Hunky Dory

~ Release group by David Bowie

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Hunky Dory 12" Vinyl 11 RCA Victor SF 8244
Hunky Dory Vinyl 11 RCA Victor LSP 4623
Hunky Dory 12" Vinyl 11 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) LSP-4623 [none]
Hunky Dory 12" Vinyl 11 RCA International, MainMan INTS 5064 [none]
Hunky Dory 12" Vinyl 9 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) YL 13844
Hunky Dory CD 9 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) PD84623 0035628462329
Hunky Dory CD 9 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) PCD1-4623 078635462326
Hunky Dory CD 15 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDEMC 3572, CDP 79 1843 2 0077779184323
Hunky Dory CD 15 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDEMC 3572, CDP 79 1843 2 0077779184323
Hunky Dory CD 15 Rykodisc RCD 10133 [none]
Hunky Dory 12" Vinyl 15 Ryko Analogue RALP-0133 [none]
Hunky Dory (Au20) CD 15 Rykodisc RCD 80133 014431813320
Hunky Dory 12" Vinyl 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) LPCENT 21 724382144915
Hunky Dory CD 11 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”) 724 3 521899 0 8, 7243 521899 0 8 724352189908
Hunky Dory CD 11 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-65307 4988006775084
Hunky Dory CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 521899 0, 724 3 521899 0 8 724352189908
Hunky Dory CD 11 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-53526 4988006831773
Hunky Dory CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-70143 4988006849792
Hunky Dory SHM-CD 11 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-95043 4988006875982
Hunky Dory CD 11 Parlophone 521 8990, 7243 521899 0 8 724352189908
Hunky Dory (2015 remaster) Digital Media 11 Parlophone 825646286034
Hunky Dory CD 11 Parlophone 2564628343 9397601004935
Hunky Dory CD 11 Parlophone 0825646283439 0825646283439
Hunky Dory CD 11 Parlophone RPR2-218999 825646283439
Hunky Dory 12" Vinyl 9 Parlophone DB 69733 0190295833923
Hunky Dory 12" Vinyl 11 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) AYL1-3844 [none]
Hunky Dory (1999 remaster) Digital Media 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 724352189953
Bootleg
Hunky Dory (A pedir de boca) (blue vinyl) 12" Vinyl 9 RCA Victor LSP-4623 [none]
Hunky Dory CD 17

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Changes
Life on Mars?
included in: Five Years 1969–1973
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 108)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189509 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/1718 [info]
Wikidata: Q755988 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/david_bowie/hunky_dory/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5jqv [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.