Aladdin Sane is the sixth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released by RCA Records on 13 April 1973. The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, it was the first album he wrote and released from a position of stardom. Studio album by David Bowie Released 13 April 1973 Recorded 6 October 1972, 4–11 December 1972, c. 18–24 January 1973 Studio Trident Studios, London and RCA Studios, New York and Nashville Singles from Aladdin Sane "The Jean Genie" Released: 24 November 1972 "Drive-In Saturday" Released: 6 April 1973 "Time" Released: 13 April 1973 "Let's Spend the Night Together" Released: July 1973 NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray called the album "oddly unsatisfying, considerably less than the sum of the parts",while Bowie encyclopedist Nicholas Peggdescribes it as "one of the most urgent, compelling and essential" of his releases.The Rolling Stone review by Ben Gerson pronounced it "less manic than The Man Who Sold The World, and less intimate than Hunky Dory, with none of its attacks of self-doubt."The album cover featuring a lightning bolt across his face is regarded as one of Bowie's most iconic images. In 2003, the album was ranked among six Bowie entries on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time (at #277) and was later ranked No. 77 on Pitchfork Media's list of the top 100 albums of the seventies. Aladdin Sane was released in the UK on 13 April 1973 With a purported 100,000 copies ordered in advance,the album debuted at the top of the UK charts and reached No. 17 in America, making it Bowie's most successful album commercially in both countries to that date. The album is estimated to have sold 4.6 million copies worldwide, making it one of Bowie's highest-selling LPs. The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums notes that Bowie "ruled the (British) album chart, accumulating an unprecedented 182 weeks on the list in 1973 with six different titles." Critical reaction was generally laudatory, if more enthusiastic in the US than in the UK.Rolling Stone remarked on "Bowie's provocative melodies, audacious lyrics, masterful arrangements (with Mick Ronson) and production (with Ken Scott)",while Billboard called it a combination of "raw energy with explosive rock". In the British music press, however, letters columns accused Bowie of 'selling out' and Let it Rock magazine found the album to be more style than substance, considering that he had "nothing to say and everything to say it with".Village Voice critic Robert Christgau wrote a few years later that his favorite Bowie album had been Aladdin Sane, "the fragmented, rather second-hand collection of elegant hard rock songs (plus one Jacques Brel-style clinker) that fell between the Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs concepts. That Bowie improved his music by imitating the Rolling Stones rather than by expressing himself is obviously a tribute to the Stones, but it also underlines how expedient Bowie's relationship to rock and roll has always been." Thanks Wikipedia! I wish I could say I bought Aladdin Sane in April 1973 along with everyone else, but it took me another 25 years to pick it up! I liked Bowie’s singles in the 70s, started buying his albums in the 80s and began backtracking to his classic releases in the 90s. To be honest, Bowie scared me a little in 1973.. I found album covers like Aladdin Sane and Pinups a bit creepy. I wish I had gotten into him earlier as I could have filled my formative years with much better music than I was listening to. Aladdin Sane has always been my favourite Bowie album. I took to it immediately. Often his works take a while to sink in. If they ever do at all. Not so with this. I know it’s not his best album in the eyes of fans, but it’s the one I play most so I thought I’d see what everyone else thought of it. So, what do you think of it? Tell your stories of hearing/buying the album for the first time and what it means to you now. All the usual poll options are here. Pick as many songs as you like. I’ll add some old reviews and adverts too if I can.