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Released: March 7, 1975


Rating: 3.632 (average of 13 ratings)


Genre: glam rock


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. Young Americans [5:11]
  2. Win [4:44]
  3. Fascination (Bowie/Vandross) [5:45]
  4. Right [4:15]
  5. Somebody Up There Likes Me [6:30]
  6. Across the Universe (Lennon/McCartney) [4:29]
  7. Can You Hear Me [5:03]
  8. Fame (Alomar/Bowie/Lennon) [4:16]
Songs written by David Bowie unless indicated otherwise.


Total Running Time: 40:13


Sales:

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 3.5 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 9
peak on U.K. album chart 2


Singles:

  • Fame (2/21/75) #1 US, #17 UK, #21 RB. Gold single.
  • Young Americans (3/1/75) #28 US, #18 UK


Notes: The 1990 Rykodisc reissue adds previously unreleased tracks “Who Can I Be Now?” and “It’s Gonna Be Me” as well as the 1974 A-side single of “John, I’m Only Dancing Again.”


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


Young Americans
David Bowie
Review:
“David Bowie had dropped hints during the Diamond Dogs tour that he was moving toward R&B, but the full-blown blue-eyed soul of Young Americans came as a shock. Surrounding himself with first-rate sessionmen, Bowie comes up with a set of songs that approximate the sound of Philly soul and disco, yet remain detached from their inspirations; even at his most passionate, Bowie sounds like a commentator, as if the entire album was a genre exercise. Nevertheless, the distance doesn't hurt the album — it gives the record its own distinctive flavor, and its plastic, robotic soul helped inform generations of synthetic British soul. What does hurt the record is a lack of strong songwriting. Young Americans is a masterpiece, and Fame had a beat funky enough that James Brown ripped it off, but only a handful of cuts (Win, Fascination, Somebody up There Likes Me) comes close to matching their quality. As a result, Young Americans is more enjoyable as a stylistic adventure than as a substantive record.” (Erlewine).


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Last updated March 31, 2008.