1) was recorded on 17 June 1971 to be the follow-up single for the Arnold Corns project (later made available as the single "Looking for a Friend/Hang Onto Yourself/Man in the Middle" Krazy Kat 12" PAST 2 Norway (May 1985).

"Moonage Daydream" (Bowie): An early version of this song was originally recorded by the Arnold Corns project (the early May single release - B&C CB 149 - has different lyrics and arrangement - see Moonage Daydream - Arnold Corns version) and then re-recorded for THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). It is included on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002)

"Only One Paper Left" (Bowie): According to the Rykodisc limited edition Ziggy Stardust Booklet, this song was another that was started but not finished at the Trident Studio November 1971 sessions for THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). It currently remains unreleased and unheard in any form.

"Port of Amsterdam" (Jacques Brel/M.Shuman): A Bowie studio version of this Jacques Brel song (Bowie also covered "My Death") was recorded during the Trident sessions in November 1971 for inclusion on Side One of THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). However, while eventually forming a regular part of Bowie's live Ziggy Stardust set, it was dropped from the album line-up and released two years later as the B-side of "Sorrow/Port of Amsterdam." (RCA 2424 - 28 September 1973). It is included as a bonus track on the Rykodisc PINUPS (1973) CD and on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002).

"Round and Round" (Chuck Berry): This song was recorded by Bowie and the Spiders in November 1971 for inclusion on Side One of THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972) but dropped from the final line-up. In an early 1972 radio interview, Bowie says that while "Round and Round" would have conceptually been the perfect kind of number that "Ziggy" would have performed on stage, the song was only a studio jam and eventually (remaining in contention until March 1972) it was replaced with the more appropriate "Starman." "Round and Round" was released as the B-side on "Drive-In Saturday/Round and Round" (RCA 2352 - 6 April 1973) and can be found on the Rykodisc SOUND + VISION I (1989) and the Rykodisc "Sound + Vision: The CD Press Release" (RCD PRO 0120/21/22 1989) and on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002).

"Shadow Man" (Bowie): Also titled "The Man" this song was originally recorded by Bowie at Haddon Hall in May 1970 and at Trident Studios on 23rd April 1971. A third version was recorded at Trident Studios on 14 September 1971. It has never been officially released. However, it can be readily found on CD bootlegs and is has a very similar chord structure to "Quicksand".

"Something Happens" (Bowie): This was the title of a song mentioned by Bowie in a radio interview in 1971 and scheduled for inclusion on the fore-mentioned planned (but never completed) bridging album between HUNKY DORY (1971) and THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). A version was recorded at Trident Studios on 14 September 1971. A very poor quality version of this song is said to circulate amongst collectors on tape. It is said that the song would have fitted well into the Ziggy concept and that it is similar in nature to "Sweet Head". Part of the lyrics are reproduced below:

I'll meet you tonight, turn the stars back on
I'll turn you into an old Rachmaninov, I just wanna do it again
Come along and reach that crowd
You made my head go round and round
Something happens when you touch me
Something happens when you touch me
Something happens when you touch me there...

"Starman" (Bowie): No - nothing unusual here either. This great song was released on the original album, albeit at the last minute. However, circulating amongst collectors is an almost entirely instrumental version of this song which was used as the backing track for the television performance of "Starman" on 5 July 1972. The song in this form is very interesting and worth hearing. While not officially released, it can be found on CD bootlegs.

"Supermen, The" (Bowie): Song from THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD (1970). A superior alternate version was re-recorded at the Ziggy Stardust Trident Studios as Bowie's contribution to REVELATIONS - A MUSICAL ANTHOLOGY FOR GLASTONBURY FAYRE (1971) and is included as a bonus track on the Rykodisc HUNKY DORY (1971) CD. A live version of this song from the Ziggy Stardust concert at the Boston Music Hall on the 1st October 1972 is also included on the CD video SOUND + VISION PLUS (1989) and on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002)

"Sweet Head" (Bowie): The real bonus of the Ryko 1990 reissue was the release of this powerful rocker with risqué lyrics. Prior to the Rykodisc re-release programme, this song was completely unknown to collectors. Judging by the lyrical content, and like "Velvet Goldmine", it was probably considered too provocative to release at the time. The rumour is that, even in 1990, Bowie was reluctant for this song to be released, but eventually agreed. It is included on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002)

"Ziggy Stardust" (Bowie): Another bonus of the Ryko 1990 reissue was the release of the acoustic demo of this song featuring Bowie on vocals, piano and guitar. Prior to the re-issue series, the existence of this demo was unknown. It is included on the CD2 bonus disc for the EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD set (2002)

 

---This page last modified: 18 Jan 2007---

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