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Thread: Album Club, August 2018: David Bowie - 'Aladdin Sane'

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    Default Album Club, August 2018: David Bowie - 'Aladdin Sane'

    This month’ Album Club choice comes courtesy of Ian (Ian7632) with David Bowie’s 'Aladdin Sane'. As always please listen to the album in its entirety before you comment and/or vote.

    David Bowie – ‘Aladdin Sane’

    For this month’s Album Club I've chosen Aladdin Sane by David Bowie. This is my favourite Bowie album for many reasons. It was the first one I heard as a kid, my brother played it to death and as the years passed and I heard more I still went back to Aladdin Sane.

    Released in 1973 it met with mixed reviews, some loving it and others disappointed it wasn't more like Ziggy Stardust. It is quite different from Ziggy, more melodic and dare I say more of a rock album and more American than anything previous. It came in his most creative period and was followed by Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs and Young Americans before his Berlin period.

    From the first track Watch that man, you know he's moved on from Ziggy, hard guitars and a driving rhythm. Then comes the title track Aladdin Sane, a sumptuous and stylish blend of simple sounding but complicated guitars and bass, almost romantic piano and the most astonishing and stunningly beautiful piano solo performed by Mike Garson. It's quite a busy track despite being so laid back. Two singles came from the album: 'Drive in Saturday' and 'Jean Genie'. There's a powerful cover of The Rolling Stone's 'Let's Spend the Night Together' and the album is rounded off with the beautiful 'Lady Grinning Soul'.

    The Wikipedia entry has some very interesting information about the concept and creation of Aladdin Sane

    I really hope you like it. One thing I will mention is that the latest version on vinyl is not the best exercise in re-mastering, the best modern version I've heard is the 30th anniversary release with a second CD of studio and live performances.

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    As Yes, A truly good album and a great cover.. This and its predecessor, Ziggy were regular players for me in my teenage days as light entertainment from my usual Sabbath/Zep usual "A lad Insane" s i call it or Love Aladdin Vein as it was originally going to be is well worth a listen if youve not heard it.
    good write up ian...

    i'll give it 8
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    It's a great album but I do prefer his debut album, Hunkydory, Scary monsters, and of course Spiders.

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    This era Bowie for me will always be 10/10 so that's what I have voted. I still have my vinyl edition I bought the day it was released, the price label on it is £7.99 which is incredible really when you think what we pay for music now, it's almost too cheap but people still don't want to buy it!

    Great choice
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    I prefer German period and later Bowie.
    Regards Neil

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    I find myself going through his different incarnations and feeling the characters he becomes, their style and emotion......sorry, bit gushy there. From the very early material, Ziggy and the American period, Berlin and the Glass Spider phase, the 90's and later through to Black Star which sends a shiver down my spine now, his last gift to us. Yes, I'm a Bowie fan no doubt
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    I gave it 8, but perhaps should have been 9 as it was close behind my all time favourite of any album Hunky Dory.

    High points for me are the title track (for that piano), and Time. We should be on by now!
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    I like lots of early Bowie.

    There is always the odd track I think is strange but this album gets an 8/10 from me.
    Thanks for suggesting as I had listened to this in ages.
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    'That' Piano solo change the game for me...
    T'was a spring board towards Monk, and a whole genre of music then opened up.

    This record still sends tingles when i very rarely play it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WESTLOWER View Post
    'That' Piano solo change the game for me...
    T'was a spring board towards Monk, and a whole genre of music then opened up.

    This record still sends tingles when i very rarely play it.
    When I played this album through last month and it came to 'that piano', Mrs. P got up and left the room quickly, saying 'this is crap', and the cat looked at me as if to say 'you bastard', before also leaving the room. IT'S THAT GOOD.

    I assume Monk is a band. I should check that out.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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