Young Americans Special Edition U.S. version: David Bowie
Young Americans is undoubtedly one of David Bowie's most sorely overlooked releases, despite generating two of his most successful singles ("Fame," his first US #1, and the title track). Tracks like Win, Fascination and Right are among his finest songs: musically sophisticated and conceptually engaging. The melodies are strong, and his vocal performance is unmatched on any of his albums, with the exception of perhaps 1976's Station to Station -- Young Americans' stylistic sibling. Beyond this, the actual content of the album itself is tremendously satisfying as an anthem to romance and optimism. It is ironic that Bowie would produce one of his most melodic, beautiful albums in a period in which he was best by cocaine addiction and mind-numbing paranoia. This special edition is particularly great too for restoring some of the songs that were originally supposed to make the album, but cut in favor of the two songs recorded with John Lennon (Across the Universe and Fame).