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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.
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
Barcodes & Identifiers:
Barcode-0 190295 990343
Matrix / Runout-DB 74765 A
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Matrix / Runout-BG28984-01 A₁ 0190295990343
Matrix / Runout-BG28984-01 B₁ 0190295990343
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)