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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00001OH7T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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1. Young Americans (1999 Digital Remaster)
2. Win (1999 Digital Remaster)
3. Fascination (1999 Digital Remaster)
4. Right (1999 Digital Remaster)
5. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1999 Digital Remaster)
6. Across The Universe (1999 Digital Remaster)
7. Can You Hear Me (1999 Digital Remaster)
8. Fame (1999 Digital Remaster)

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This set includes a CD of the classic album from the zenith of Bowie's soul period and includes 3 bonus tracks. The DVD contains new audio mixes of the album in its entirety by legendary producer Tony Visconti in 5.1 surround sound and stereo, as well as

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By 1975, when Young Americans was originally released, people were accustomed to being surprised by David Bowie. Even so, his decision to immerse himself in the traditions of Philadelphia soul raised eyebrows to heights rarely witnessed before or since. In retrospect, Young Americans occupies a reasonably logical place in the Bowie canon, containing both faint echoes of the glam excess of the preceding Diamond Dogs and subtle hints of Bowie's encroaching cocaine paranoia that would result, a year later, in the compellingly deranged Station To Station. It has never been in Bowie's nature to do things by halves, and he went about making Young Americans with the demented energy that has propelled his career to such towering altitudes and such horrifying depths (guest musicians included John Lennon, Luther Vandross and David Sanborn). The quality control was certainly uneven--the album contains such great moments as the title track, "Fame" and "Win", and a lot of wishy-washy fillers, even by Bowie's standards. But, taken as a whole, Young Americans remains one of the most influential records of Bowie's influential career. --Andrew Mueller


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The major bonus of this album is John Lennon's appearance on many of the tracks. There are extra photos of Bowie in the enclosed booklet This particular release is an "Enhanced CD", which really does nothing other than try to convince you to sign up to his website. The ECD "extras" are more trouble than bonus. This 1975 release, IMO, foreshadowed the 80's synthpop era
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"Young Americans" still surprises me to this day with it's amazing R&B. The sound was more clearly mixed than "Diamond Dogs" and it was a real departure for Bowie. The regular remastered CD with, "John, I'm Only Dancing", "Who Can I Be Now?" and "It's Gonna Be Me" sounds even better than the original CD. The extra three tracks are on par with the other songs and its bewildering that in an era when 12 songs per album were standard, Bowie released an eight song album. "John, I'm Only Dancing" is a much more improved R&B version than the rock version.

The 5.1 mix surprised me. It is not perfect and I like it that way. Luther Vandross's back-up vocals come mostly from the rear speakers and you can hear him much more clearly. The congas on "Young Americans" are a little loud for the mix, but it makes the whole experience seem more like a live studio recording instead of a carefully remastered remix. In fact, Bowie mentioned in the liner notes that he liked recording this album with all the instruments playing at once while he sang. There are other surprises. On this DVD you can hear John Lennon speak briefly after one song and the finale of "Fame" has each word of 'fame' descending going around the room from speaker to speaker, but the loud shout of 'fame!' before, 'what's your name, what's your name, what's your name...' is missing. It catches you!

The Dick Cavett interview is a treat, with Bowie sniffing and wiping his nose while fidgeting with his cane. So he did a lot of coke during this period. Who cares? The album is a perfect choice for surround sound. And that sound will vary from system to system.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 11 2006
Format: Audio CD
This 1975 album is uneven but it contains at least four classics in the marvellous title track with its gripping mix of sax, brilliant rhythms and lyrics rich with imagery, the infectious Fame, a song co-written with John Lennon and Carlos Alomar, and another Beatles song, Across The Universe. This version of John I'm Only Dancing (Again) was added later and it fits in well with the overall mood and sound of the album. Another good track is Win, but the rest is rather forgettable although the overall sound is cohesive enough to provide a pleasant listening experience. What makes it work, are the sax contributions of David Sanborn, the buoyant percussion and the backing vocals of the great Luther Vandross. The result is a seamless blend of Philadelphia soul and rock, a style that became in a sense a precursor to the disco explosion that was soon to follow. With the additional tracks on this enhanced album, Young Americans now earns a four star rating.
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The "Young Americans" album was Bowie's only bona fide homage to Americana, while simultaneously propelling blue-eyed soul back onto the pop charts for the first time since the late sixties. Below is a track-by-track analysis of the album's accomplishments (and weaknesses).
The title track is absolutely well written and perfectly captures the timeless essence of pure Americana and its unique nuances. Englishman Bowie had definitely done his homework on this one. Sheer brilliance!
"Win" is beautifully slinky, and dare I say, "groovy". David Sanborn's vibrant saxophone along with the radiant gospel backing vocals renders this track indispensable. This groove style later resurfaces on Prince's "Diamonds and Pearls" and Beck's "Debra".
"Fascination" smoothly segues from "Win", and again, the soothing saxophone coupled with excellent backing vocals makes this track another album highlight.
"Right" is downright sexy with its Marvin Gaye and Average White Band overtones. Another superb performance by Bowie and his bandmates.
"Somebody Up There Likes Me" is relatively dull and uninspired, especially in Bowie's lackadaisical vocal delivery; however, Sanborn and company save this track from becoming a complete failure.
"Across the Universe" begins as a rather obnoxious tribute, but during the song's chorus-driven outro, you receive the Philly treatment reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen; therefore, Bowie redeems himself somewhat by the track's completion.
"Can You See Me" remains sexy yet boring but not bad, as it integrates well within the album's plastic soul context. Try playing this track right before bed; that's where this track is most essential.
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"Young Americans" is a real landmark album in Bowie's career - it gave him his first American #1 hit, "Fame," for one thing. However, there are many other wonderful tracks to recommend this venture into soul music. The title track, for example, has an infectious rhythm and extremely clever lyrics - as well as the trademark "Ain't there one damn' song" line. Another great track is "Fascination," featuring backing vocals by Ava Cherry and a very young Luther Vandross. "Can You Hear Me" is one of the most beautiful ballads I've ever heard (as an aside - Bowie did a duet of this number with Cher on her variety show). Bowie's cover of Lennon/McCartney's "Across the Universe" adds an interesting twist of angst to the love song. Of course, "Fame" (backup vocals by John Lennon) is absolutely brilliant.
Unlike many albums released today, "Young Americans" is consistently tight. The mix of songs flows beautifully, and no cut disappoints. I would consider this an essential in any well-balanced music collection.
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