David Bowie’s Iconic Album ‘Aladdin Sane’ is Set For it’s 50th Anniversary Reissue

David Bowie’s 1973 iconic album ‘Aladdin Sane’ is set for a special 50th anniversary reissue. The reissue, which is set to be released on 14th April, will be put out as a half-speed mastered LP and a picture disc LP pressed from the same master. 

It’s the follow-up to 1972’s ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’. ‘Aladdin Sane’ was produced in the wake of his post-Ziggy stardom, most of the tracks were written while he was on tour in the US. 

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According to a statement, the new pressing was “cut on a customised late Neumann VMS80 lathe with fully recapped electronics from 192kHz restored masters of the original master tapes, with no additional processing on transfer.” John Webber at London’s AIR Studios cut the half-speed record.

A 4K remastered version of ‘The Jean Genie’ music video has also been shared, to commemorate the release.

‘The Jean Genie’ music video can be viewed below.

Bowie and Ken Scott originally co-produced the album. It was recorded at Trident Studios in London and RCA Studios in New York. The album marked the last time that the line-up of Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals), Trevor Bolder (bass) and Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey (drums) would appear on it and it featured avant-jazz pianist, Mike Garson.

‘Hunky Dory’, Bowie’s fourth studio album was released last year as a deluxe reissue which included unreleased home demos, live recordings and other rarities from that era.

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2ManyDjs recently revealed that Bowie was a big fan of their mixes and referred to them as “dynamite combinations” and would repeatedly praise them in the press. The pair later made a Bowie mix and accompanying film, ‘DAVE’, as Radio Soulwax. 

“It’s still weird that we talk about Bowie as if we’d known him but we only met him once,” Stephen Dewaele said. “It’s pretty crazy, even now. He was even on the forum on our little website as ‘David Bowie’ asking us questions, and we thought he was someone else!”

“When we met him, Dave asked him how much time he spent on the internet and he replied, ‘Don’t you see I’m on your forum all the time?’ It seems like such a weird world now.”

Riya Vivek