Young Americans

~ Release group by David Bowie

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Young AmericansDavid Bowie12" Vinyl8
  • GB1975-03-07
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)RS 1006
Young AmericansDavid Bowie12" Vinyl8
  • US1975-03-08
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle), MainManAPL1-0998[none]
Young AmericansDavid BowieCD8
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)PD809980035628099822
Young AmericansDavid BowieCD8
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)PCD1-0998078635099829
Young AmericansDavid BowieCD11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDEMD 1021, CDP 79 6436 20077779643622
Young Americans (Ryko remaster)David BowieCD11
RykodiscRCD 10140014431014024
Young Americans (Ryko remaster)David BowieCD11
RykodiscRCD 80140014431814020
Young Americans (rights society: bel BIEM)David BowieCD8
  • DE1999-09-03
  • GB1999-09-06
  • XE1999-09
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)521 9050, 7243 521905 0 8724352190508
Young AmericansDavid BowieEnhanced CD8
  • US1999-09-28
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)7243 521905 0 8724352190508
Young AmericansDavid BowieEnhanced CD8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)521 9050, 521905 0724352190508
Young AmericansDavid BowieCD8
  • JP2007-02-07
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-701484988006850576
Young Americans (special edition)David BowieCD + DVD-Video11 + 25
  • GB2007-03-19
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)0946 3 51258 2 5, 0946 3 51258 9 4, 0946 3 51259 2 4094635125825
Young AmericansDavid BowieDigital Media11
  • XW2007-03-19
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)094635125856
Young Americans (special edition)David BowieCD + DVD-Video11 + 25
  • US2007-06-05
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries), EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)0946 3 51260 2 0094635126020
Young AmericansDavid BowieSHM-CD8
  • JP2009-11-25
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-950484988006876330
Young AmericansDavid BowieEnhanced CD8
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)219055-PRL2724352190508
Young AmericansDavid BowieDigital Media8
Warner Music (global imprint of Warner Music Group, 'W' logo either with "Warner Music" or no text)190295990329
Young AmericansDavid BowieCD8
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)R2-219055190295990350
Young AmericansDavid BowieEnhanced CD8Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)2-219055724352190508

Relationships

included in:The 24K Gold Collection – Golden Years
Who Can I Be Now? 1974–1976
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/20174 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/9dcz [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/david_bowie/young_americans/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000098919 [info]
Wikidata:Q765031 [info]

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*Young Americans *has always occupied a troublesome niche in David Bowie's catalogue, not least because Bowie himself has changed his own opinion toward it many times in his career. The back-of-fag-packet-précis for the album is simple: rock star kills creation (Ziggy Stardust) that gives him the success he had so long craved and headed off to America to immerse himself in the music that had been his first love – R&B.;

Recording at Philadelphia's Sigma Sound studios in 1974, this album is a stylistic postcard of all the music that was absorbing Bowie at the time. Young Americans, however is not a straightforward reading of soul. As the more personal and open Bowie appears to be as he emotes throughout, the more distant he becomes. As a result of this detachment, *Young Americans *can be seen as, overall, slightly queer (in the old sense of the word). But how wonderfully queer it is – for example, the luscious "Can You Hear Me?", (arguably Bowie's greatest self-penned ballad); the widescreen aspirations of the title track; and Bowie's finest foray into funk, "Fame", are among his very best work.

Young Americans dabbled in all Bowie's then commonplace themes of loneliness, despair and alienation, but, because it has lite-jazz saxophonist David Sanborn and, in his first major recording session, Luther Vandross on it, it somehow comes with a permanent shrug of dismissal from serious-minded Bowiephiles who always place the album well below the Ziggy era and the Berlin trilogy. It's well worth reappraisal, and with the bonus DVD content and the reinstatement of three bonus tracks from the early CD issue, it's another feather in the cap for EMI's ongoing Bowie release programme.