Aladdin Sane

~ Release group by David Bowie


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Aladdin Sane 12" Vinyl 10 RCA Victor RS 1001 [none]
Aladdin Sane 12" Vinyl 10 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) RCA-6100
Aladdin Sane 12" Vinyl 10 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) LSP-4852 [none]
Aladdin Sane Reel-to-reel 10 RCA Victor EPPA 4852-C [none]
Aladdin Sane (ltd edition picture disc) 12" Vinyl 10 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) BOPIC 1 [none]
Aladdin Sane CD 10 RCA Victor PCD1-4852 07863548522
Aladdin Sane CD 10 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) PD 83890 0035628389022
Aladdin Sane CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDEMC 3579, CDP 79 4768 2 0077779476824
Aladdin Sane (w/ barcode) CD 10 Rykodisc RCD 10135 014431013522
Aladdin Sane CD 10 Rykodisc RCD 10135
Aladdin Sane CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 521902 0 1 724352190201
Aladdin Sane CD 10 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”) 7243 5 21902 0 1 724352190201
Aladdin Sane 12" Vinyl 10 Simply Vinyl SVLP 276
Aladdin Sane (30th Anniversary Edition) 2×Copy Control CD 10 + 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 5 83120 2, 5 83121 2, 5 83122 2, 7243 5 83120 2 7, 7243 5 83121 2 6, 7243 5 83122 2 5 724358312027
Aladdin Sane CD 10 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-70145 4988006849815
Aladdin Sane SHM-CD 10 EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint) TOCP-95045 4988006876002
Aladdin Sane (40th anniversary edition) CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) DBAS 40 5099993447423
Aladdin Sane (40th anniversary edition) CD 10 USM Japan (read the annotation before using!) TOCP-71510 4988006553422
Aladdin Sane Enhanced CD 10 Parlophone 219022-PRL2 724352190201
Aladdin Sane (2013 remaster, 2015 reissue) CD 10 Parlophone 0825646283392 825646283392
Aladdin Sane (2013 remaster) CD 10 Parlophone RP2-219022 825646283392
Aladdin Sane Digital Media 10 [none]
Aladdin Sane (unknown) 14


associated singles/EPs: Drive‐In Saturday
included in: Five Years 1969–1973
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 279)
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From the first crashing chord of ''Watch That Man'' you know that this is a rock'n' roll album. If Ziggy Stardust was his Sgt. Pepper (a loose-fitting concept about an alter-ego rock band, but staggeringly good songs), then Aladdin Sane is Bowie's Exile on Main Street and, as if to prove a point, there's even a cover of a Stones song on here: the staunch rocker ''Let's Spend the Night Together''.

The riffs come thick and fast. Mick Ronson might lack Keith Richards' blues licks - he plays guitar like a Hull mechanic, which was pretty much what he was when he joined the Spiders from Mars - but boy, can he play. Listen to ''Jean Genie'', ''Cracked Actor'' and ''Panic In Detroit''. Ronson's six-string shuffle turns his guitar's sound into something that chases you with teeth.

Bowie described this album as 'Ziggy in America', and the rock'n' roll is certainly more down to earth than its predecessor, with the notable exception of the space-age ''Drive in Saturday'', the other-worldly ''Lady Grinning Soul'' and ''Time'', with its echoes of pre-war Berlin cabaret neatly prefiguring Bowie's own sojourn in that city in the later Seventies. Mott the Hoople turned down ''Drive in Saturday'' as a follow up to ''All the Young Dudes'', which was a shame perhaps, but Bowie's recording is wonderfully atmospheric, and it is difficult to imagine anyone else capturing that languid 'Gee it's hot, let's go to bed' feel in quite the same way. 'Pour me out another phone', he sighs, before name-checking Twiggy and someone called Buddy.

Pianist Mike Garson is consistently great throughout this album, and an important adjunct to the Bowie house-band. His weary, decadent piano - put to particular good use on the title track -''Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)'' - was one of the album's talking points when it was first released in 1973. It's lost none of its freeform, jazzy sparkle in thirty years and still sounds as Jackson Pollock's blobs might, had they been splattered onto sheet music instead of canvas.

The bonus disc accompanying this 30th anniversary pressing comprises four relatively interesting tracks - Bowie's own 1973 recording of ''All the Young Dudes'', a sax version of his 1972 hit, ''John, Im Only Dancing'', and the single mixes of ''Time'' and ''Jean Genie'' - and various live out-takes from American gigs of the Seventies.

Aladdin Sane is one of the finest forty-five minutes in rock. 'Crack, baby, crack; show me you're real' he demands on ''Cracked Actor'': a chameleon lost, for one glorious moment, in his own camouflage.