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Hours / The Collectors Edition Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (4 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Friday Music
  • ASIN: B006HH5ZM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thursday's Child
2. Something in the Air
3. Survive
4. If I'm Dreaming My Life
5. Seven
6. What's Really Happening?
7. The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell
8. New Angels of Promise
9. Brilliant Adventure
10. The Dreamers
11. Something in the Air (American Psycho Remix)
12. Survive (Marius De Vries Mix)
13. Seven
14. The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (Stigmata Film Version)
15. We All Go Through

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD
what a pity that this album rarely receives the credit it deserves. Often compared with Hunky Dory, for its musical style, but not given anything like the same positive reaction, this album deserves to be cherished on its own merits.

The music is mostly melodic songs, which are quite wistful in tone, including the quite superb tracks 'Dreaming my life Away, Seven, and Thursdays Child. My personal highlight 'Survive' is a memorable song which stands well within the catalogue of Bowie's best.

Sadly underrated - this album does not deserve to be overlooked. Well worth adding to your collection and playing over and over
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Paul Savory VINE VOICE on 15 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful. Beautiful. Lavish. Not since 1983's Let's Dance can I put on one of Bowie's lps and listen to it without jumping tracks or going off to do something less boring instead. Hours is for me a true gem. Soft rock, pop with hints of many other shades. That is what Bowie is and does - he paints and blends colours into shades, he does the same with his music. Many times the shades have had jagged edges when a smooth finish was required or vice versa. Here, on Hours, the colours are perfect.

The following info is designed to help new-comers to point them in the right direction for their own tastes.
The No. * rating is very personal to me and these ratings have never really changed in all the 33 years I've been listening to Bowie. They are how I rate the whole LP/cd compared to other BOWIE output.
During 1990 and 1991 EMI released digitally remastered cds under the title of "SOUND + VISION". Most had bonus tracks... some tracks are poor but some are worth getting.
The following list is not definitive but points out the most accessible cds to newbies of Bowie.

1967 DAVID BOWIE - try getting the DELUXE EDITION, or DERAM ANTHOLOGY (not as complete but a good collection). 60's pop / whimsical / musical hall / very folk. 2*
1969 SPACE ODDITY - Electric folk / folk / soft rock - just like Hunky Dory 5*
1970 - THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD - Rock / hard rock - not unlike early Black Sabbath. 4*
1971 - HUNKY DORY - Folk / folk rock - just like Space Oddity 5*
1972 - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (aka ZIGGY STARDUST) Rock / glam rock 4*
1973 - ALADDIN SANE - Rock / glam rock 3.5*
1973 - PIN-UPS - 60's cover versions in rock / glam style. 2*
1974 - DIAMOND DOGS.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Trendy on 11 Nov 2007
Format: Mini-Disc
As the lyrics go in 'seven' - but if we had to believe what we read in these reviews we'd never trust our own judgements. I agree with the guy who said this will be a classic in years to come. Let's just get one thing straight about 'Hunky Dory'. That album was accepted by a largely cult following and it was ignored by the masses. Now, it is seen as an absolute classic, but only the superstar nature of Ziggy et al made the public look back and buy. The wheel has now gone full circle. Bowie has a cult status. His fans, and I'm his biggest, adore his music as it is now. Will he ever become a superstar again? No way. And I reckon that's fine by him. But on the day that Mr Bowie departs this world - god forbid when it happens - all the little people will get their first taste of what they should have bought years before. They will listen to 'Seven', 'Survive' and the other compostions on this work of art - and think, do you know, I believed what my mother said. She said he was past it. Don't always believe your mothers, as this man deserves to be canonised when he departs. 'Hours' is the work of a genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb 2000
Format: Audio CD
Bowie's music always has a raw and extremely intelligent appeal, which is a breath of fresh air compared to the boyband/girlband groups around; And unlike some 'live' groups, Bowie sounds magnificent. Obviously, he does employ various engineered mixes to achieve the sound he wants. But this simply enhances already wonderful music.
Never a conformist, Bowie's recent albums have varied considerably in a relatively short period of time, with the energetic(?) music on "Earthling" (a treat on it's own) to more meaningful and lyrically brilliant music on "hours". In particular "Something In The Air" & "Survive" are not to be missed.
How does he do it?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
Its not his best, but then his best is pretty brilliant, so don't hold that against this album. 'Something in the air' in particular is a beautiful song. Its quite an introspective sounding collection, which I like. His voice doesn't seem to be what it was, but it still holds the songs pretty well. I'd buy other albums first, but if you've got them, head for this. You shouldn't be disapointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
Hours.. is a surprisingly good album which repays repeated listening. It is not in the same league as Heathen , but I enjoyed it much more than Bowies latest release Reality.Many of the songs on Hours... are slow and melodic with a lot of acoustic guitar and restrained vocals from Bowie. Thursdays Child and Seven are prime examples of this. However there are a few faster, harder tracks included such as The Pretty Things are Going to Hell and Whats Really Happening. My personal favourites would probably be Dreamers and New Angels of Promise towards the end of the album. It's an "easy listening" album of good quality pop songs which may not break the new ground that Heathen does , but which is enjoyable in its own right.Bowie certainly doesn't "rock" on Hours...,doesn't give us any surprises,but there are quite a few good tunes on it and I would recommend it .
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