David Bowie Young Americans [CD + DVD]
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Format: CD (2 Discs)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: June 5, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Virgin Records US
Rolling Stone - p.744 stars out of 5 -- "The title song might be Bowie's best ever, with the rhythm inspiring his most passionate love letter to his fans."
Q - p.1344 stars out of 5 -- "For one album only, he swooped, strutted and sang lyrics like, 'sho'nuff', all of it convincing. He even sneaked in some big ideas..."
Q - 6/915 Stars - Indispensable - "From '75, 'Young Americans' saw Bowie abandon the mock-apocalyptic rock of his previous three LPs to climb aboard the Philadelphia soul train sound, 'Young Americans'' 'relentless plastic soul', as Bowie dubbed it, harnessed his writing to the feverish light funk which would, in a few years' time, mutate into world-conquering disco..."
Q - 11/99, pp.140-14 stars out of 5 - "...Bowie's first outright dabble with 'plastic soul' (his description) and provisionally entitled 'Dancin', was trademarked by floppy fringe and smart, tailored jacket, but the balmy guitar of Carlos Alomar is its true signature..."
CMJ - p.48"[With] waves of R&B vocal-backing, crests of crunchy sax work from David Sanborn and, of course, Bowie's affected-yet-restrained blues croonery."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Young Americans
- 5.Somebody Up There Likes Me
- 6.Across The Universe
- 7.Can You Hear Me
- 9.John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)
- 10.Who Can I Be Now?
- 11.It's Gonna Be Me (With Strings)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Young Americans (5.1 Mix)
- 2.Win (5.1 Mix)
- 3.Fascination (5.1 Mix)
- 4.Right (5.1 Mix)
- 5.Somebody Up There Likes Me (5.1 Mix)
- 6.Across The Universe (5.1 Mix)
- 7.Can You Hear Me (5.1 Mix)
- 8.Fame (5.1 Mix)
- 9.John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (5.1 Mix)
- 10.Who Can I Be Now? (5.1 Mix)
- 11.It's Gonna Be Me (With Strings) (5.1 Mix)
- 12.1984 (Live Performance On Dick Cavett Show, 1974)
- 13.Young Americans (Live Performance On Dick Cavett Show, 1974)
- 14.Dick Cavett Interviews David Bowie, 1974
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, piano); John Lennon (vocals, guitar); Carlos Alomar, Earl Slick (guitar); David Sanborn (saxophone); Mike Garson (piano); Willie Weeks, Emir Kassan (bass); Andy Newmark, Dennis Davis (drums); Larry Washington (congas); Pablo Rosario, Ralph McDonald (percussion); Ava Cherry, Robin Clark, Jean Fineberg, Jean Millington, Luther Vandross (background vocals).
Producers: Tony Visconti, David Bowie, Harry Maslin.
Recorded at Electric Ladyland, New York, New York.
Personnel: David Bowie (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); David Bowie; Michael Carson, Mike Garson (keyboards); Emir Kassan, Willie Weeks (bass guitar); Larry Washington (percussion); Warren Peace (background vocals); John Lennon (guitar, background vocals); Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar (guitar); David Sanborn (saxophone); Dennis Davis, Andy Newmark (drums); Ralph McDonald , Pablo Rosario (percussion); Jean Millington, Anthony Hinton, Jeanie Fineberg, Diane Sumler, Luther Vandross, Ava Cherry, Robin Clark (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Harry Maslin; Tony Visconti; David Bowie.
Audio Remasterers: Nigel Reeve; Peter Mew.
Liner Note Authors: Tony Visconti; David Buckley .
Recording information: Electric Lady, New York, NY; Record Plant, New York, NY; Sigma Sound, Philadelphia, PA.
Author: David Bowie.
Photographer: Steve Schapiro.
David Bowie abandoned the glam/sci-fi personae of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Diamond Dogs with this radical departure. Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, the home of Philadelphia International, it featured the label's crack house band and, as a result, confirmed the singer's growing love of soul and R&B. Pulsating dance grooves abound, in particular on the disco-influenced 'Fame', which topped the US singles chart. The song was co-written with John Lennon, a compliment Bowie repaid by reinventing the Beatles' 'Across The Universe' as a dancefloor classic. Such self-confidence abounds throughout this album which shows the singer firmly in command of yet another musical direction.
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