Young Americans [Japan Reissue]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
David Bowie had dropped hints during the Diamond Dogs tour that he was moving toward R&B, but the full-blown blue-eyed soul of Young Americans came as a shock. Surrounding himself with first-rate sessionmen, Bowie comes up with a set of songs that approximate the sound of Philly soul and disco, yet remain detached from their inspirations; even at his most passionate, Bowie sounds like a commentator, as if the entire album was a genre exercise. Nevertheless, the distance doesn't hurt the album -- it gives the record its own distinctive flavor, and its plastic, robotic soul helped inform generations of synthetic British soul. What does hurt the record is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
David Bowie had dropped hints during the Diamond Dogs tour that he was moving toward R&B, but the full-blown blue-eyed soul of Young Americans came as a shock. Surrounding himself with first-rate sessionmen, Bowie comes up with a set of songs that approximate the sound of Philly soul and disco, yet remain detached from their inspirations; even at his most passionate, Bowie sounds like a commentator, as if the entire album was a genre exercise. Nevertheless, the distance doesn't hurt the album -- it gives the record its own distinctive flavor, and its plastic, robotic soul helped inform generations of synthetic British soul. What does hurt the record is a lack of strong songwriting. "Young Americans" is a masterpiece, and "Fame" has a beat funky enough that James Brown ripped it off, but only a handful of cuts "Win," "Fascination," "Somebody up There Likes Me" comes close to matching their quality. As a result, Young Americans is more enjoyable as a stylistic adventure than as a substantive record. [A Japanese version of the disc was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094638233626
  • Catalog Number: 82336

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Young Americans (5:14)
  2. 2 Win (4:45)
  3. 3 Fascination (5:47)
  4. 4 Right (4:18)
  5. 5 Somebody Up There Likes Me (6:32)
  6. 6 Across the Universe (4:31)
  7. 7 Can You Hear Me (5:05)
  8. 8 Fame (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bowie Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Lennon Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Earl Slick Guitar
Luther Vandross Vocals, Background Vocals
Mike Garson Piano
David Sanborn Saxophone
Ava Cherry Background Vocals
Robin Clark Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar Guitar
Dennis Davis Drums
Jeanie Fineberg Background Vocals
Anthony Hinton Background Vocals
Emir Kassan Bass
Jean Millington Background Vocals
Andy Newmark Drums
Warren Peace Background Vocals
Pablo Rosario Percussion
Larry Washington Percussion
Willie Weeks Bass, Bass Guitar
Diane Sumler Background Vocals
Michael Garson Keyboards
Ralph McDonald Percussion
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Luther Vandross Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Carlos Alomar Composer
Eddie Kramer Engineer
Harry Maslin Producer, Engineer
Tony Visconti Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Eric Stephen Jacobs Cover Photo
Kaz Akaiwa Liner Notes
Carl Parulow Engineer
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