David Bowie will release a 40th anniversary edition of his groundbreaking “Aladdin Sane” album on April 15.
Originally released April 13, 1973, “Aladdin Sane” was Bowie’s sixth album, co-produced by the singer and Ken Scott. It was created during an incredibly busy time for Bowie – 1972’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” had made him a massive star in the UK and he was touring extensively in the US, where most of the album’s songs were written whilst on the road.
Recorded at Trident Studios, London and RCA Studios, New York and Nashville, between October ’72 and January ‘73, it was be to be the last album that the Spiders’ line-up of Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals), Trevor Bolder (bass) and Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey (drums) would appear on. It was to feature the debut of one of Bowie’s new collaborators, avant-jazz pianist Mike Garson. In addition to vocals, Bowie himself played guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone on the album.
Described by Bowie as ‘Ziggy goes to America,’ “Aladdin Sane” saw him create a rockier, more frenetic album than its predecessor. In its day, pre-orders for the album in the UK were a staggering 100,000 (not seen since the heyday of The Beatles). It was Bowie’s first UK #1 album, and a US Billboard #17 album.
This 40th anniversary edition has been remastered by Ray Staff at London’s AIR Studios. Ray cut the original LP during his time at Trident Studios and has received plaudits for his remastering of the “Ziggy Stardust” 40th anniversary edition last year.
Aladdin Sane 40th Anniversary Edition tracklisting:
01. Watch That Man
02. Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
03. Drive-In Saturday
04. Panic In Detroit
05. Cracked Actor
07. The Prettiest Star
08. Let's Spend the Night Together
09. The Jean Genie
10. Lady Grinning Soul
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