Hunky Dory Sessions [no label 1CD]
various outtakes from 1968-74
Still don’t know what I was waiting forâ€¦ but it probably wasn’t this. Thirteen tracks serve up one more go round the block for the same clutch of out-takes and offcuts that have proven the meat and potatoes of every period Bowie collection of the past 35 years – and all in such grubby sound quality that it’s hard to believe the digital revolution has ever heard of remastering.
“London Bye Ta Ta,” “Bombers” (playing a tad faster than it ought to), “Ching A Ling,” “How Lucky You Are,” “Rupert The Riley,” “Tired Of My Life,” “Looking For A Friend,” demos of “Changes” (with “The Pushbike Song” obviously a major rhythmic influence) and “Kooks,” that semi-fascinating “Queen Bitch” where the familiar lyrics aren’t quite in place, and all wrapping up with the Young Americans era “Who Can I Be Now” and “It’s Gonna Be Me.”
So nothing to get excited about, nothing to sit and drool overâ€¦ nothing, in fact, that most Bowie collectors won’t already have in such abundance that you’re almost sick of hearing them. The gnome is still laughing. - Dave Thompson
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