David Bowie - Young Americans: 40th Anniversary Edition on Limited Edition Picture Disc 7" Vinyl (Awaiting Repress)
David Bowie Young Americans: 40th Anniversary Edition on Limited Edition Picture Disc 7" Vinyl
The newest limited David Bowie 7" picture disc will be the 40th anniversary edition of "Young Americans." Originally issued in the UK on February 21st 1975, this 40th anniversary disc is scheduled to be released 40 years and 2 days on from that date. "Young Americans" was the lead single from the album of the same name, and it gave Bowie another Top 20 45 in the UK.
The A-Side features Tony Visconti’s 2007 "Young Americans" single mix, which makes its vinyl debut here. The AA-side (which runs at 33 1/3 rpm), is "It’s Gonna Be Me" (with strings). This version was first released as a bonus track on the "Young Americans" special edition CD/DVD in 2007 and it’s also appearing on vinyl for the first time.
The black and white image on the A-Side of the disc is by the famous Hollywood photographer of the 1940s/50s, Tom Kelley. The image is probably more closely associated with the session that produced the cover for the ChangesOneBowie album and "Suffragette City" single in 1976. However, this particular shot was first used for the Italian "Fame" 45 in 1975.
The photograph on the AA-Side was shot by Steve Schapiro, who recently had this to say about working with Bowie and this session in particular: “I think Bowie is very smart and I think he has a great sense of images and in coming up with new kinds of images. The first session I did with him started at four in the afternoon and ended at four the next morning when I did that picture of him on the motorcycle, and we used the headlights of a car to light it."
Schapiro adds, "He would constantly come up with new costumes and I would pick up my camera to photograph him and it would be an incredible outfit, but he would stop me and say, ’Wait a minute, I need to fix something,’ and he would go to the dressing room and come back 20 minutes later in something totally different. Fortunately, there would be a lot of things he would try on, so we would get a lot of pictures.”
David Bowie Young Americans 40th Anniversary Track Listing:
1. Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit)
2. It’s Gonna Be Me (with strings)
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