Young Americans Enhanced
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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
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 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.
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.Read more ›
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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if you like Bowie Boogie this is the one to get..Fame with the 5.1 effects is worth the purchasePublished 19 months ago by Staffaroony
This album is unique in all of the Bowie collection. It was the first "white" album to be placed on the Billboard soul charts. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2007 by Everett Ray
If you skip the Beatles Cover, this is a nearly perfect Bowie release. Another funk, soul and rock combo like Station to Station that has a very strong grove to it! Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Damian P. Gadal
It's ironic that David Bowie refers to this album as his version of American soul. Like most of David Bowie's "innovations", this work is based upon the previous works... Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Oskar Wilder