With this LP, Bowie made a sudden and jolting step in a new direction, shedding his glam rock past and exploring Philadelphia soul with backing from a young Luther Vandross. Young Americans contained his first number one hit in the U.S., "Fame", co-written with John Lennon (who also contributed backing vocals), and work from one of Bowie's favourite guitarists and band members, Carlos Alomar.
This album has been released on CD four times, with the first being by RCA in 1984, the second in 1991 by Rykodisc (containing three bonus tracks) on silver CD and later on AU20 Gold CD, the third in 1999 by EMI (featuring 24-bit digitally remastered sound and no bonus tracks). A fourth reissue with an accompanying DVD was released on March 19, 2007, in higher sound resolution and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, featuring the same bonus tracks as the Rykodisc release plus video footage from the Dick Cavett TV show.
The Rykodisc and 5.1 surround mixes both replace "Win", "Fascination", and "Right" with alternate mixes from 1974.
|1975||UK Albums chart||2|
|1975||Billboard Pop Albums||9|
|1975||Norway's album chart||13|
|1975||"Fame"||Billboard Black Singles||21|
|1975||"Fame"||Billboard Club Play Singles||2|
|1975||"Fame"||Billboard Pop Singles||1|
|1975||"Fame"||UK single chart||17|
|1975||"Fame"||Norway's single chart||9|
|1975||"Young Americans"||UK single chart||18|
|1975||"Young Americans"||Billboard Pop Singles||28|
|RIAA – USA||Gold||July 2 1975|