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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 flavour, 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.
LP - Remastered 180 Gram Vinyl with textured sleeve.
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Across The Universe
Can You Hear Me
Label: Parlophone Parlophone Parlophone
Catalogue numbers: DB 74764
Record Company-Warner Music Group
Phonographic Copyright (p)-Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co.
Copyright (c)-Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co.
Copyright (c)-Parlophone Records Ltd.
Licensed To-Parlophone Records Ltd.
Published By-Jones Music America
Published By-ARZO Publishing
Published By-Colgems-EMI Music Inc.
Published By-EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Published By-Chrysalis Music
Published By-RZO Music Ltd.
Published By-Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Published By-Elvee-Deekay Music
Published By-EMI April Music
Published By-Uncle Ronnie's Music Co.
Published By-Colgems EMI
Published By-Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Published By-Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd.
Published By-Unitunes Music
Published By-Lenono Music
Recorded At-Sigma Sound Studios
Recorded At-Electric Lady Studios
Mixed At-Sound House
Mixed At-Record Plant
Pressed By-Optimal Media GmbH
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Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)