David Bowie lives on, with a whole bunch of reissues coming out on Parlophone. 1975’s Young Americans is the prime example of Bowie in ‘plastic soul’ mode, successfully mixing funky American styles with his strange white Englishness. Features ‘Fame’, ‘Across The Universe’ and the title track. CD / LP editions.
Vinyl LP £15.49 0190295990343
Remastered 180g vinyl LP on Parlophone.
CD £12.49 0190295990350
Remastered CD on Parlophone.
9/10 Ross Holloway 28th March 2017
One of my favourite Bowie albums, and the first in a sequence of four albums - this one, Station to Station, Low and Heroes -, which for me are Bowie's greatest. Obviously you know this is where Luther Vandross got his big break, helping Bowie reimagine his music and Philly soul and funk.
Here he re-tools the grooves of contemporary Black American music, in much the same way that he use the grooves of contemporary German electronic music in his following albums, to his own ends. The songs are all pretty emotionally intense and this tension with the dance floor and introspection works really well. Fascination and Win are probably my favourite songs, and Fame is probably the best known.
I also think maybe the only album sleeve art designed specifically for 8 track cartridge tape. The front sleeve design is scaled perfectly for 8-track, but on record means there's a big black going down the left-hand side of sleeve.
8/10 Jack 6th February 2017
After Diamond Dogs, the world was thrown off balance again with Bowie's rumours of hanging out in a Philadelphia studio with fans sleeping at the stage door. It was the same city he recorded the Diamond Dogs tour - the `City of Brotherly Love'. Black/White Soul Love music from Bowie? No way. Yes way. Although it was a strong departure, Young Americans has become one of those Bowie albums that are so unique and distinct in its character that you either love it or hate it. It's all true soul funk with the magical backup of the late Luther Vandross's voice.
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