Aladdin Sane [Remaster]

Performers David Bowie

Virgin | October 1, 2013 | Compact Disc

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After Ziggy Stardust invaded and imprisoned America's adoration and imagination, David Bowie released this album in 1973, foreshadowing the end of Ziggy's era. Aladdin Sane emerged more quietly than the previous album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. Still, the album gives up at least one Bowie classic in the form of "The Jean Genie," a trashy, sexy song about the guy who "lives on his back." Mick Ronson's guitar playing slithers around and about the singer's voice, displaying their ability to play together. By contrast, the title track comes across with cascading piano and a soulful vocal from a Bryan Ferry-sounding Bowie, a place he'd go to later in his career. The remastered format gives the music more depth and lushness, while the enhanced portion allows fans to travel to the Internet via the disc.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 2013

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1999

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 724352190201

Found in: Art Rock, Art Rock

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Aladdin Sane [Remaster]

Aladdin Sane [Remaster]

Performers David Bowie

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 2013

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1999

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 724352190201


Title Track Time
1.Watch that Man --
2.Aladdin Sane --
3.Drive in Saturday --
4.Panic in Detroit --
5.Cracked Actor --
6.Time --
7.The Prettiest Star --
8.Let's Spend the Night Together --
9.The Jean Genie --
10.Lady Grinning Soul --

Editorial Notes

This is an enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, harmonica, saxophone); Mick Ronson (vocals, guitar, piano); Ken Fordham (saxophone); Mike Garson (piano); Trevor Bolder (bass); Mick Woodmansey (drums); Juanita "Honey" Franklin, Linda Lewis, G.A. MacCormack (background vocals). Recorded at Trident Studios and RCA Studios, London, England; RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee. Originally released on RCA. Digitally remastered by Dr. Toby Mountain. It's no surprise that ALADDIN SANE and PIN UPS came out in the same year. Each drip with the seedy sexuality of London's late '60s sexual revolution. Yet, while PIN UPS was a mid-'60s sampling of influences--a glorified cover album--ALADDIN SANE was all Bowie. Stepping out of the Ziggy Stardust shadow (Bowie would announce his temporary retirement from the stage later that year), ALADDIN SANE was the aftermath of Ziggy's visit, a brutal memoir of the drugs, sex and glamour that a young starlet could find at the time. "Forget that I'm 50/'Cause you just got paid," Bowie croons, adopting the persona of a "Cracked Actor," and one wonders how far stardom had pushed Bowie. Was he indeed a lad insane? The macho guitar rave-ups are a brilliant spewing of the PIN UPS influences. Mick Ronson's searing guitar is beautiful trash, made of Stonesy grind and dangerous Kinks-like riffing. Bowie is at an evocative peak, his vocals at once voyeuristic and enticing. His cover of "Let's Spend The Night Together" sends an unwashed shiver up the back, and his youthful exuberance on "Panic In Detroit" is charmingly believable. ALADDIN SANE showed that Bowie was an artist with staying power that reached beyond his previous Martian Cult status.
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