David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust reissued on gold vinyl

Parlophone are issuing two “very strictly limited edition” gold vinyl versions of David Bowie‘s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and Hunky Dory.

The reason (do they need one?) is to celebrate the anniversary of the Ziggy Stardust album, which is 45 years old in June!

No numbers have been published, but these new pressings are described as a “one-off run” and these will apparently only be available in ‘bricks and mortar’ stores and their “online storefronts”. Or to put it another way, these will not be available from online-only retailers. In theory then, these should be available in HMV.

Despite this statement, as you will see below, you can pre-order from Amazon USA, although there has to be a question mark over whether these will be fulfilled or not.

Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust gold vinyl pressings will be issued on 16 June 2017

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Hunky Dory

Side 1
1. Changes (2015 Remastered Version)
2. Oh! You Pretty Things (2015 Remastered Version)
3. Eight Line Poem (2015 Remastered Version)
4. Life On Mars? (2015 Remastered Version)
5. Kooks (2015 Remastered Version)
6. Quicksand (2015 Remastered Version)

Side 2
1. Fill Your Heart (2015 Remastered Version)
2. Andy Warhol (2015 Remastered Version)
3. Song For Bob Dylan (2015 Remastered Version)
4. Queen Bitch (2015 Remastered Version)
5. The Bewlay Brothers (2015 Remastered Version)

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

Side 1
1. Five Years (2012 Remastered Version)
2. Soul Love (2012 Remastered Version)
3. Moonage Daydream (2012 Remastered Version)
4. Starman (2012 Remastered Version)
5. It Ain’t Easy (2012 Remastered Version)

Side 2
1. Lady Stardust (2012 Remastered Version)
2. Star (2012 Remastered Version)
3. Hang On To Yourself (2012 Remastered Version)
4. Ziggy Stardust (2012 Remastered Version)
5. Suffragette City (2012 Remastered Version)
6. Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide (2012 Remastered Version)


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Just received one, and as sg says in post….this looks like poo color…..where is this similarity to gold in color ??? Not only that, but it has large rippling around the label coming a third of the way across the vinyl making it look warped, and label looking misaligned. I bought this to frame with cover, the vinyl is totally undisplayable !!!


“Parlophone are issuing two “very strictly limited edition” gold vinyl versions of David Bowie‘s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and Hunky Dory.”

As a previous contributor has already discovered, Sainsbury’s (Cobham) are selling this “very strictly limited edition” gold vinyl version of Hunky Dory for £14. Is this really the way things are going? Words like “very strictly limited” or even “limited” are so much open to interpretation that it’s pretty much meaningless. It’s like advertising something as “up to 50% off” – completely ambiguous. I never thought I’d see the day where vinyl records are now being sold this way and being used to persuade punters to part with too much money with over inflated “limited” edition priced lp’s, only to find that they will be quite likely be much cheaper if people wait a while. A strange topsy turvy analog world.

Geoff D

Ziggy is £14 in Sainsbury’s, same as Hunky Dory.


Grabbed one in HMV – didnt fancy the goose chase to my local Sainsburys. Will be back next week for Ziggy and of course those vinyl week exclusives if lucky

mark browne

is the pressing any good though?


HMV Leicester had several copies today (Sunday 28th) when I went in at 3pm so guess they will have them left tomorrow. I assume the armed police walking past me outside HMV weren’t there to control unruly crowds Bowie fans!!

Mark Porter

Just picked Hunky Dory up for £14 in Sainsbury’s this evening too in Nottingham.


Bowie’s website announced last weekend that the Hunky Dory release had been brought forward to today so I visited my local HMV store this morning but they had no knowledge of it.

Fortunately I had more luck in a nearby Sainsbury’s store that stocks vinyl where they had the album for sale at £14. They also had several new (to me, anyway) coloured vinyl exclusives on sale: Ian Dury’s New Boots and Panties (orange), T.Rex’s The Slider (silver) and Kylie’s Fever (white).


HMV Oxford Street still had about 15 copies at 11.30 this morning.


Some retailers have these in stock ready to sell TOMORROW! Not June 16th!

Steve Rickard

Just bought mine from HMV for £15:99, loads on the shelf, so not that limited !


Someone in Spain is already selling both gold LPs on eb*y for £254 the pair and quotes the stuff about being available in stores, etc. Ends in 4 days and refund is available when released in June. So someone is definitely cashing in, unless the shops are charging £127 each, which even I wouldn’t pay!


Hi Paul, could you ask Parlophone for a comment on the negative fan and collector feedback in regards to these seemingly never ending cash-in’s? Thanks.

