Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. Aladdin Sane followed up Ziggy Stardust, and is hence the first Bowie record made whilst already a success. Includes ‘The Jean Genie’ and ‘Drive-In Saturday’. This LP release uses the 2013 remasters.
Vinyl LP £18.98 0825646289431
180g vinyl reissue LP on Parlophone - 2013 remaster.
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8/10 Penrith Steve 10th February 2016“Aladdin Sane”, released in 1973, followed two of Bowie’s best albums, 1971’s “Hunky Dory” and 1972’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars”. It doesn’t quite match up to them but it’s still a classic and does have its moments. “Watch That Man” is a great piece of lose, rock ‘n’ roll and the doo-wop pastiche “Drive-in Saturday” and the punchy blues-rock of “The Jean Jeanie” are up there with Bowie’s best. With songs such as “Aladdin Sane 1913-1938-197?” and the closing track “Lady Grinning Soul” he begins to explore his inner Scott Walker – a style he would return to frequently with songs such as “Wild Is The Wind” from “Station To Station”. “Time” made an impression on me from an early age – I was far too young to hear the line, “Time he flexes like a whore/Falls wanking to the floor” when I first heard it, innocently exploring my uncle’s record collection. I just don’t find "Aladdin Sane" as cohesive as its two brilliant predecessors.
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