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Aladdin Sane

Aladdin Sane

by David Bowie David Bowie
Aladdin Sane

Aladdin Sane

by David Bowie David Bowie


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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0825646283392
catalogNumber: 219022
Rank: 4412


  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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Saxophone,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Mike Garson   Piano
Linda Lewis   Background Vocals
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Trevor Bolder   Bass
Ken Fordham   Flute,Saxophone
Juanita "Honey" Franklin   Background Vocals
G A MacCormack   Percussion,Background Vocals
Brian Wilshaw   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey   Drums

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Mick Ronson   Arranger
Ken Scott   Producer,Engineer
Keith Richards   Composer
Sukita   Inside Photo
Celia Philo   Cover Design
Aisha Cohen   Associate Project Coordinator
Mike Moran   Engineer
Brian Duffy   Cover Design

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