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Editors’ Notes

Though David Bowie is now enshrined as one of rock's true visionaries, there was a time early in his career when he was clearly searching for his voice. 1971's Hunky Dory helped Bowie find his footing, serving as the folk- and glam-influenced follow-up to the gritty hard rock of The Man Who Sold the World. Its welcome variety set the stage for Bowie's emergence as one of the most versatile artists of the '70s. (His wildly popular Ziggy Stardust persona was on deck.) The album's opening cut, "Changes," eventually became a modest hit and serves as a definitive Bowie anthem. Elsewhere, Bowie's Anthony Newley/English music hall influences are still ripe ("Kooks," "Fill Your Heart," "Andy Warhol"). His attempts at otherworldly singer/songwriterdom (where acoustic and electric guitars are parceled out as required) are appealingly presented on "Song for Bob Dylan" and the ambitiously stream-of-conscious "The Bewlay Boys." Bowie's ambiguous sexuality takes a playful turn with the sparkling glam rock of "Oh! You Pretty Things" and the Lou Reed/Velvet Underground—influenced drive of "Queen Bitch."

Customer Reviews

A true masterpiece.

This music is just beautiful. It was before Bowie hit the "Glam-Rock" scene so it just sounds so different. And that's what makes this album so amazing. It sounds unique.


this album is more than words. bowie was and will forever be a legend and it's all because of this and his next two albums. this was the time to be, i'm telling ya <3

remembering the great voice of David.

i remember when this album came out and listening to it for the first time back in 1972 and thinking wow grovy out of this world amaxzing voice.. sure Led Zep had the golden voice and David Bowie was the out of this world voice it was the best ever.. as a young girl learning about this music.. sooo new and so great ... his voice is out of this world.

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