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This review is from: Hunky Dory (Audio CD)
This classic album from 1971 is one of Bowie's very best albums. It was largely forgotten with the success of Ziggy Stardust, but unlike that later fantasy themed album, this album references some of Bowie's idols and contains as many classic tracks as Ziggy.
Take three out of the first four tracks: 'Changes', 'Oh! You Pretty Things' and 'Life on Mars'. Has there been a stronger start to album than that? There is brilliant song-writing both lyrically and musically on little known songs like 'Song for Bob Dylan'. Bowie describes Dylan as "with a voice like sand and glue" then later that he "put the fear in a whole lot more".
Musically this is basically the Ziggy Stardust band but with the oddball extra of Rick Wakeman on Piano. This album was recorded a year or two before Rick Wakeman started his own successful career, and if you've been listening to this album as long as I have you can't imagine it without the Piano. Wakeman's Piano is most prominent on 'Fill your Heart" which is the only song Bowie didn't write.
As with most Bowie albums this is a marvellously perverse mixture. Take 'Quicksand' for example, this has a wonderfully catchy chorus but the lyrics are all about getting closer to death - "knowledge comes with deaths release".
The remaster is excellent and the album sounds as good as I've ever heard it. A must have for any serious rock music collection.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2012 13:05:23 BDT
D. R. Jacks says:
Why is the inclusion of Rick Wakeman in the band an "oddball extra"? Wakeman was already an established session musician by 1971, he was young, talented and a bit of a rebel. It's difficult to think of anyone less "oddball".
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 20:01:10 BDT
S J Buck says:
Well thats an interesting question. I can't really remember what I was thinking about 5 years ago when I wrote that review I'm afraid. I suspect it was more of a reference to the inclusion of the prominent Piano parts across the album, rather than about Rick Wakeman himself.
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