David Bowie - Young Americans (Vinyl)

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Young Americans is the ninth studio album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released on 7 March 1975 by RCA Records. The album marked a departure from the glam rock style of Bowie's previous albums, showcasing his interest in soul and R&B. Initial recording sessions took place at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia with producer Tony Visconti and a variety of musicians, including guitarist Carlos Alomar, who would become one of Bowie's most frequent collaborators, and singer a then-very-young Luther Vandross. Later sessions took place at Electric Lady Studios and the Record Plant in New York City, including contributions from former Beatle John Lennon.Bowie would label the album's sound "plastic soul" and was among the first English pop musicians of the era to overtly engage with black musical styles.

LP pressing on 180-gram vinyl.


Seeing as I know close to nothing about soul music, I'm forced to review Young Americans solely within the context of David Bowie's discography (with which I'm far more familiar). From that point of view, the album isn't particularly impressive. In fact, I'd have to rank it as Bowie's least accomplished original release of the 70's (excluding the covers-only album Pin Ups). The title cut is an excellent song regardless of genre and, coming less than a year after the trashy glam fest of Diamond Dogs, demonstrates Bowie's unparalleled dexterity as a songwriter. "Fame" is another clear highlight, although I must admit that its funky art pop feel is completely incongruous with the rest of the record, while "Fascination" is upbeat and guitar-driven enough to keep me interested throughout.

By: Walter12

A1 Young Americans
A2 Win
A3 Fascination
A4 Right
B1 Somebody Up There Likes Me
B2 Across The Universe
B3 Can You Hear Me
B4 Fame

Catalogue Number: 0190295990343
Record Label: Parlophone / Warner