David Bowie / Young Americans

Do you remember your President Nixon?

Trailing Diamond Dogs (1974), this Philly-soul soaked slab was a shocker despite the funky omen of David Live (1974). Bass ace Willie Weeks waxed all but two tracks as Emir Kassan cut “Fame” and “Across The Universe.”

To my ears, Weeks' envelope filtered motifs on “Fascination," silky smooth passages underpinning "Can You Hear Me," “Right,” and “Somebody Up There Likes Me;” and the greasy root-fifth groove on the title track - all rendered with a fittingly fat flat-wound Fender tone exude the essence of cool soul bass artistry.

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