Divine Symmetry: The Journey to Hunky Dory [Box Set] Image
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  • Summary: The five-disc box set includes early demos, David Bowie's appearances on BBC Radio, alternate mixes, singles and versions, as well as a Blu-ray disc that features an alternate version of the Hunky Dory album, the 2015 remaster of Hunky Dory and a recording session from "Sounds of the 70s".The five-disc box set includes early demos, David Bowie's appearances on BBC Radio, alternate mixes, singles and versions, as well as a Blu-ray disc that features an alternate version of the Hunky Dory album, the 2015 remaster of Hunky Dory and a recording session from "Sounds of the 70s". Plus, a 100-page hardback book and a 60-page replica of some of Bowie's notebooks. Expand
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  1. Mojo
    Nov 23, 2022
    100
    Exhaustive box set. ... Very much like a portrait artist will make numerous sketches, so we see the evolution of these songs as Bowie rewrites lyrics, improves melodies, tweaks arrangements, each stage an improvement on the previous. [Jan 2023, p.94]
  2. 90
    Divine Symmetry for once does what it promises to do, which is track Bowie's progression in one extraordinary year. ... This is a comprehensive trawl through 1971 - and an extraordinary one. [Dec 2022, p.84]
  3. Nov 28, 2022
    88
    It’s a remarkable time that is documented in superfan-satisfying detail in the 4-CD collection “A Divine Symmetry,” the latest in the long and beautifully compiled series of reissues from the Bowie estate (the vinyl will be available in February).
  4. Nov 23, 2022
    80
    The collection’s treasure trove of five discs contains raw demos, radio sessions, a rare live concert, and alternative mixes that show how Bowie was desperate to figure out his next step. ... The songs that didn’t make it to Hunky Dory studio versions are even more revealing. Each shows Bowie was woodshedding new characters. ... The rest of the demos show how Bowie developed his sound and stuck to his vision when he got into the studio.
  5. Nov 23, 2022
    80
    Those lyrics [from previously unreleased demo, Tired Of My Life], slightly tweaked, would also make the final It’s No Game; that they date to this period of self-doubt and self-discovery and ended up bookending one of the greatest decade-long streaks in music is revelatory. Demos of Hunky Dory standouts have fewer surprises: written during a spate of fevered creativity in Haddon Hall, his boho Beckenham pile, everything is all but there, a few lyrical improvements aside.
  6. Dec 2, 2022
    80
    The end result is historically significant but also a pleasure: for anybody who has wanted to live within the world of Hunky Dory, this offers an excellent place to do just that.
  7. Nov 28, 2022
    80
    Divine Symmetry shows that this metamorphosis didn’t happen without a good deal of huffing and puffing. Therein lies its intrigue, as the groundwork is revealed. ... It’s a fascinating journey.
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