David Bowie

Aladdin Sane - RCA 1973

Tracks:1. Watch That Man / 2. Aladdin Sane / 3. Drive In Saturday / 4. Panic In Detroit / 5. Cracked Actor / 6. Time / 7. The Prettiest Star / 8. Let's Spend The Night Together / 9. The Jean Genie / 10. Lady Grinning Soul // 1. John, I'm Only Dancing (Sax Version) / 2. The Jean Genie (Single ) / 3. Time (Single Edit) / 4. All The Young Dudes / 5. Changes (Live) / 6. The Supermen (Live) / 7. Life On Mars? (*) / 8. John, I'm Only Dancing / 9. The Jean Genie / 10. Drive In Saturday (*)


Aladdin Sane is an album that I've found a little hard to review. Like its predecessor, "Ziggy Stardust" the album has received classic status, but although there are many fine tracks on "AS", I don't think the album reaches level of its predecessor.

The album contains some fine straight ahead rockers like the opening track "Watch That Man", which is reminiscent of both Chuck Berry and "Suffragette City" from "ZS" The album's strongest, though, is "The Jean Genie", which was also one of two big hits. "Panic in Detroit" and "Cracked Actor" are more in T-Rex style, and certainly among the more memorable numbers.

Among the more melodic tracks "Drive in Saturday" is a favourite, a song that could well have fitted into Ziggy Stardust and also the album's second big hit.

Title track "Alladin Sane" is definitely also one of the most exciting numbers, unfortunately, it may appear a bit longwinded and the crooked piano and saxophone solos are not easily grasped. Ballads "Time" and "The Grinning Soul" are both okay, but not really that memorable.

"The prettiest Star" is a little Musichallish, and basically just weary. "Let's Spend the Night Together" is a completely unnecessary copy of one Rolling Stones' weaker hits.

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