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The album is riddled with great songs, including all out classics:
WATCH THAT MAN, PANIC IN DETROIT, CRACKED ACTOR, TIME, DRIVE-IN SATURDAY, THE JEAN GENIE and the AWESOME title track!
The song ALADDIN SANE has remained nothing but amazing to me for 30 years now; beautiful, bizarre, engaging, fragile, excellent! Also includes a wildly imaginitive "insane" piano solo by one of the best...Mike Garson
One more thing...the track LADY GRINNING SOUL is one of the more underrated tracks of Bowie's career. Few songs in the world of rock emote as much raw passion, extravagance and beauty.
Also, lead guitarist Mick Ronson couldn't be better than he is on this album. The guitar is pushed up in the mix and drives it's way right into your soul
Bowie himself is totally on top of his game here. The ultimate rock star in full throttle. One thing that makes Bowie GREAT is his willingness to be completely original and different from the norm, without concern for the danger of such action. His lyrics are otherworldly and fantastic. Highly intelligent and very witty. One of the great songwriters (storytellers) of our time, as well as an amazing performer, with a penchant for the "larger than life"
Aladdin Sane really is a perfect rock album and one of the very best from 1973.
I've actually been a Bowie fan since age 6 (found my older sister's Ziggy Lp and that was that). My childhood was greatly enhanced by such magnificent music, imagery and exciting mystery that the 70's provided so well. Bowie was the Ultimate Rock star and I wouldn't trade that time of my life for anything. Totally inspiring and magical ....Read more ›
I'd much rather have commentary from Bowie about the making of the album (much as Elvis Costello did with his reissued catalog)to give the listener a sense of what went on during the recording of this classic album. Always regarded as a poor cousin to Ziggy by most critics, what this album lacks in "concept" it more than makes up for in ambitious song writing and lyrical depth. In many respects, this is a step forward from that classic album showing further development in Bowie's songwriting.
The next album, 'The Man Who Sold The World' (1971), although a good album, suffered from too many long guitar solos, repetitive themes, and lack of direction from the man himself. 'Hunky Dory' (1972) was a concerted effort of Bowie to catch up with his friends like Marc Bolan, who was riding high in the charts. Even though it was brilliant, it just failed to spark the public's imagination, or perhaps too much imagination as on the cover Bowie wore his hair long - and worse - a long dress, too.
A quick re-think, a sharpening of the sound, a haircut and dye, the stage act re-shaped, the band `The Spiders From Mars' solidified into the perfect little hard rockin' outfit of the blonde haired bombshell Mick Ronson on guitar; the impossibly side burned bassist Trevor Bolder; Mick Woodmansey on drums looking like a reject from the Bay City Rollers; and avant-garde keyboard player Mike Garson. Then came the startling appearance on Top of the Pops with the new single `Starman', and David Bowie was the most famous pop star in the world. Easy when you know how.
The Album `The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' was a massive hit around the world. But could they follow it up? Could David Bowie turn himself into a proper musician and not just some pop star here today, gone tomorrow?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dissapointment. Poorly recorded one dimensional sonics. Falls flat on good ears.Published 10 days ago by Ed lucky8
As I've said in other reviews, there is nothing I can say about this album that has not been said. I just needed to get a copy of the CD. I'm glad I have it and I'm enjoying it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Skyeblu
Delivery was fast. If you haven't heard this album you should. This is classic Bowie and is some of his best work. Starting to add more vinyl to my collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charley
Beautiful as always cracked actor will always have a special place in my heart ❤ especially the version in the ziggy movie played with harmonica wonderful magic from Mick on here... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Princess Winter
Probably not in the very top of Bowie's albums but an outstanding album nonetheless. And an iconic album cover...Published 1 month ago by SueF