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The second most important moment in Bowie's glam period, Aladdin Sane is full of smart, cutting-edge songs that hold up decades later as classic moments in rock. Standout tracks include "Panic in Detroit," with Mick Ronson's screaming guitars and Mick Woodmansey's urgent drumming; "Watch that Man," a piano-driven, rollicking number perfect for the Bowie strut; the lascivious and sweaty "Cracked Actor"; the punky "Jean Genie"; and a perfectly raucous cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together." "Time" hearkens back to the theatrics of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, while "Drive in Saturday," "The Prettiest Star," and "Lady Grinning Soul" serve as precursors to Bowie's "plastic soul" sounds that came later in the '70s. Aladdin Sane is even more impressive when considering that the same year this album was made, Bowie was also working with artists like Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, producing some of their most heralded works (the Stooges' Raw Power and Reed's Transformer). --Lorry Fleming
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Jon | Tulsa, OK | 02/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a pianist/keyboardist, it's SO nice (and fitting) to see how many have taken notice of Mike Garson's stunning contributions to this classic disc! That being said, the entire band shines, as do David's writing and singing. This was my entrance to the wonderful world of Bowie's glam period, and it makes my jaw drop to this day.
Listening to the mp3 download clips, it appears that the 1999 remastering took care of the album's ONLY flaw: An odd mix that left the vocals struggling to be heard.
If you don't already have this, GET... IT... NOW! It is a life-changing piece of art."