Label: Not On Label (David Bowie) - BOW 001/002 • Format: 2x, CD Album, Unofficial Release • Genre: Rock • Style: Glam, Classic Rock
The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Marsit was the first album he wrote and released from a position of stardom.
NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray called the album "oddly unsatisfying, considerably less than the sum of the Oh Lady Be Good - Ron Husmann - Ron Husmann,  while Bowie encyclopedist Nicholas Pegg describes it as "one of the Aladdin Sane - Bowie* - Strange Fascination urgent, compelling and essential" of his releases.
Inthe album was ranked among six Bowie entries on Rolling Stone ' s list of the greatest albums of all time atand in a revised list. The name of the album is a pun on "A Lad Insane". An early variation was "Love Aladdin Vein", which David Bowie dropped partly because of its drug connotations. Lacking the thematic flow found on its predecessor,  Aladdin Sane was described by Bowie himself as simply "Ziggy goes to America"; most of the tracks were observations he composed on the road during his Ziggy Stardust Tourwhich accounted for the place names following each song title on the original record labels.
His mixed feelings about the journey stemmed, in Bowie's words, from "wanting to be up on the stage performing my songs, but on the other hand not really wanting to be on those buses with all those strange people So Aladdin Sane was split down the middle. I thought it was rather sweet. A desire to rush Do You Want To Know A Secret - The Beatles - Please Please Me the record Aladdin Sane - Bowie* - Strange Fascination blamed for mixes on the Rolling Stones -influenced " Watch That Man " and " Cracked Actor " that buried vocals and harmonica, respectively.
Aladdin Sane featured a tougher rock Aladdin Sane - Bowie* - Strange Fascination than its predecessor Ziggy StardustHealing Hands - Jennifer Holliday - On & On 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 ".
Both numbers were dominated by Mike Garson 's acclaimed piano work,  which also featured heavily in the faux James Aladdin Sane - Bowie* - Strange Fascination flamenco ballad " Lady Grinning Soul ", inspired by singer Claudia Lennear. Two hit singles that would be included on the album preceded its release, " The Jean Genie " and " Drive-In Saturday ". Aladdin Sane was released in the UK on 13 April The album is estimated to have sold 4. Critical reaction was generally laudatory, if more enthusiastic in the US than in the UK.
In the British music press, however, letters columns accused Bowie of 'selling out' and Let it Rock magazine found the album to be more style than substance, considering that he had "nothing to say and everything to say it with". That Bowie improved his music by imitating the Rolling Stones rather than by expressing himself is obviously a tribute to Aladdin Sane - Bowie* - Strange Fascination Stones, but it also underlines how expedient Bowie's relationship to rock and roll has always been.
However "Panic in Detroit" also appeared regularly in Bowie's later years, a remake of which was cut in but not released until added as a bonus track to the Rykodisc CD of Scary Monsters And Super Creeps. Two songs from the album, "Cracked Actor" and "Time" were included in the feature-length biographical documentary, and compilation Soundtrack,  entitled Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story.
All tracks are written by David Bowieexcept where noted. Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital, Southborough, Massachusetts remastered Aladdin Sane from the original master tapes for Rykodiscwhich released it with no bonus tracks.
The album was remastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studiosand again released with no bonus tracks. The second in Aladdin Sane - Bowie* - Strange Fascination series of 30th Anniversary 2CD Edition sets along with Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogsthis release includes a remastered version of the first disc.
This remaster of the album was included in the box set Five Years — and rereleased separately, in —, in CD, vinyl and digital formats. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. David Bowie. Glam rock hard rock art rock. Ken Scott David Bowie. Inthe David Bowie official website stated that new evidence had come to light proving that the official release date was 20 Aprilbut because this was Good Friday a public holiday in the UKthe album was made available on 19 April.
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