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David Bowie Aladdin Sane [40th Anniv. Ed.] (2013)

 David Bowie ◊ Aladdin Sane [40th Anniv. Ed.] (2013)

David Bowie Aladdin Sane
Birth name: David Robert Jones
Born: 8 January 1947, London, England
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica, saxophone, viola, cello, koto, percussion 
Location: New York City's Manhattan and London
Album release: April 13, 1973, 2013
Recorded: 6 October 1972 – 24 January 1973 at Trident Studios, London and RCA Studios, NY and Nashville
Record Label: RCA
Duration:     60:22
01. Watch That Man     (4:30)
02. Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)     (5:09)
03. Drive-In Saturday     (4:37)
04. Panic In Detroit     (4:29)
05. Cracked Actor     (3:02)
06. Time     (5:16)
07. The Prettiest Star     (3:32)
08. Let's Spend The Night Together (Mick Jagger / Keith Richards)   (3:11)
09. The Jean Genie     (4:08)
10. Lady Grinning Soul     (3:55)
Producer: Ken Scott, David Bowie
David Bowie – guitar, harmonica, keyboards, saxophone, vocals
Mick Ronson – guitar, piano, vocals
Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey – drums
Additional personnel:
Mike Garson – piano
Ken Fordham – saxophone
Brian "Bux" Wilshaw – saxophone, flute
Linda Lewis – backing vocals
Juanita "Honey" Franklin – backing vocals
G.A. MacCormack – backing vocals
Production personnel:
David Bowie – producer, arrangements
Ken Scott – producer, engineer
Mick Moran – engineer
Mick Ronson – arrangements
Website: http://www.davidbowie.com

 © Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine (Editor rating: ****½)
Ziggy Stardust wrote the blueprint for David Bowie's hard-rocking glam, and Aladdin Sane essentially follows the pattern, for both better and worse. A lighter affair than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane is actually a stranger album than its predecessor, buoyed by bizarre lounge-jazz flourishes from pianist Mick Garson and a handful of winding, vaguely experimental songs. Bowie abandons his futuristic obsessions to concentrate on the detached cool of New York and London hipsters, as on the compressed rockers "Watch That Man," "Cracked Actor," and "The Jean Genie." Bowie follows the hard stuff with the jazzy, dissonant sprawls of "Lady Grinning Soul," "Aladdin Sane," and "Time," all of which manage to be both campy and avant-garde simultaneously, while the sweepingly cinematic "Drive-In Saturday" is a soaring fusion of sci-fi doo wop and melodramatic teenage glam. He lets his paranoia slip through in the clenched rhythms of "Panic in Detroit," as well as on his oddly clueless cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together." For all the pleasures on Aladdin Sane, there's no distinctive sound or theme to make the album cohesive; it's Bowie riding the wake of Ziggy Stardust, which means there's a wealth of classic material here, but not enough focus to make the album itself a classic.
Review by Ned Raggett
David Bowie's work had contained plenty of cabaret and European-inspired influences almost from the beginning, so this particular effort, from 1973's Aladdin Sane, isn't surprising, per se. More so than songs like "Changes," though, "Time" finds Bowie taking the full plunge into something approaching the heights of Brecht and Weill. In part this is due to the appearance of Mike Garson, the inspired keyboardist he had recruited the previous year for his American appearances. Garson's at once playful and weird piano work introduces the track and takes a commanding role throughout, giving off more than one hint of Weimar Germany in its interpretation of Bowie's basic melody. Bowie himself clearly seeks out the sheer theatricality of the entire piece vocally, squealing, crooning, aiming for a heroic delivery on the choruses. The full band adds everything and the kitchen sink -- Mick Ronson's mega-guitar, mournful backing vocals, steady and strong drums, excellent arrangements and production via Bowie and Ken Scott. Lyrics reference everything from masturbation to the death of original New York Dolls' drummer Billy Murcia, getting away with it all as well. If Lotte Lenya had popped in to duet, nobody would have been surprised at all.
Review by Dave Thompson
Any critics who doubted David Bowie's hard rock credentials following his breakthrough in 1972 (and there were some) were forced into a serious rethink following the release of this, his third British hit single of the year, and the biggest one yet. Released just in time for Christmas, "Jean Genie" soared to number two, and that despite the counter-attractions of the latest single by labelmates the Sweet -- "Blockbuster" plundered the self-same Yardbirds/Deviants riff as "Jean Genie," a grisly coincidence which gave Bowie's supporters pause for thought, too. Their hero, after all, was pushing back the frontiers of rock itself. The Sweet, on the other hand were...well, they were the Sweet, an unabashed bubblegum band last seen cavorting around the TV dressed as Native Americans. Hmmm, maybe they weren't so bad after all.
Included on Bowie's next album, Aladdin Sane, "Jean Genie" is surely the most performed song in Bowie's entire repertoire, although it is ironic that the most legendary version of all, recorded at the 1973 farewell concert with Jeff Beck guesting on dual lead guitar, was absent from the official Ziggy Stardust -- The Motion Picture document of the event. It is readily available, however, on bootlegs taken from the concert film's original airing on U.S. TV in 1974. Other impressive performances date from Bowie's own 1974 American tour, the 1983 Serious Moonlight outing, and the 1997 Earthling tour.

 © Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels
Description in french:
Il fallait s'y attendre! Le "roi David" continue imperturbablement a nous proposer de nouvelles éditions remastérisées de ses albums.
Ici, c'est celle du 40eme anniversaire d'Aladdin Sane... mais point de bonus comme ce fut le cas pour l'édition correspondant aux 30 bougies. Régime maigre, c'est la crise!!
Bref, la galette a été remastérisée par les Studios AIR de Londres pour le label Parlophone ce qui peut éventuellement intéresser les fans.
Production and style:
The majority of Aladdin Sane was recorded at Trident Studios in London from December 1972 to January 1973, between legs of Bowie's US Ziggy Stardust tour. A desire to rush release the record was blamed for mixes on the Rolling Stones influenced "Watch That Man" and "Cracked Actor" that buried vocals and harmonica, respectively. Bowie and producer Ken Scott later refuted this suggestion regarding "Watch That Man", claiming that a remix they produced which brought the vocals forward was considered by Mainman management and RCA Records to be inferior to the original that was eventually released.
Aladdin Sane featured a tougher rock sound than its predecessor Ziggy Stardust, particularly on tracks like "Panic in Detroit" (built around a Bo Diddley beat) and Bowie's breakneck version of the Stones' "Let's Spend the Night Together". The album was also notable for its exploration of unusual styles such as avant-garde jazz in the title track and Brechtian cabaret in "Time", the latter being famous for the line "Time... falls wanking to the floor". Both numbers were dominated by Mike Garson's acclaimed piano work, which also featured heavily in the faux James Bond flamenco ballad "Lady Grinning Soul", inspired by singer Claudia Linnear.

Year / Chart / Peak position
1973 UK Albums Chart       #1
1973 US Billboard Pop Albums       #17
1973 Canadian RPM 100 Top Albums Chart       #20
1973 Australian Kent Report Albums Chart       #7
1973 Norway's album chart       #11
1973 French Albums Chart       #89
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Space Oddity (1969)
The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Hunky Dory (1971)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
Pin Ups (1973)
Diamond Dogs (1974)
Young Americans (1975)
Station to Station (1976)
Low (1977)
"Heroes" (1977)
Lodger (1979)
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980)
Let's Dance (1983)
Tonight (1984)
Never Let Me Down (1987)
Black Tie White Noise (1993)
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
Outside (1995)
Earthling (1997)
'Hours...' (1999)
Heathen (2002)
Reality (2003)
The Next Day (2013)

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