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Aladdin Sane: Remastered Enhanced, Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording reissued
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00001OH7Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
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1. Watch That Man (1999 Digital Remaster)
2. Aladdin Sane (1999 Digital Remaster)
3. Drive In Saturday (1999 Digital Remaster)
4. Panic In Detroit (1999 Digital Remaster)
5. Cracked Actor (1999 Digital Remaster)
6. Time (1999 Digital Remaster)
7. The Prettiest Star (1999 Digital Remaster)
8. Let's Spend The Night Together (1999 Digital Remaster)
9. The Jean Genie (1999 Digital Remaster)
10. Lady Grinning Soul (1999 Digital Remaster)

Product Description

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 1970s. 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
*** 40th Anniversary Edition - 2013 Remaster ***

Bowie fans have had their fair share of reissue rehashes - 'Anniversary' markers on Seventies Classics that crassly milk an endless reservoir of affection. Yawns and sighs can only have greeted the announcement of yet another. But that is until you actually 'hear' this astonishing 2013 audio overhaul.

Hot on the heels of a 20th and 30th Anniversary CD remaster of Bowie's "Aladdin Sane" (both with bonus tracks) - here comes a straightforward transfer of the 1973 LP in April 2013 as a '40th Anniversary' reissue (41:47 minutes). This time it's been done in conjunction with David and remaster engineer RAY STAFF - assisted by Kevin Reeve and Jo Blair who co-ordinated the project for EMI. Kevin Reeve is a name familiar to me - his credentials have popped up many times when I'm trawling for quality remasters. Reeve has in fact done large swathes of much-praised reissues for Universal (see my Tag for their "Originals" series). But the aural hero this time is one RAY STAFF - who needs to be put on DB's staff retainer-list right away. What a job he's done. His name was always Buddy and here are the painted-face details...

1. Watch That Man
2. Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-19??)
3. Drive-In Saturday
4. Panic In Detroit
5. Cracked Actor
6. Time
7. The Prettiest Star
8. Let's Spend The Night Together
9. The Jean Genie
10. Lady grinning Soul

Released on CD April 2013 - "Aladdin Sane: 40th Anniversary Edition" is on EMI DBAS 40 (Barcode 5099993447423) and reproduces the April 1973 UK/USA vinyl LP packaging of RCA Records RS 1001.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Morgan on 20 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
One of the few missteps in the 'Rough Guide to Rock' is that it describes this as tinny-sounding and fails to select it as one of his best. WRONG! It was the first I really got into and one of my teenhood's favourite memories is hearing the screaming guitar of 'Watch That Man' and wondering about "Jung the foreman [who]prayed at work" as we were beguiled by this weird genius on Top of the Pops, a semi-spaceman in odd clothes who sang about stuff we'd never heard the like of....plying a new sort of ballad he pioneered, in his wailing, wonderful voice, the Beck-influenced Ronson the perfect complement in sound and vision: Hull bottle-blond roughboy with effete Beckenhamite. Wow, didn't see THAT coming, no-one did. 'The Jean Genie' had rather silly lyrics - got me into Genet though ('based' on him' as some opined is a stretch) - on which hung one of THE great riffs and a brilliant finale; 'Watch that Man', while having the vocal subdued, still has a mania that is really excited; 'The Prettiest Star' is truly, er, sweet, it really is tender; nice bit of piano vamping in the off- key Modern jazz style as Mike Garson introduces 'Let's Spend the Night Together' and the interpretation veritably scampers, racy guitar to match; 'Time' (not just the in-your-ear-ruderie also "the sniper in the brain" indeed) with Garson's twinkling piano; "Lady Grinning Soul" so beautiful it seems to tower, the control is just tremendous, with that superb voice to the fore; 'Cracked Actor' with its scornful rich man's cynicism ("forget that I'm 50 cos you just got paid") married to superb snarling guitar. Far from being 'tinny' it is actually a rich-sounding, textured and HEAVY collection of quite brilliant songs...Read more ›
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan on 16 April 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If it has "David Bowie" on the cover, I tend to buy. Hence I've now got the 40th Anniversary version of this disc to go along with that last anniversary disc, the EMI release, the Japanese Mini LP, The Rykodisc release and original RCA. Oh, and the vinyl from yesteryear. Why? Obsessive compulsion I guess. All these "remasterings" can get a bit much, can things really get better?

I'm pretty sure there will be plenty of people following on from this review who will be hailing this as the definitive version, or saying it's "close to the vinyl" - you'd think 40 years after the first release of this recording we'd be demanding it to sound better, not the same. But I digress.

First the sound - is it better than ever before? I don't think so. I think it's on a par. It sounds nice, there is a ton of detail, everything is as it should be. But if someone is perfectly happy with the last version, I really don't see this one changing much. I found the previous reissue of Ziggy Stardust in a 2013 remaster a little brittle (which pits me against those who proclaimed it as some kind of sonic revolution). This doesn't suffer from that, so that's a plus. For example the cymbal hits in Panic in Detroit can be a problem on this record, yet they're nicely contained here.

Frankly this album has been reissued so many times surely the only way it could sound significantly better is if some new technology is created, or high-resolution versions become available. Improvements are always going to be marginal at this point. Yet people like myself keep hoping and dreaming, and buying!

In short then, yes this sounds excellent, it is perhaps equal to the very best this album has ever sounded - at least in my collection.
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