David Bowie - Young Americans

45th Anniversary 180 Gram Gold Coloured Vinyl LP Record

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Young Americans is the ninth studio album by British singer-songwriter and musician David Bowie, originally released in March 1975 via RCA Records.

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), better known by his stage name David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. For over five decades, he was regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world’s best selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number on albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996.

Young Americans has always occupied a troublesome niche in Bowie’s catalogue, not least because Bowie himself has changed his own opinion toward it many times in his career. The back-of-fag-packet-précis for the album is simple: rock star kills creation (Ziggy Stardust) that gives him the success he had so long craved and headed off to America to immerse himself in the music that had been his first love – R&B.

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.

Young Americans is a stylistic postcard of all the music that was absorbing Bowie at the time, however is not a straightforward reading of soul.

As the more personal and open Bowie appears to be as he emotes throughout, the more distant he becomes. As a result of this detachment, Young Americans can be seen as, overall, slightly peculiar, but how wonderfully peculiar it is – for example, “Young Americans”, simply a masterpiece, the luscious “Can You Hear Me?”, (arguably one of Bowie’s greatest self-penned ballads); the widescreen aspirations of the title track; and Bowie’s finest foray into funk, “Fame”, are among his very best work.

Young Americans dabbled in all Bowie's then commonplace themes of loneliness, despair and alienation, but, because it has lite-jazz saxophonist David Sanborn and, in his first major recording session, Luther Vandross on it, it somehow comes with a permanent shrug of dismissal always being placed well below the Ziggy era and the Berlin trilogy.

Young Americans holds its own place in the ever evolving world of David Bowie. It confused people at the time, but it’s without doubt brilliant and essential Bowie.

This album is a 45th Anniversary limited edition on 180 gram heavyweight gold coloured vinyl with reproduced artwork housed in a textured matte sleeve, pressed in Europe via Parlophone Records.

(10983)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Young Americans

5:10

A2

Win

4:44

A3

Fascination

5:43

A4

Right

4:13

B1

Somebody Up There Likes Me

6:30

B2

Across The Universe

4:30

B3

Can You Hear Me

5:04

B4

Fame

4:17

SKU 10983
Record Label Parlophone Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number DB 74764
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 18 September 2020
Original Release Date (Year) 07 March 1975
Barcode # 0190295273309
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Gold Coloured Vinyl, Reproduced Artwork, 45th Anniversary Edition, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Gold
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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