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Released: April 13, 1973

Rating: 4.208 (average of 20 ratings)

Genre: glam rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Watch That Man [4:25]
  2. Aladdin Sane [5:06]
  3. Drive-In Saturday [4:29]
  4. Panic in Detroit [4:25]
  5. Cracked Actor [2:56]
  6. Time [5:09]
  7. The Prettiest Star [3:26]
  8. Let’s Spend the Night Together (Jagger/Richards) [3:03]
  9. The Jean Genie [4:02]
  10. Lady Grinning Soul [3:46]
Songs written by David Bowie unless indicated otherwise.

Total Running Time: 40:47


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 17
peak on U.K. album chart 1 – 5 wks


  • The Jean Genie (11/24/72) #71 US, #2 UK
  • Drive-In Saturday (4/6/73) #3 UK
  • Panic in Detroit (9/12/74) --

Notes: In 2003, EMI released a 30th Anniversary Edition which adds a second disc which has the single “John, I’m Only Dancing,” along with single mixes of “The Jean Genie” and “Time.” Also included are Bowie’s “All the Young Dudes” and live versions of “Changes,” “The Supermen,” “Life on Mars?,” (all three of which were originally featured in studio version on Hunky Dory), “John, I’m Only Dancing,” “The Jean Genie,” and “Drive-In Saturday.”


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Aladdin Sane
David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust wrote the blueprint for David Bowie's hard-rocking glam, and Aladdin Sane essentially follows the pattern, for both better and worse. A lighter affair than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane is actually a stranger album than its predecessor, buoyed by bizarre lounge-jazz flourishes from pianist Mick Garson and a handful of winding, vaguely experimental songs. Bowie abandons his futuristic obsessions to concentrate on the detached cool of New York and London hipsters, as on the compressed rockers Watch That Man, Cracked Actor, and The Jean Genie. Bowie follows the hard stuff with the jazzy, dissonant sprawls of Lady Grinning Soul, Aladdin Sane, and Time, all of which manage to be both campy and avant-garde simultaneously, while the sweepingly cinematic Drive-In Saturday is a soaring fusion of sci-fi doo wop and melodramatic teenage glam. He lets his paranoia slip through in the clenched rhythms of Panic in Detroit, as well as on his oddly clueless cover of Let's Spend the Night Together. For all the pleasures on Aladdin Sane, there's no distinctive sound or theme to make the album cohesive; it's Bowie riding the wake of Ziggy Stardust, which means there's a wealth of classic material here, but not enough focus to make the album itself a classic” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.