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Aladdin Sane’s 49th Anniversary

Aladdin Sane photo

I hope you’re all doing well, my friends.

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the release of Aladdin Sane. It’s still hard to believe David is gone and that we made this magic at such a young age. As many of you know, this title track was done in one take. I hadn’t even heard the track for 20 years after recording it. It’s been history that has shown how David’s song has stood the test of time. Of all the music I played with David, for some reason, this is the one I receive the most comments on. The credit goes to David as he produced and encouraged me to play in this style.

What do you think? Please leave your thoughts below…


  • Richard says:

    Aladdin Sane is uch an incredible piece of music and I do think that the very under recognised version that appears on David Live deserves a mention too. The piano backdrop to Lady Grinning Soul just sweeps you away. I woukd love to hear the isolated piano. The fact the album sounds so fresh all these years later is s credit to everyone involved from David, his musicians and the production team.

  • Jeanne says:

    The first song that spoke to me. The lyrics The melody so identified. I was 17.

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  • Mark says:

    I love your playing on this, how it slips from being behind the beat in a free jazz style to back in time by the downbeat of the chorus. Truly inspired tonality, energy and freedom.

  • Pamela Franco says:

    My soundtrack of my teenage years.

  • James O'Connell says:

    LOVE your playing on this…beautiful. Feels like you would be adding beauty to David’s music for years 🙂🙂❤❤

  • Glenn Hendler says:

    In all of rock music, is there a better piano solo than this one? One that goes this wildly into the avant-garde but never for a moment stops rocking? I can’t think of one.

  • Colin says:

    Absolutlely timeless

  • Mark says:

    I feel the producer’s (Ken Scott) role is under appreciated, as whoever the artist is, the producer is responsible for the end product. Having said that your piano work on this track is inspired and, still, inspirational.

  • marc says:

    probably the best piano solo on a rock album ……still do not know what is played on that fast run from the bottom !
    amazing rubato/ rhythmic elasticity…..you are a legend Mike!