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Hunky Dory
     

Hunky Dory

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by David Bowie
 

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After the freakish hard rock of The Man Who Sold the World, David Bowie returned to singer/songwriter territory on Hunky Dory. Not only did the album boast more folky songs ("Song for Bob Dylan," "The Bewlay Brothers"), but he again flirted with Anthony Newley-esque

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After the freakish hard rock of The Man Who Sold the World, David Bowie returned to singer/songwriter territory on Hunky Dory. Not only did the album boast more folky songs ("Song for Bob Dylan," "The Bewlay Brothers"), but he again flirted with Anthony Newley-esque dancehall music ("Kooks," "Fill Your Heart"), seemingly leaving heavy metal behind. As a result, Hunky Dory is a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class. Mick Ronson's guitar is pushed to the back, leaving Rick Wakeman's cabaret piano to dominate the sound of the album. The subdued support accentuates the depth of Bowie's material, whether it's the revamped Tin Pan Alley of "Changes," the Neil Young homage "Quicksand," the soaring "Life on Mars?," the rolling, vaguely homosexual anthem "Oh! You Pretty Things," or the dark acoustic rocker "Andy Warhol." On the surface, such a wide range of styles and sounds would make an album incoherent, but Bowie's improved songwriting and determined sense of style instead made Hunky Dory a touchstone for reinterpreting pop's traditions into fresh, postmodern pop music.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1999
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724352189908
catalogNumber:
218999

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Rick Wakeman   Piano
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron
Trevor Bolder   Bass,Trumpet
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey   Drums

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
Mick Ronson   Arranger
Biff Rose   Composer
Ken Scott   Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Paul Williams   Composer
Brian Wood   Cover Photo
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Hamilton K. Wilson   Illustrations
George Underwood   Art Direction
Kaz Akaiwa   Liner Notes

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Hunky Dory [Remastered] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Bowie earned his place in the singer/songwriter pantheon with this record. Darkly cynical and sardonic it proved the perfect foil to the James Taylor, Carole King, John Denver and Cat Stevens records which dominated the genre. Like his contemporaries, Bowie is a child of the 60s, but he had long since abandoned the utopian conceits of that generation and thus showed that the singer songwriter genre was not so monolithic. Though his first two albums were not duds by any stretch of the imagination, Hunky Dory is light years ahead of them. Bowie's growth as a songwriter from the 1969 release of Space Oddity until the 1971 release of Hunky Dory is stunning and a testament to his talent. The album kicks off with his signature song "Changes" and progresses through several different selections that are held together solely through the genius of Bowie's madness. "Life on Mars?" is one of my three absolute favorite Bowie songs. It captures the suffocating angst of the period between adolescence and adulthood perfectly. Who among us has not sought escape in the world of the silver screen only to emerge even more disillusioned? "Quicksand" also captures Bowie's fascination with existential angst and alienation in a darker more abrupt way than anything from his first two albums. Whereas his contemporaries were proclaiming that love is the answer and knowledge can be gained as we all learn to love one another, Bowie proclaims that "Knowledge comes with death's release" thereby sounding the death knell to 60s idealism. Not every song hits the mark. I am not a big fan of "Andy Warhol,"Song for Bob Dylan" or "Kooks." Yet, everything seems to blend together here to comprise Bowie's first consistently good album and, arguably, his first masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this... you haven't buy it yet... go buy the record
Guest More than 1 year ago
By the beggining of 70's, and before the "Ziggy Glam Era", Bowie's was already musically on top with this magic, mystic and georgeous "Hunky Dory", a true gem of the 70's pop-rock songwriter. A personal question: is Life on Mars the greatest song written ever? "Hunky Dory" is for everyone that loves MUSIC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is so spectecular!! Tracks 2, 4 and 11 are worth the purchase alone. I started my Bowie collection with this very cd and was pleasently suprised as to how solid the entire cd is.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
There are some essential songs here but enough filler to keep it from being a classic album on its own. Its less than perfect but certainly worth owning.
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