RELEASE DATE: 14-04-2023
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50th Anniversary Edition / Picture Disc / Limited Edition
Originally released on 13th April 1973 Aladdin Sane will mark it’s 50th anniversary in 2023. To celebrate this two new vinyl versions of this iconic album will be released: a Half Speed master and a Picture Disc.
April 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s ALADDIN SANE, originally released just ten months after his breakthrough album THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS. The title track and songs such as ‘Panic In Detroit,' ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ and ‘Time’ marked a significant musical progression, adding brass, woodwind, soulful backing vocals and the distinctive piano of Mike Garson. On 14th April, 2023, one week before its Golden Jubilee, ALADDIN SANE will be issued as a limited edition 50th anniversary half-speed mastered LP and a picture disc LP pressed from the same master.
The album was preceded by two singles ‘The Jean Genie’ and ‘Drive-In Saturday’, peaking in the U.K. singles chart at numbers 2 and 3 respectively, and was the first time Bowie topped the U.K. album charts. It also marked his debut on the U.S. top 20 album chart, where ‘Time’ and ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ were follow ups to the ‘The Jean Genie’.
The cover of ALADDIN SANE has become one of the most striking and memorable images in rock n roll history and is thought to be the most expensive produced up to that point. The cover photograph was taken by Brian Duffy, who would also shoot the sleeves for 1979’s LODGER and 1980’s SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS) and features Bowie with the iconic red and blue lightning bolt make-up, an image which has staked out an indelible spot in the planet’s cultural lexicon.
This new pressing of ALADDIN SANE was cut on a customised late Neumann VMS80 lathe with fully recapped electronics from 192kHz restored masters of the original master tapes, with no additional processing on transfer. The half-speed was cut by John Webber at AIR Studios.
Bowie described ALADDIN SANE as ‘Ziggy Goes To Washington: Ziggy under the influence of America’. The album was to be Ziggy Stardust's last stand, and the persona was laid to rest three months after the album's release in July 1973 at the infamous final show with the Spiders From Mars at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
TRACKS: 1. Watch That Man 2. Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) 3. Drive-In Saturday 4. Panic In Detroit 5. Cracked Actorside Two 6. Time 7. The Prettiest Star 8. Let's Spend the Night Together 9. The Jean Genie 10. Lady Grinning Soul