From the Stacks

From The Stacks: David Bowie, ‘Aladdin Sane’

Aladdin Sane is a common album, so why am I featuring it here?

It may be common, but it’s great. Bowie’s follow-up to Ziggy Stardust was a Spiders From Mars album in all but name, and it includes some of the artist’s best-loved tracks. This is the home of “Drive In Saturday” and “The Jean Genie,” after all, not to mention fan favorites like “Panic In Detroit” and “Time.” And then there’s that album cover, perhaps the most iconic sleeve in the Bowie catalog and one of the most iconic album covers of all time.

But you know all that, so again: Why am I wasting your time with this particular copy of Aladdin Sane? Ephemera. The disposable stuff tucked inside. My copy of Aladdin Sane still contains its original fan club application form. How cool is that? Come on!

You can pick up your own copy of Aladdin Sane for around ten bucks, but you’re going to have to add another twenty (at least) if you want a copy that includes both the original inner sleeve and the fan club insert. Happy hunting.

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