Song Of The Day: David Bowie – “Aladdin Sane” (1973)



David Bowie released his sixth album Aladdin Sane on this day in 1973. The follow-up to Ziggy Stardust, this album featured Bowie’s Ziggy character on the cover but inside, the restless genius was already straying away from the spaceman Rock thing. Aladdin Sane reveals a Bowie much more engaged with planet earth, and we see the beginnings of his fascination with things American, including his first forays into musical forms like soul, doo wop and country. I think the title track is a masterpiece which captures this musical conversion, highlighted by the incredible piano playing of Mike Garson. What’s also fascinating is the idea that this jazz-influenced track wouldn’t have felt that out of place on Bowie’s final album Blackstar, which has also been described as a venture into jazz.

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