Album of the Day
From its iconic cover shot to the final notes of “Lady Grinning Soul,” ALADDIN SANE captures David Bowie near the peak of his glam rock powers. Once described by the performer as “Ziggy goes to America,” the 1973 collection was recorded with the classic Spiders from Mars lineup (guitarist Mick Ronson, bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Mick "Woody" Woodmansey) and reflects Bowie's experiences on the road in the U.S. the preceding year. Ranging from the fractured jazz of the title song to such tough rockers as “Panic in Detroit” and hit single “The Jean Genie,” these 10 tracks brim with invention and self assurance. Released 45 years ago today, ALADDIN SANE has been cited by Pitchfork as one of the greatest albums of the 1970s, and we couldn't agree more.