David Bowie Aladdin Sane - 50th Anniversary Editions

Label
Parlophone
Released
14th April 2023

Format Info

LP - Half Speed Master
Picture Disc LP

TWO SPECIAL VINYL RELEASES TO CELEBRATE THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF ALADDIN SANE TO
BE RELEASED 14th APRIL, 2023

April 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s ALADDIN SANE, which was released
only ten months after his breakthrough album THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS
FROM MARS. The title track and songs such as ‘Panic In Detroit,' ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ and ‘Time’ marked a
significant musical progression from its predecessor, adding brass, woodwind, soulful backing vocals and
the distinctive piano playing of Mike Garson.
On 14th April, 2023, one week before its Golden Jubilee ALADDIN SANE will be issued as a limited edition
50th anniversary half-speed mastered LP pressed from the same master.
This new pressing of ALADDIN SANE was cut on a customised late Neumann VMS80 lathe with fully
recapped electronics from 192kHz restored masters of the original master tapes, with no additional
processing on transfer. The half-speed was cut by John Webber at AIR Studios.
The album was preceded by two singles ‘The Jean Genie’ and ‘Drive-In Saturday’, peaking in the U.K. singles
chart at numbers 2 and 3 respectively, and was the first time he topped the U.K. album charts. It also
marked Bowie’s debut on the U.S. charts reaching the top 20 album chart there, where an edited version
of ‘Time’ was released as a single.
The cover of ALADDIN SANE has become one of the most striking and memorable images in rock n roll
history and was rumoured to be the most expensive produced up to that point. The cover photograph
was taken by Brian Duffy, who would also shoot the sleeves for 1979’s LODGER and 1980’s SCARY
MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS) and features Bowie with the iconic red and blue lightning bolt make-up,
an image which has staked out an indelible spot in the planet’s cultural lexicon.

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