David Bowie - Young Americans My favorite Bowie album. The "plastic soul" era as they called it. Background vocals by one Luther Vandross. See also The Thin White Duke, a stage character Bowie created during the tour for this album.
King of the Black Isles - Maxfield Parrish - If God is above seeing all, then Maxfield Parrish surely captured exactly how God feels: occasionally peering through his portal toward earth, and the willful, cruel, violent humans below -- desolated.