David Bowie - Young Americans

David Bowie
Young Americans
Label: RCA Victor ‎– APL1-0998
Type: Vinyl, LP, Album, Indianapolis Pressing
Country: US
Date of released: 1975
Category: Rock, Funk / Soul
Style: Pop Rock, Soul

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Young Americans
Written-By – Bowie*
A2 Win
Written-By – Bowie*
A3 Fascination
Music By – Luther VandrossWords By – David Bowie, Luther Vandross
A4 Right
Written-By – Bowie*
B1 Somebody Up There Likes Me
Written-By – Bowie*
B2 Across The Universe
Written-By – John Lennon And Paul McCartney*
B3 Can You Hear Me
Written-By – Bowie*
B4 Fame
Written-By – Alomar*, Bowie*, Lennon*

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – Mainman
  • Lacquer Cut At – Master Cutting Room
  • Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
  • Recorded At – Sigma Sound Studios
  • Recorded At – Electric Lady Studios
  • Mixed At – Sound House, London
  • Mixed At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
  • Record Company – RCA Corporation
  • Copyright (c) – RCA Records
  • Copyright (c) – Mainman
  • Copyright (c) – Elvee-Deekay Music, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Maclen Music, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – John Lennon
  • Copyright (c) – Ceilidh Productions Inc.
  • Published By – Mainman
  • Published By – Lennon Music
  • Published By – ATV Music Corp.
  • Published By – Ceilidh Productions Inc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records


  • Arranged By [String Arrangements] – Tony Visconti
  • Arranged By [Vocal Arrangements] – Bowie*, Luther Vandross
  • Backing Vocals [Vocal Backups] – Anthony Hinton, Ava Cherry, Bowie*, Diane Sumler, Jean Fineberg (tracks: B4), Jean Millington (tracks: B4), John Lennon (tracks: B4), Luther Vandross, Robin Clark , Warren Peace
  • Bass – Emir Ksasan, Willy Weeks*
  • Drums – Andy Newmark, Dennis Davis
  • Engineer [Electric Lady] – Eddie Kramer (tracks: B2, B4)
  • Engineer [Record Plant] – Harry Maslin (tracks: A2 to B4)
  • Engineer [Sigma Sound] – Carl Parulow* (tracks: A1 to B1, B3)
  • Guitar – Carlos Alomar, Bowie*, Earl Slick, John Lennon (tracks: B2, B4)
  • Keyboards – Bowie*, Michael Garson*
  • Percussion – Larry Washington, Pablo Rosario, Ralph McDonald*
  • Photography By [Cover] – Eric Stephen Jacobs
  • Producer, Mixed By – David Bowie (tracks: B2 to B4), Harry Maslin (tracks: A2 to B4), Tony Visconti (tracks: A1 to B1)
  • Saxophone – David Sanborn
  • Tape Op [Electric Lady] – David Whitman* (tracks: B2, B4)
  • Tape Op [Record Plant] – David Thoener (tracks: A2 to B4), Kevin Herron (tracks: A2 to B4)
  • Tape Op [Sigma Sound] – Mike Hutchinson* (tracks: A1 to B1, B3)


Please note: 1975 RCA Indianapolis tan labels are first press. For more information please read and /or research before changing to repress.

***This submission is for the original release with the beige (or tan) label. According to a seemingly knowledgeable person on the Steve Hoffman forums, RCA transitioned from the orange to the tan labels in 1975. "they first turned up in early 1975, and" were "initially used exclusively by RCA's Indianapolis, IN factory" ... "Hollywood used orange well into late 1975 - and only in its last several months of existence (it closed in 1976) did they press in tan."

All tracks Recorded at Sigma Sound Philadelphia except B2 & B4 Recorded at Electric Lady N.Y.
All tracks Mixed at Record Plant N.Y. except A1 Mixed at Sound House London

Jean Fineberg courtesy Isis Buddah Records
John Lennon courtesy EMI/Capitol/Apple Records
Anthony Hinton, Diane Sumler, Luther Vandross (P/K/A/ Vandross), Carlos Alomar, Robin Clark courtesy David Krevat and Ceilidh Productions

© 1975, RCA Records, New York, N.Y. • Printed in U.S.A.

First Side Total: 19 mins 50 secs
Second Side Total: 20 mins 16 secs

all selections: ©1974 Mainman (ASCAP) except
A3: ©1974 Elvee - Deekay Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
B2: ©1968 Maclen Music, Inc. (BMI)
B4: ©1975 Mainman /John Lennon/ Ceilidh Prod., Inc. (Published By Mainman - ASCAP; Lennon Music - BMI; ATV Music Corp. - BMI; Ceilidh Prod., Inc. -ASCAP)

℗ 1975 RCA Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side label): APL1-0998-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label): APL1-0998-B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side etched, Variation 1): APL1-0998-A-205 MCR
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side etched, Variation 1): APL1-0998-B-105 MCR
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side etched, Variation 2): APL1-0998-A-13S MCR
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side etched, Variation 2): APL1-0998-B-13S MCR
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side etched, Variation 3): APL1-0998-A-22S MCR
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side etched, Variation 3): APL1-0998-B-13S MCR
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side etched, (A1) stamped, Variation 4): APL1-0998-A -20S MCR A1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side etched, (A4) stamped, Variation 4): APL1-0998-B -10S MCR A4
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side etched, Variation 5): APL1-0998-A -20S MCR [Stamped] AC
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side etched, Variation 5): APL1-0998-B -10S MCR [Stamped] AC
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side stamped): AC Ⅰ
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side stamped): A7 Ⅰ
  • Rights Society (A1 to B1, B3, B4): ASCAP
  • Rights Society (B2, B4): BMI
  • Pressing Plant ID (Stamped in runouts): I

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
RS 1006 David Bowie Young Americans ‎(LP, Album, Mai) RCA Victor RS 1006 UK 1975
APK1-0998 David Bowie Young Americans ‎(Cass, Album) RCA APK1-0998 US 1975
P8S 11678 David Bowie Young Americans ‎(8-Trk, Album, ) RCA P8S 11678 UK 1975
DB 74764, DB 74765, 0190295990343 David Bowie Young Americans ‎(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone DB 74764, DB 74765, 0190295990343 USA & Europe 2017
AQK1-0998 David Bowie Young Americans ‎(Cass, Album, RE) RCA AQK1-0998 US 1986