Chris Squires

And not all feedback is negative…..


HMV are making noises about a “vinyl special” event, which would seem to tie in with these as it’s pretty much the same time. Quite like the idea you can’t get these from online stores, although I’m sure they’ll be on Ebay 10 minutes after the shops open….


-sg- what have you been eating?!

Chris Squires

White Toblerone ‘ll do it….. Must dig out the old Bristol Stool Chart but I think it’s Type 7.


The colored vinyl idea is not so bad, but what kind of “gold” is that? This looks more like poo colored vinyl…. gasp.


I see what you mean…..absolutely horrible !!!
Doe your vinyl have swirls coming up from label that look horrible, or did I get something bad ?
Wish I could post a picture here, it’s horrible

Keith Grossmith

I don’t care.

I’ve got the original 1st pressing laminated Hunky Dory LP.

And all of Bowie’s other 1st press LP’s.

El Nino

I like these. I also like the idea of having to find them in the wild in real shops – just like the good old days.

Alan B

Seems to be a lot of cloak and dagger over these releases. I’ll wager they will be part of this year’s HMV Fathers Day vinyl promotion.

John Hirst

Serious barrel scraping here – I’ll wait for the Berlin trilogy boxset.


Amazon not finding these US links.


So I was able to get a preorder in before amazon to it down, So I just received email saying both record have Shipped!?!?!? I am a little confused because the release date was for June 16th.


As a Bowie collector and fan since childhood, i’m immensely saddened by how tacky it has become so quickly. Yes on the scale of things to worry about globally, exploitative gold records by dead rock stars don’t rate. But Bowie means a lot to me personally and this rampant exploitation of his legacy is tarnishing it badly.

On a side note, and chance Paul that you can get in touch with the people at Parlophone that sent you the promo copy of BOWPROMO and ask them whether they intend to make a statement on the faults regarding the release?

It runs slow adding several seconds to each track. The channels are reversed. The liner notes are incorrect and it’s been edited to trim the silence between two tracks. The last point is so trivial it seems pointless but given the fact that it’s a needledrop issued as a replica purely for hardcore fans, why would they do that?

If the new Sgt Pepper was released running slow with the channels reversed there would be uproar. When did it become okay to not give a toss about the quality of Bowie releases?


keer-ching, keer-ching! Now in 4/5 years they will be having their 50th anniversary editions.


I don’t know what it is about gold vinyl but it never looks good. Fool’s gold?


I don’t think “limited edition Caramac coloured vinyl” has quite the same allure…

Alan B

First two Style Council coloured vinyl releases are available to pre-order on Recordstore. Cafe Bleu on blue vinyl has already sold out inside 24 hours.

Michel D.

From the David Bowie web site:

“They will only be available as a strictly limited edition one-off run in ‘bricks and mortar’ stores and their online storefronts, but will not be available from online only retailers.”

Frank Donnelly

Glad people are getting wise to all this continued fleecing of the fans. Coloured vinyl releases are largely pointless. Limited editions of an indeterminate number are just a marketing spin. News of the Cracked Actor CD on the other hand is good because it is something new and many people missed out on the vinyl.
My guess is David sanctioned the 70s archive box sets and the Lazarus cast album with No Plan EP bonus. Anything after that is Bill Zysblat making gravy from his passing.


Keeping my money for the Style Council coloured lps coming soon !!

Brian Scott

With all these coloured vinyl releases coming, how long before we start seeing “limited edition vintage black vinyl” on the press release ;-)


Psst Brian, don’t give them good ideas. :)


ha ha ha

Koen De Brabander

Haha, just what I think!


Amazon Uk had these listed for preorder on Monday for £17.99…Now listed as “unavailable “. My order is still active…Very odd..

John Higney

Parlaphone has told online retailers they will not be allowed to sell these editions HMV and Sainsbury’s have actual outlets so they will be allowed along with normal record shops so it’s back to hunting just like RSD


I followed the above link to amazon uk and Hunky Dory is on sale via Speedy Hen records for £15.79 plus £1.26 delivery! Doesn’t say it’s gold vinyl but the picture seems to show gold vinyl? Time will tell!!


I bet the only ones he planned and agreed on release were the further parts to album-reissue boxsets (and then individual releases of the albums featured in the sets) that will come after the first installment “Five Years (1969–1973)” that came out in 2015, “Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976)” that came out 2016 and the further editions which yet haven’t been announced.
I believe we will get the concening the next boxset in 1-2 months time atleast.


In the same Horse Race as the Abba Gold Coloured vinyl for me. Pointless releases!


And were these part of the ‘series of releases’ Bowie planned before his death?


I would say: no.