Young Americans

~ Release group by David Bowie

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Young Americans 12" Vinyl 8 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) RS 1006
Young Americans 12" Vinyl 8 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle), MainMan APL1-0998 [none]
Young Americans CD 8 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) PD80998 0035628099822
Young Americans CD 8 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) PCD1-0998 078635099829
Young Americans CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDEMD 1021, CDP 79 6436 2 0077779643622
Young Americans CD 11 Rykodisc RCD 10140 014431014024
Young Americans CD 11 Rykodisc RCD 80140 014431814020
Young Americans (rights society: bel BIEM) CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 521 9050, 7243 521905 0 8 724352190508
Young Americans Enhanced CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 521 9050, 521905 0 724352190508
Young Americans CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-70148 4988006850576
Young Americans (special edition) CD + DVD-Video 11 + 25 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0946 3 51258 2 5, 0946 3 51258 9 4, 0946 3 51259 2 4 094635125825
Young Americans Digital Media 11 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and its subsidiaries) 094635125856
Young Americans (special edition) CD + DVD-Video 11 + 25 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and its subsidiaries), EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0946 3 51260 2 0 094635126020
Young Americans SHM-CD 8 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-95048 4988006876330
Young Americans Enhanced CD 8 Parlophone 2-219055 724352190508

Relationships

Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000098919 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/20174 [info]
Wikidata: Q765031 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Young Americans (album) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/david_bowie/young_americans/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/9dcz [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.