Hunky Dory (2015
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Billboard gave the album a positive review, praising it as "a heavy debut for RCA, loaded with the kind of Top 40 and FM appeal that should break him through big on the charts. In 1999, the original album was rereleased on CD through Virgin/EMI with 24-bit digitally remastered sound.
In 2021, to celebrate the record's 50th anniversary, Parlophone announced a vinyl picture disc reissue of the album (2015 remaster), which was released on 7 January 2022. Although now widely acknowledged as one of the best albums of all time, Hunky Dory didn’t make a dent on the U. Fill Your Heart", written by Biff Rose and Paul Williams, is the only track on Hunky Dory not written by Bowie;  it is his first recorded cover song in six years. It tells an important part of Bowie's musical career, with his music increasingly on the end of rock, and glam.Many journalists and commentators have suggested "the girl with the mousy hair" to be Hermione Farthingale, a former girlfriend of Bowie. Pegg notes that there was a song from 1957 by American doo-wop band the Guytones also titled "Hunky Dory" that may also have played a part.
His lyrical concerns on the record range from the compulsive nature of artistic reinvention on " Changes", to occultism and Nietzschean philosophy on " Oh!Looking back from the vantage point of 2018, it’s easy to forget the early trajectory of David Bowie’s rising star was a bit wobbly. The piano-driven arrangement differs from Bowie's live performances of the song in 1970 when acoustic guitar dominated.
The original UK cover featured Bowie's name and the album title; in the US the title was instead printed on a sticker and placed onto the translucent wrapping. These qualities fold such wild cards as the tongue-in-cheek celebrity send-up 'Andy Warhol', the psychedelic folk of 'The Bewlay Brothers', and exuberant jam of 'Queen Bitch', the album's only overt rocker, neatly into the deck, making for the first of Bowie's truly indisputable masterpieces. In their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Rolling Stone ranked it number 107 in 2003,  number 108 in the 2012 revised list,  and number 88 in the 2020 revised list. She said he was ever such a nice man but he had really stinky breath, like he had been eating too much cheese!Doggett states that the song "was written about a lack of inspiration and as a means of accessing it". On the all-analog EMI pressing, vocals and some finer upper-register details are a bit clearer in places, but dense passages on tracks such as “Life on Mars” sound murky and muddled when compared to the U. Defries told RCA that they "had nothing since the fifties" but they could "own the seventies" if they hired Bowie. This 1LP brings together early mixes of HUNKY DORY tracks originally featured on the BOWPROMO album in 1971 along with new alternative Ken Scott mixes to create an alternative version of the Hunky Dory album, also featuring the session outtake ‘Bombers’. A few months after he had terminated Bowie's contract with Mercury, Defries showcased the newly recorded Hunky Dory to multiple labels in the US, including New York City's RCA Records.