David Bowie fans are in for a treat with the release of the new 5-CD boxed set “Rock and Roll Star,” which delves deep into the making of the iconic album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.” This comprehensive collection features 67 tracks, including outtakes, alternative versions, demos, rehearsals, BBC sessions, and more.

One of the highlights of the set is the disc titled “Outtakes and Alternative Versions,” where fans can find gems like “Sweet Head,” a punchy track that sheds light on the Ziggy Stardust character with its sexually loaded lyrics. This updated version offers a fresh perspective on the song and its place in the album’s storyline. Other standout tracks include “Looking for a Friend,” “Shadow Man,” and “It’s Gonna Rain Again,” which provide insight into Bowie’s creative process during the album sessions.

The boxed set also includes demos and rehearsals, where listeners can hear early versions of classic songs like “Moonage Daydream” and “Lady Stardust.” The BBC sessions offer solid performances of Bowie’s hits, with standout tracks like “Waiting for the Man” and “White Light/ White Heat” showcasing the band’s raw energy and talent. Additional studio versions and live tracks round out the collection, giving fans a comprehensive look at the evolution of the Ziggy Stardust persona.

While this boxed set may not be for casual listeners, it is a must-have for die-hard Bowie fans and music enthusiasts looking to explore the creative process behind a groundbreaking album. With its remixed and remastered tracks, extensive liner notes, and rare recordings, “Rock and Roll Star” offers a deep dive into the world of Ziggy Stardust and the musical genius of David Bowie. Dive into this comprehensive collection and experience the magic of one of rock’s most iconic albums in a whole new light.