Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Aladdin Sane with this 2023 half-speed remaster vinyl edition.
Bowie described Aladdin Sane as "Ziggy Goes to Washington: Ziggy under the influence of America." The album was to be Ziggy Stardust's last stand, and the persona was laid to rest three months after the album's release in July 1973 at the infamous final show with the Spiders from Mars at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
The title track and songs such as "Lady Grinning Soul" and "Time" marked a significant musical progression from its predecessor Ziggy Stardust, adding brass, woodwind, soulful backing vocals and the distinctive piano playing of Mike Garson.
The cover artwork has become one of the most famous sleeves of all time and was rumoured to be the most expensive produced up to that point. The cover photograph was taken by Brian Duffy, who would also shoot the sleeves for 1979's Lodger and 1980's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) and features Bowie with the iconic red and blue lightning bolt make-up, an image which has now entered the planet's cultural lexicon.
This 50th Anniversary pressing of Aladdin Sane was cut on a customized late Neumann VMS80 lathe with fully recapped electronics from 192kHz restored masters of the original master tapes, with no additional processing on transfer. The half-speed was cut by John Webber at AIR Studios.