Aladdin Sane / David Bowie
Digitally remastered 40th Anniversary edition of this classic 1973 album. This release has been remastered by Ray Staff at London's AIR Studios. Ray cut the original LP during his time at Trident Studios and has received plaudits for his remastering of the Ziggy Stardust 40th anniversary edition last year. Described by Bowie as "Ziggy goes to America," Aladdin Sane saw him create a rockier, more frenetic album than its predecessor, with The Rolling Stones a possible influence on album opener 'Watch That Man' and a transgressive cover of their song, 'Let's Spend The Night Together'. Elsewhere, Muddy Waters' influence could be heard in the riff of the UK #2 single, 'The Jean Genie' and the "futuristic nostalgia" of 'Drive-In Saturday' - which charted at #3 in the UK - was inspired by 1950s doo-wop. 'Cracked Actor', possibly David's most decadent moment, was written after he had toured Hollywood Boulevard, translating the images and environment into raw rock 'n' roll.