Aladdin Sane album cover
Aladdin Sane

David Bowie

RCA Victor

If Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie essentially mythologizing himself brilliantly, Aladdin Sane is the real glam rock album landmark, not least signalled by the album cover immortalizing his famed shock of dyed red hair and lightning bolt. The music, recorded in bursts during whirlwind touring, embraced a wide, wild range, with brawling glam monsters like the Iggy Pop tribute “The Jean Genie” and “The Cracked Actor,” the dramatic cabaret of “Time” and “Lady Grinning Soul” and the twisted 50s pastiche of “Drive-In Saturday” among the many highlights.

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