Young Americans

Performers David Bowie

Virgin | October 1, 2013 | Compact Disc

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After booting out, with well-heeled platform boots, a series of glam-rock albums, David Bowie turned out something sleeker, more soulful in 1975, when he released Young Americans. Reappearing here in enhanced and remastered format, the album reminds listeners just what a risk-taker this artist was then and remains today. Bowie collaborated with John Lennon on "Fame;" the former Beatle also played guitar on Bowie's cover of "Across the Universe." Elsewhere, Bowie got Luther Vandross to sing backup on "Fascination," a down and dirty dance song. Still, it's the title track and first song on this album that really capture Bowie's new aesthetic in all its glory; the sax replaces guitar as the dominant instrument and the singer's voice drops a few octaves.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 2013

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1999

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 724352190508

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Young Americans

Young Americans

Performers David Bowie

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 2013

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1999

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 724352190508


Title Track Time
1.Young Americans --
2.Win --
3.Fascination --
4.Right --
5.Somebody up There Likes Me --
6.Across the Universe --
7.Can You Hear Me? --
8.Fame --

Editorial Notes

This is an enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, piano); John Lennon (vocals, guitar); Carlos Alomar, Earl Slick (guitar); David Sanborn (saxophone); Mike Garson (piano); Willie Weeks, Emir Kassan (bass); Andy Newmark, Dennis Davis (drums); Larry Washington (conga); Pablo Rosario, Ralph McDonald (percussion); Ava Cherry, Robin Clark, Jean Fineberg, Jean Millington, Luther Vandross (background vocals). Producers: Tony Visconti, David Bowie, Harry Maslin. Recorded at Electric Ladyland, New York, New York. David Bowie abandoned the glam/sci-fi personae of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Diamond Dogs with this radical departure. Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, the home of Philadelphia International, it featured the label's crack house band and, as a result, confirmed the singer's growing love of soul and R&B. Pulsating dance grooves abound, in particular on the disco-influenced `Fame', which topped the US singles chart. The song was co-written with John Lennon, a compliment Bowie repaid by reinventing the Beatles' `Across The Universe' as a dancefloor classic. Such self-confidence abounds throughout this album which shows the singer firmly in command of yet another musical direction.
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