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Hunky Dory still sounding amazing at 43

on December 17, 2014


“Oh, look out you rock ’n rollers“


David Bowie’s Hunky Dory LP (his first for RCA), was released on this day in the UK in 1971. The album had already been released in the USA at this point, as had the attendant single, Changes.

However, despite a decent press campaign and very appreciative reviews, the record didn't enter the UK Top 50 for another ten months and it took several more weeks before it entered the Top 20 at the height of Ziggymania.

It eventually peaked at #3, incredible when one considers how precious a recording the majority of Bowie fans (and indeed, rock fans in general),

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Rolling Stone France 8-page Bowie cover feature

on December 16, 2014


“I found the secrets, I found the gold“


In celebration of Nothing Has Changed - The Very Best of David Bowie, the January/February 2015 edition of Rolling Stone France has an interesting Bowie cover feature by Denis Roulleau titled: Expérimentale & secrete - La face cachée de David Bowie.

Elsewhere there’s also a full-page appreciation by Philippe Barbot of the classic 1977 Bowie track "Heroes".

The main article concerns itself with 25 of the more obscure Bowie tunes along with a few better known recordings that the magazine considers ’Expérimentale’.

These are the tracks that really made

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NHC back up to #32 plus BBC Music Award tributes

on December 14, 2014


“Look at him climb“


The Official Charts Company in the UK has announced that Nothing Has Changed - The Very Best of David Bowie has gone back up the album chart seven places to #32.

No doubt people are realising the album is a hard-to-beat, quality Christmas gift.

Meanwhile, if you missed the inaugural BBC Music Awards on Thursday, you can watch the whole thing on the BBC iPlayer.

Though our man didn't pick up the gong for British Artist of the Year (cynical cries of “Don’t attend, don’t win!“), there was a lovely collection of tributes for him from the likes of Gary Barlow, Sarah-Jane

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Nine out of Ten for NHC in Classic Rock Mag

on December 08, 2014


“Classic Rock ’n’ roll star, Just watch me now“


The January 2015 issue of Classic Rock magazine has a two-page, nine out of ten review of Nothing Has Changed - The Very Best Of Bowie. (An album which still resides in the UK Top 40)

The review is by David Quantick and here’s an excerpt:


“But the real fun lies in the triple CD, the one with the very forbidding, more recent photo of Bowie looking through a glass darkly.

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Young Americans is next 40th Anniversary Picture Disc

on December 07, 2014


“One damn song that can make me, break down and cry”


As you’ve no doubt already worked out, the next limited David Bowie 7" picture disc will be the 40th anniversary edition of Young Americans.

Originally issued in the UK on February 21st 1975, this 40th anniversary disc of Young Americans is scheduled to be released 40 years and 2 days on from that date.

Young Americans was the lead single from the album of the same name, and it gave Bowie another Top 20 45 in the UK.

The A-Side of this 40th anniversary edition features Tony Visconti’s 2007 Young Americans single mix, which makes its