A pin to honor Ziggy!
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
Glam rock hard rock art rock
Ken Scott David Bowie
David Bowie chronology
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
(1972) Aladdin Sane
(1973) Pin Ups
Singles from Aladdin Sane
"The Jean Genie"
Released: 24 November 1972
Released: 6 April 1973
Released: 13 April 1973
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
Released: July 1973
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.
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 Pegg describes 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 1970s.