Young Americans

Young Americans

by David BowieDavid Bowie


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David Bowie had dropped hints during the Diamond Dogs tour that he was moving toward R&B, but the full-blown blue-eyed soul of Young Americans came as a shock. Surrounding himself with first-rate sessionmen, Bowie comes up with a set of songs that approximate the sound of Philly soul and disco, yet remain detached from their inspirations; even at his most passionate, Bowie sounds like a commentator, as if the entire album was a genre exercise. Nevertheless, the distance doesn't hurt the album -- it gives the record its own distinctive flavor, and its plastic, robotic soul helped inform generations of synthetic British soul. What does hurt the record is a lack of strong songwriting. "Young Americans" is a masterpiece, and "Fame" has a beat funky enough that James Brown ripped it off, but only a handful of cuts ("Win," "Fascination," "Somebody Up There Likes Me") comes close to matching their quality. As a result, Young Americans is more enjoyable as a stylistic adventure than as a substantive record.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2017
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0190295990350
catalogNumber: 219055
Rank: 4390

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Lennon   Guitar,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Earl Slick   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mike Garson   Guest Appearance
David Sanborn   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Ava Cherry   Background Vocals
Robin Clark   Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar   Guitar
Dennis Davis   Drums
Anthony Hinton   Background Vocals
Jean Millington   Background Vocals
Andy Newmark   Drums
Warren Peace   Background Vocals
Pablo Rosario   Percussion
Larry Washington   Percussion
Willie Weeks   Bass
Diane Sumler   Background Vocals
Ralph McDonald   Percussion
Jean Fineberg   Background Vocals
Michael Garson   Keyboards
Emir Ksasan   Bass

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Luther Vandross   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Carlos Alomar   Composer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Harry Maslin   Producer,Engineer
Tony Visconti   Producer,String Arrangements
Eric Stephen Jacobs   Cover Photo
Mark Adams   Photo Scanning,Retouching
Carl Parulow   Engineer
Terry O'Neill   Inlay Photography

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