1975 David Bowie – Young Americans

Young Americans is the ninth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 7 March 1975 through RCA Records. The album marked a departure from the glam rock style of Bowie’s previous albums, showcasing his interest in soul and R&B. Commentators have described the record as blue-eyed soul, although Bowie himself labelled the album’s sound “plastic soul”. Initial recording sessions took place following the first leg of his Diamond Dogs Tour in August 1974 at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia with producer Tony Visconti and a variety of musicians, including guitarist Carlos Alomar, who would become one of Bowie’s most frequent collaborators. Backing vocalists included singer Ava Cherry, Alomar’s wife Robin Clark and then-unknown singer Luther Vandross. After the initial sessions, the tour continued, with the setlist and design changed due to the influence of the new material recorded. This portion of the tour has been labeled the Soul tour.

Tracks

Young Americans (David Bowie) 05:13
2  Win (David Bowie) 04:47
3  Fascination (David Bowie; Luther Vandross) 05:48
4  Right (David Bowie) 04:23
5  Somebody Up There Likes Me (David Bowie) 06:36
6  Across The Universe (John Lennon; Paul McCartney) 04:33
7  Can You Hear Me (David Bowie) 05:08
8  Fame (Carlos Alomar; David Bowie; John Lennon) 04:21

Musicians

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsAndy Newmark
GuitarCarlos Alomar
GuitarEarl Slick
KeyboardsDavid Bowie
PianoMike Garson
SaxDavid Sanborn
PercussionLarry Washington
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsAnthony Hinton
Background VocalsAva Cherry
Background VocalsDiane Sumler
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsWarren Peace
VocalsDavid Bowie

Other Musicians

6 Across The Universe

BassEmir Ksasan
DrumsDennis Davis
Acoustic GuitarJohn Lennon
PercussionPablo Rosario
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Background VocalsJean Fineberg
Background VocalsJean Millington
Background VocalsJohn Lennon


8 Fame

BassEmir Ksasan
DrumsDennis Davis
Acoustic GuitarJohn Lennon
PercussionPablo Rosario
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Background VocalsJean Fineberg
Background VocalsJean Millington
Background VocalsJohn Lennon

Liner Notes

Producer – Tony Visconti (Track 1)
Producer – Harry Maslin, Tony Visconti (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5)
Producer – David Bowie (Tracks 6, 7, 8)
Arranged By (Strings) – Tony Visconti
Arranged By (Vocals) – Luther Vandross, David Bowie
Engineer – Carl Paruolo (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
Engineer – Eddie Kramer (Tracks 6, 8)
Mixed By – Tony Visconti (Track 1)
Mixed By – Harry Maslin, Tony Visconti (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5)
Mixed By – David Bowie (Tracks 6, 7, 8)

Photography – Eric Stephen Jacobs

Mastered At RCA Studios, Toronto
Mixed At Sound House, London
Mixed At Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Recorded At Sigma Sound Studios
Recorded At Electric Lady Studios
Phonographic Copyright RCA Records