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Young Americans (1975)

David Bowie
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Rock music, Blue-eyed soul, Funk, Funk-rock, Soul music

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Young Americans is the ninth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released in 1975 and showing off Bowie’s 1970’s “obsession” with soul music. For this album, Bowie let go of the influences he had drawn from in the past, replacing them with sounds from “local dance halls”, which, at the time, were blaring with “…lush strings, sliding hi-hat whispers, and swanky R&B rhythms of Philadelphia Soul…". Bowie is quoted describing the album as “…the squashed remains of ethnic music as it survives in the age of Muzak rock, written and sung by a white limey”. Because of the strong influence of “black” music on the album, Bowie used the term “plastic soul” (originally coined by an unknown black musician in the 1960s) to describe the sound of “Young Americans”. Although Bowie was an English musician bringing up touchy American issues, the album was still very successful in the United States; the album itself reached the American Top Ten, with the song “Fame” hitting the number one spot the same year the album was released.
Begun on 11 August 1974, during breaks in Bowie’s Diamond Dogs tour, Young Americans was recorded by Tony Visconti primarily at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia,

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