David Bowie - Lady Stardust

(7" Vinyl Limited Edition Picture Disc from David Bowie Is Exhibition Japan)

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“I smiled sadly, for a love I could not obey”

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The disc was sold exclusively at the DAVID BOWIE is official shop during the Bowie Is exhibition in Japan from 8 January to 9 April, 2017, and features the following two tracks:








Lady Stardust (David’s ode to Marc Bolan), is the original solo piano and voice, 4-track demo, recorded at the same time as Right On Mother at Radio Luxembourg Studios in London, on 9th March, 1971. The version on this disc was mixed properly and officially to stereo for the first time from the original 4-track tape in July 2016 at AIR Studios in London.


Most people are more familiar with the song in its finished form after it was re-recorded by Bowie and The Spiders and released over a year later on the 1972 Ziggy Stardust album.


Crystal Japan (originally titled Fuji Moto San) is a haunting instrumental track first released as a single in Japan in July 1980. The track was used for a TV advert for the Japanese sake Crystal Jun Rock by Takara Shuzo. The adverts (there were two of them), featured Bowie in a Zen temple in Kyoto, a location he personally selected, being so moved by the beautiful Karesansui Zen Garden.


While in Japan David spoke briefly about his reasons for agreeing to do the commercials:


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Q. Why did you agree to do the commercial?

DB: There are three reasons. The first one being that no one has ever asked me to do it before. And the money is a very useful thing [spoken in Japanese]. And the third, I think it's very effective that my music is on television twenty times a day. I think my music isn't for radio.


Q. So did you write the music for the commercial?

DB: Yes, this is the important point and the reason I agreed to do the commercial. It's a very slow one. I didn't use bass or drums so it's very different from anything I have done before. It will be included in my next album. I don't drink while I work so I didn't drink while I wrote this one, of course.


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In the event, Crystal Japan didn’t appear on the next album (Scary Monsters) and the Japanese got an exclusive single instead.


As previously mentioned, both sides of the picture disc have photographs taken by Japanese photographer, Masayoshi Sukita.


The A side features a shot taken from a session in February 1973, at RCA Studios in New York. Bowie is wearing a costume by Japanese designer, Kansai Yamamoto, and Kabuki inspired make-up. Under Japanese influence, indeed.


The Sukita photograph on the AA side was taken in Tokyo in 1980. Bowie had this to say about the session in the Genesis Editions book of Sukita’s Bowie photographs, Speed Of Life...


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Here I am beginning another long day at the photo studio. Clock in, take my coat off and thrust my arms up to the elbows in glamour and style. Here I’m going for a combined Jacques Tati, Anthony Newley look.


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