Although the gigantic amount of material that David Bowie recorded means that it's easy for his songs to get lost in the shuffle, this album holds an important place not just in the history of his career but in the development of Anglo-American rock music generally. The singer-songwriter has let loose a manic energy that's as gripping as it's also confusing. Taken just as a rock and roll album, though, the release is fantastic on its own terms. "The Jean Genie" in particular is appropriately remembered from this album as one of Bowie's best singles.
Aladdin Sane was the sixth studio album by David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1973. The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, it was the first album he wrote and released from a position of stardom.
Aladdin Sane was described by Bowie himself as simply "Ziggy goes to America"; most of the tracks were observations he composed on the road during his 1972 US tour, which accounted for the place names following each song title on the original record labels. Biographer Christopher Sandford believed the album showed that Bowie "was simultaneously appalled and fixated by America".
(*Watch "Jean Genie" music-video*)
Aladdin Sane is definitely not one of my favorite David Bowie albums. I found that most of the songs had a somewhat "rushed" feeling to them like Bowie had hastily written them in order to fulfill his contractual obligations through RCA Records.
Released in 1973, Aladdin Sane would be Bowie's 6th offering and it succeeded in confirming his status as a bona fide rock star on both sides of the Atlantic.
Out of the 10 tracks on this vintage, rock'n'roll CD only 3 songs really appealed to me, and they were - The Jean Genie, Watch That Man, and Drive-In Saturday.
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