(1973) RCA Victor label reissue purchased in 1979 at The Wherehouse in the Riverside Plaza. No lyrics sheet, bummer… Same line up as The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust; David Bowie, Mick Ronson, T.J. Bolder, and Woody Woodmansey. Bowie toured America and Aladdin Sane resulted with each track identifying the cities that each inspired.
- Watch That Man (4:25) New York
- Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) (5:06) Ellinis
- Drive-In Saturday (4:29) Seattle-Phoenix
- Panic In Detroit (4:25) Detroit
- Cracked Actor (2:56) Los Angeles
- Time (5:09) New Orleans
- The Prettiest Star (3:26) Gloucester Road
- Let’s Spend The Night Together (3:03)
- The Jean Genie (4:02) Detroit and New York
- Lady Grinning Soul (3:46) London
This album is all over the place. It does not tell as succinct a story as The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy. However there are many hits on this record. The cover of Let’s Spend The Night Together is so different; it is a cover of the highest quality. The piano and electronic effects amp it up to astral proportions. Woody Woodmansey’s drums are SOLID! Panic In Detroit has a Stones feel to it, evoking images of urban decay and the growing war on drugs. The Jean Genie is an earworm of the best kind. The rattlesnake shakes “Smiles like a reptile” throughout the song really grind in the rump roller quality of the bass line.
I met David Bowie in 1989. I was managing a flagship movie theatre in Los Angeles and I got a call on the business line on a Thursday evening that David Bowie wanted to come see the 8:00 PM showing of Dead Calm. The man on the phone was not Bowie but his agent, or so he said. There was a slight possibility that I was being duped. You were never quite sure how folks would get the business number. I made the arrangements and hoped like hell it was legitimate!
Right around 7:50 PM in walked David Bowie with a small group of people. He was wearing a white button up shirt and faded jeans, and loafers. He was not very tall. He was SOOOOO polite and kind. We shook hands. I wanted to loose my mind but I kept it together. I escorted him and his party into the theatre and then went into my office and freaked out!