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'Watch That Man' is a lively, danceable beginning to the album which gave us the character that followed Ziggy Stardust - Aladdin Sane. The title song, 'Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)', is well crafted, and Mike Garson plays a mean piano on this track.

'Drive-In Saturday' is pleasant enough, with some fun, and presumably fictional, references. While 'Panic In Detroit' is a Bowie classic with pulp fiction lyrics. 'Cracked Actor' is hard-edged, with some pretty explicit lyrics, though possibly misunderstood back then!

Side 2 opens with the burlesque 'Time' - again not shying away from the explicit. 'The Prettiest Star' is a sweet ballad, which Bowie was producing in plentiful supply in the early to mid 1970s. A blistering, fun version of Jagger and Richards 'Let's Spend The Night Together' follows.

The penultimate track, 'The Jean Genie', is another Bowie classic, with its enchanting and silly lyrics, and its hypnotising, thudding beat. Ending things is 'Lady Grinning Soul' - arguably David Bowie's most underrated song. A thing of beauty to be sure - both lyrically and musically, especially the rippling piano.

The cover of 'Aladdin Sane' is probably the most famous David Bowie album cover, and the album itself comfortably fits into the classic category.

- Paul Rance/

David Bowie as Aladdin Sane Drawing by Paul Rance

David Bowie as Aladdin Sane Drawing by Paul Rance

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The Beatles - Abbey Road
The Beatles - Revolver
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles - The Beatles/The White Album
Blur - Parklife
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
David Bowie - Outside
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
The Doors - The Doors
Green Day - American Idiot
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
Maroon5 - Songs About Jane
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
Morrissey - You Are The Quarry
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

PIL/Public Image Ltd. - Flowers Of Romance
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Queen - A Night At The Opera

Stereophonics - Performance And Cocktails
10cc - How Dare You
Travis - The Man Who
The Verve - Urban Hymns 1960s Music Index 1970s Music Index 1980s Music Index 1990s to Contemporary Music Index

'Aladdin Sane' Track Listing
(All tracks written by David Bowie unless otherwise stated)

Side One
Watch That Man
Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
Drive-In Saturday
Panic In Detroit
Cracked Actor

Side Two
The Prettiest Star
Let's Spend The Night Together (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
The Jean Genie
Lady Grinning Soul

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