Hunky Dory

~ Release group by David Bowie

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Hunky Dory12" Vinyl11
  • GB1971-12-17
RCA VictorSF 8244
Hunky DoryVinyl11
RCA VictorLSP 4623
Hunky Dory12" Vinyl11
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)LSP-4623[none]
Hunky Dory12" Vinyl11
RCA Victor, MainMan26.21079, APRS-5948, LSP-4623[none]
Hunky Dory12" Vinyl11
RCA International, MainManINTS 5064[none]
Hunky Dory12" Vinyl9
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)YL 13844
Hunky DoryCD9
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)PD846230035628462329
Hunky DoryCD9
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)PCD1-4623078635462326
Hunky Dory (made in Holland)CD15
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDEMC 3572, CDP 79 1843 20077779184323
Hunky Dory (Made in Austria)CD15
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDEMC 3572, CDP 79 1843 20077779184323
Hunky Dory (Ryko remaster)12" Vinyl15
Ryko AnalogueRALP-0133[none]
Hunky Dory (Ryko remaster)CD15
RykodiscRCD 10133[none]
Hunky Dory (Au20)CD15
RykodiscRCD 80133014431813320
Hunky Dory12" Vinyl11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)LPCENT 21724382144915
Hunky DoryEnhanced CD12
  • US1999-09-28
Virgin Records America, Inc. (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”)724 3 521899 0 8, 7243 521899 0 8724352189908
Hunky DoryCD11
  • JP1999-09-29
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-653074988006775084
Hunky DoryCD11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)521899 0, 724 3 521899 0 8724352189908
Hunky DoryCD11
  • JP2005-07-06
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-535264988006831773
Hunky DoryCD11
  • JP2007-01-10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-701434988006849792
Hunky DorySHM-CD11
  • JP2009-10-28
EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint)TOCP-950434988006875982
Hunky DoryCD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)521 8990, 7243 521899 0 8724352189908
Hunky Dory (2015 remaster)Digital Media11
  • XW2015-09-25
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)825646286034
Hunky Dory (2015 Remaster)Digital Media11
  • XW2015-09-25
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)825646288403
Hunky DoryCD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)25646283439397601004935
Hunky DoryCD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)08256462834390825646283439
Hunky DoryCD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)RPR2-218999825646283439
Hunky Dory12" Vinyl9
  • XE2017-05-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)DB 697330190295833923
Hunky Dory12" Vinyl11RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)AYL1-3844[none]
Hunky Dory (1999 remaster)Digital Media11EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)724352189953
Bootleg
Hunky Dory (A pedir de boca) (blue vinyl)12" Vinyl9
  • -2011
RCA VictorLSP-4623[none]
Hunky DoryCD17

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Changes
Life on Mars
included in:Five Years 1969–1973
The 24K Gold Collection – Golden Years
part of:Jaguaro: One Hundred Albums You Should Remove from Your Collection Immediately (number: 10) (order: 10)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 13) (order: 13)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 88) (order: 88)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 108) (order: 108)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/1718 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5jqv [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/david_bowie/hunky_dory/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189509 [info]
Wikidata:Q755988 [info]

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Recorded at Trident Studios in July 1971, several days after his Glastonbury appearance, Hunky Dory captures David Bowie in transition from the pot-enhanced rock of The Man Who Sold The World to the grand concept of Ziggy Stardust. Produced by Ken Scott, the album is very much a songwriter's work and finds Bowie for the first time finding his own voice after scrabbling around stylistically for best part of a decade.

In 1971, singer-songwriters were very much a la mode - in a way Hunky Dory is Bowie's Tapestry or Madman Across The Water, albeit with themes that encompassed art, gender, other lifeforms and general strangeness. All the component parts of the Spiders From Mars are in place - Mick Ronson, Woody Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder. Although Bowie tackled some "less complicated piano parts" due to "(inability)" as he wrote on the sleeve, it is session player Rick Wakeman who gives the album its pastoral flavour.

Hunky Dory contains some of Bowie's greatest songs. "Changes" and "Life On Mars?", "Oh! You Pretty Things" are almost too well-known now; but to hear the scale of Bowie's ambition is incredible. "Andy Warhol" introduced the pop-artist to many British listeners, while the fairly unrepresentative "Queen Bitch" (his tribute to Velvet Underground) points the way clearest to what was to lay ahead.

This album finally demonstrated David Bowie's enormous potential to the listening public. It became a huge hit after Bowie broke through and became a household name in 1972.