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Hunky Dory (2015 Remaster)

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 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.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Changes (2015 Remaster)
00:03:37

Mick Ronson, String Arranger, Guitar, Vocals - Rick Wakeman, Piano - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer - Woody Woodmansey, Drums

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

2
Oh! You Pretty Things (2015 Remaster)
00:03:13

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Rick Wakeman, Piano - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Additional Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer - Woody Woodmansey, Drums

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

3
Eight Line Poem (2015 Remaster)
00:02:55

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer - Woody Woodmansey, Drums

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

4
Life on Mars? (2015 Remaster)
00:03:55

Mick Ronson, String Arranger, Guitar, Mellotron - Rick Wakeman, Piano - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer - Woody Woodmansey, Drums

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

5
Kooks (2015 Remaster)
00:02:53

Mick Ronson, String Arranger, Guitar, Vocals - Rick Wakeman, Piano - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar, Trumpet - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer - Woody Woodmansey, Drums

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

6
Quicksand (2015 Remaster)
00:05:06

Mick Ronson, String Arranger, Guitar - Rick Wakeman, Piano - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer - Woody Woodmansey, Drums

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

7
Fill Your Heart (2015 Remaster)
00:03:10

Biff Rose, Writer - Rick Wakeman, Piano - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Williams, Writer - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

8
Andy Warhol (2015 Remaster)
00:03:54

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CoProducer - Ken Scott, Synthesizer, Voice, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Ken Scott assisted by The Actor (aka David Bowie), Producer

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

9
Song for Bob Dylan (2015 Remaster)
00:04:13

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Rick Wakeman, Piano - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer - Woody Woodmansey, Drums

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

10
Queen Bitch (2015 Remaster)
00:03:20

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer - Woody Woodmansey, Drums

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

11
The Bewlay Brothers (2015 Remaster)
00:05:29

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Ray Staff, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Ken Scott (assisted by the actor), Producer

© 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co, LLC Under exclusive License to Parlophone Records Limited, ℗ 1971, 2015 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

Album review

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.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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