Hunky Dory is the fourth album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, recorded in the summer of 1971.
The album has received critical acclaim since its release, and is regarded as one of the artist’s best works.
In 1998, Q magazine readers voted Hunky Dory the 43rd greatest album of all time, while in 2000 the same magazine placed it at number 16 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked 107th on Rolling Stone ’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Bowie himself considers the album to be one of the most important in his career. Speaking in 1999, he said: “Hunky Dory gave me a fabulous groundswell. I guess it provided me, for the first time in my life, with an actual audience – I mean, people actually coming up to me and saying, ‘Good album, good songs.’ That hadn’t happened to me before. It was like, ‘Ah, I’m getting it, I’m finding my feet. I’m starting to communicate what I want to do. Now: what is it I want to do?’ There was always a double whammy there.” ‘Stephen Thomas Erlewine’ David Bowie – Hunky Dory is a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie’s sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class. Mick Ronson’s guitar is pushed to the back, leaving Rick Wakeman’s cabaret piano to dominate the sound of the album.
David Bowie – vocals, guitar, alto and tenor saxophone, piano
Mick Ronson – guitar, vocals, Mellotron, arrangements
Rick Wakeman – piano
Trevor Bolder – bass guitar, trumpet
Mick Woodmansey – drums
Release Date: 1971
Styles: Album Rock – Art Rock – Contemporary Pop/Rock – Glam Rock
David Bowie – Hunky Dory Tracklist
- 00:00 Changes
- 03:37 Oh! You Pretty Things
- 06:49 Eight Line Poem
- 09:45 Life On Mars?
- 13:39 Kooks
- 16:33 Quicksand
- 21:41 Fill Your Heart
- 24:49 Andy Warhol
- 28:46 Song for Bob Dylan
- 32:58 Queen Bitch
- 36:17 The Bewlay Brothers
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