David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ Gets Deluxe Reissue Treatment Including Unreleased Tracks – Rolling Stone

Hunky Dory, David Bowie’s basic album that yielded “Modifications” and “Life on Mars?” would be the focus of an upcoming deluxe reissue that collects unreleased dwelling demos, stay recordings, radio classes, and extra from the rock legend’s fertile 1971.

Divine Symmetry (An Alternate Journey Via Hunky Dory), arriving Nov. 25 as a 4CD/1Blu-ray set, options 48 unreleased tracks in complete, together with Bowie’s own residence and resort recordings for tracks that wound up on Hunky Dory, in addition to unreleased songs like “King of the Metropolis,” “Uninterested in My Life” (later partially revisited for Scary Monsters’ “It’s No Sport”), “Proper On Mom,” “How Fortunate You Are (Miss Peculiar)” and extra.

The extra discs are stuffed out with Bowie’s total John Peel session from June 1971 — solely a handful of the recordings beforehand appeared on the Bowie on the Beeb comp — plus further never-officially-released BBC recordings, the unearthed BOWPROMO EP, single mixes, b-sides, and alternate variations of the Hunky Dory tracks.

Forward of Divine Symmetry’s launch, Parlaphone has shared Bowie’s unreleased rendition of Hunky Dory’s “Kooks” from the BBC’s Sounds of the 70s With Bob Harris:

The Blu-ray options the 2015 remastered model of Hunky Dory in addition to the titular Divine Symmetry (An Alternate Journey Via Hunky Dory), a set that reimagines Hunky Dory’s observe record through the use of an unreleased model of every of the album’s 12 songs; that model of Divine Symmetry may also be launched as a standalone vinyl in Feb. 2023.

Rounding out the deluxe field set is a 100-page hardback ebook that includes unique memorabilia and pictures, in addition to a 60-page duplicate composite of Bowie’s notebooks from the period that includes handwritten lyrics, costume drawings, recording notes, and set lists. Hunky Dory co-producer Ken Scott and Bowie’s buddies, bandmates, and collaborators of the period additionally contribute liner notes to the gathering.

Divine Symmetry (An Alternate Journey Via Hunky Dory) is on the market to preorder now by way of Bowie’s web site, the place you may also see the gathering’s tracklist.

Hunky Dory positioned at Quantity 88 on Rolling Stone’s record of the five hundred Best Albums of All Time, Bowie’s third-highest rating LP behind Ziggy Stardust and Station to Station.

“David Bowie, then 24, arrived on the Hunky Dory cowl shoot with a ebook of pictures of Marlene Dietrich: an ideal metaphor for this album’s visionary mix of homosexual camp, flashy rock guitar, and saloon-piano balladry. Bowie marked the polar ends of his creative ambitions with tribute songs to Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol,” Rolling Stone wrote of the LP in 2020. 

“In ‘Oh! You Fairly Issues,’ ‘Quicksand,’ and ‘Modifications’ he invented and perfected a brand new type of rock & roll glamour. On ‘Life on Mars?’ he sings to all of the weirdos like himself, who really feel like aliens on Earth. Quickly a complete military of youngsters would try to remake themselves in his spangled picture, proving his level.”

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