RCD 10133 Hunky Dory
Produced by Ken Scott (assisted by the actor)
Released on December 1971
US CHART POSITION #93 . . . UK CHART POSITIONS #3 (1972 reissue),
#32 (1981 reissue), #39 (1990 reissue)
Find it at GEMM
RCD 10133 cover  

H unky Dory is a radical departure from his last record, a shock that listeners would learn to brace themselves for in the new decade. Abandoning the excessive heaviness of his last effort, this album features music hall arrangements led not by Mick Ronson’s guitar but Rick Wakeman’s piano. In some ways, these songs are an extension of his earliest work, though the skill that Bowie brings to bear on the material is the difference between night and day. Opening with “Changes” might have been fortuitous placement, but it serves as a statement of direction for the artist. Bowie had created the super superstar: an artist whose imagination and restlessness not only kept apace with the quick-gratification quorum of celebrities du jour but in time set the pace. Simply look to the range of styles evident on Hunky Dory and you’ll see elements of all his earlier (and some future) work swirled together. The Reedian rock of “Queen Bitch” looks forward to Ziggy, “Kooks” could have come from his pre-Space Oddity days, “Song For Bob Dylan” recalls the homage of “Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed,” “Quicksand” might have turned up on Man Who Sold The World. Designed like a sprawling musical revue, Hunky Dory succeeds at every step without stating a preference, an artist in perpetual transition. As a young teenager, Hunky Dory was a holy relic I carried with me on various road trips (having taped it from my elpee, which was and still is perfectly legal, although I chafe at the concept of “legal” and “illegal” in lieu of “right” and “wrong”). I still remember listening to this at Ocean City, NJ, letting my young mind be transported by “Oh! You Pretty Things” and “Life On Mars?,” two of the greatest science fiction pop songs I’ve ever heard. Although I still enjoy Hunky Dory on many levels today, the suggestion by some that this is better than the post-Ziggy albums seems misguided. It’s simply too eclectic a collection to create the self-sustaining universe of an Aladdin Sane. The Rykodisc CD includes four bonus tracks, including the nonalbum “Bombers” and an alternate mix of “Bewlay Brothers” that keeps the album’s original odd ending intact.

AYL1-3844 front cover AYL1-3844 back cover
AYL1-3844 front cover
[high resolution scan]
AYL1-3844 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. CHANGES    3:33
  2. OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS    3:12
  3. EIGHT LINE POEM    2:53
  4. LIFE ON MARS?    3:48
  5. KOOKS    2:49
  6. QUICKSAND    5:03
  7. FILL YOUR HEART    (Biff Rose/Paul Williams)    3:07
  8. ANDY WARHOL    3:53
  9. SONG FOR BOB DYLAN    4:12
  10. QUEEN BITCH    3:13
  11. THE BEWLAY BROTHERS    5:21

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  12. BOMBERS    2:38
  13. THE SUPERMEN (1971 ALTERNATE VERSION)    2:41
  14. QUICKSAND (DEMO VERSION)    4:43
  15. THE BEWLAY BROTHERS (ALTERNATE MIX)    5:19

    All songs written by David Bowie unless noted

CREDITS

DAVID BOWIE -- vocals, guitar, sax, piano
TREVOR BOLDER -- bass
MICK RONSON -- guitar, arranngements
RICK WAKEMAN -- piano
MICK WOODMANSEY -- drums
Ken Scott -- remixing
Brian Ward -- photography
George Underwood (of Main Artory) & Terry his partner -- front cover art work

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK December 1971 RCA LP SF-8244 picture sleeve, lyric insert
US/CAN December 1971 RCA LP LSP-4623 picture sleeve, lyric insert
US   RCA LP AFL1-4623  
UK   RCA LP/CS NL/NK 83844  
US/CAN 1980 RCA LP/CS AYL1/AYK1-3844 Dynaflex reissue
NET 1979? RCA LP NL 13844  
UK/IRE 1980 RCA LP/CS INTS/INTK 5064 mid price reissue
JPN   RCA LP RPL 2101  
UK March 1984 RCA LPPIC BOPIC2 picture elpee
GER 1985 RCA CD PD-84623  
UK April 1990 EMI CDX/CSX CDP 7 91843 2 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
US 1990 Rykodisc 2LPX/CSX/
CDX/CDGX
RALP/RACS 0133
RCD 10133
RCD 80133
digital remaster w. bonus tracks,
lyric sleeve, dlp on clear vinyl,
CD avail. in 24k gold
BRA 1990 EMI LP 7918431 gatefold cover
JPN 1991 EMI CDX TOCP-6204 w. bonus tracks
UK 1999 EMI CD 521 8990 24-bit digital remaster
JPN 1999 EMI CD TOCP-65307  
UK 2001 Simply Vinyl LP SVLP 265 180g virgin vinyl
UK 2003 EMI 3CD 5918540 repackaged w. MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD + SPACE ODDITY
JPN 2007 EMI CD TOCP-70143 digital remaster

 

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