DAVID BOWIE
Young Americans
(Virgin / EMI)

 

Following his lengthy skyrocket ride to the top with guitarist, the late great Mick Ronson and the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie fully morphed into an extraterrestrial with a Diamond Dogs daze and was beamed back to earth late in 1974 as the psychedeli-sized soul incarnate of Bing Crosby. Famous forever for that great blowing sax intro to the title track by David Sanborn, the album Young Americans was a watershed moment in the post Nixon ‘70s pop culture era with old Dick even mentioned in the cut “Young Americans”. The album was Bowie turned loose in the world of cosmic soul music. Adorned with that killer artwork, Young Americans has incredible playing all round, including Bowie’s first recorded works with guitarists Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick. Underrated and maybe better than Station To Station, in retrospect Young Americans was so much more amazing on tracks with John Lennon, the late great Luther Vandross, singer Ava Cherry and loads more, making it a pivotal moment from 1975. Young Americans was reissued in 2007 as a double disc set with a bonus DVD enhanced by interviews and a pair of live period piece video clips from the Dick Cavett show. Tons of new liner notes and a pair of bonus tracks cut around the same time enhance this forever vital Bowie favorite. www.davidbowie.com

 

 
   
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