PB-10152 Young Americans
Produced by Tony Visconti
Released on February 1985
UK CHART POSITION #18 . . . US CHART POSITION #28 (charted March 15, 1975 for 11 weeks) . . . ROLLING STONE TOP 500 SONGS: #481
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PB-10152 wo. picture sleeve
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T he single version of “Young Americans” chops two minutes from the elpee version, and I mean “chops.” The edit is literally jarring, abruptly cutting the middle out and clumsily splicing the two ends together. Best forgotten, which is what radio stations and compilations have done, opting instead for the original five-minute version. In the US, the B side was the live version of “Knock On Wood” from David Live (which they mercifully left alone). To date, this is probably the worst editing job I’ve ever heard on a single; I literally stood over it twice to make sure the needle hadn’t skipped. The single was reissued later in the year on the RCA Gold Standard label. More can be found at Songfacts.

TRACK LISTING

  1. YOUNG AMERICANS
  2. SUFFRAGETTE CITY (LIVE)

    US 7-inch track listing
  3. YOUNG AMERICANS    (David Bowie)    3:11
  4. KNOCK ON WOOD (LIVE)    (Eddie Floyd/Steve Cropper)    2:59

    US 7-inch promo single
  5. YOUNG AMERICANS (LONG VERSION)
  6. YOUNG AMERICANS (SHORT VERSION)

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 1975 RCA 7" 2523  
US February 1975 RCA Victor 7" PB-10152  
US 1975 RCA Victor 7PRO JB-10152  
JPN 1975 RCA 7" SS-2447 picture sleeve
GER/NZ 1975 RCA 7" XB 01003  
US 1975 RCA Gold Standard 7" GB-10469 black label reissue
UK   RCA 7" BOW506  

 

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