David Bowie 8/13/20

In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of David Bowie‘s 1975 Young Americans collection, the album will be reissued on September 18th. Parlophone Records will release a special limited edition “brick and mortar” exclusive gold vinyl edition of the classic set.

Young Americans, which was Bowie’s ninth studio album, created a sound during sessions in Philadelphia and New York that he described as “Plastic Soul.” The collection featured the a Top 30 hit with its title R&B-tinged track, and was a huge departure for Bowie. John Lennon appeared on two tracks — a remake of his Beatles‘ classic “Across The Universe” as well as co-writing the song that became Bowie’s first Number One hit — the two-week chart-topper, “Fame.”

Only days before his death in 1980, John Lennon looked back fondly on his brief — but powerful — collaboration with David Bowie: [“Bowie was around and we were talkin’ and that — he’d say, ‘Come down,’ and I found myself doin’ that. So, he’s fiddlin’ round, he writes ’em in the studio. Y’know, he goes in with about four words and a few guys and stars layin’ down this stuff. And he has virtually nothing — he’s makin’ it up in the studio. So, I just contributed whatever I contributed, y’know? Like, backwards piano and (sings) ‘oooh,’ and a couple of things — repeat of ‘Fame.’ And then we needed a middle-eight, so we took some Stevie Wonder middle-eight and did it backwards (laughs), y’know — we made a record out of it, right? So, he got his first Number One — so I felt that was, like, a karmic thing, y’know, with me and Elton (John) I got my first Number One (with ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’) and I passed it on to Bowie and he got his first Number One — and I like that track, y’know?”] SOUNDCUE (:37 OC: . . . that track, y’know)

The tracklisting to the 45th anniversary edition of David Bowie’s Young Americans:

Side 1
“Young Americans”
“Win”
“Fascination”
“Right”
 
Side 2
“Somebody Up There Likes Me”
“Across The Universe”
“Can You Hear Me”
“Fame”

TL; DR

  • In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of David Bowie‘s 1975 Young Americans collection the album will be reissued on September 18th in limited edition gold vinyl.

FAST FACTS

  • David Bowie‘s Young Americans was released on March 7th, 1975 and was produced by Bowie, Harry Maslin, and Tony Visconti.
  • Young Americans peaked at Number Nine in the U.S. and Number Two in Britain.
  • The album’s title track peaked at Number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Fame” scoring Bowie the first of his two career U.S. Number One singles.