- An outstanding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
- The best sounding tracks are Demo Quality — Oh You Pretty Things is a KNOCKOUT here
- Relatively quiet vinyl (M- to M–), most copies we find don’t play nearly this well
- “A touchstone for reinterpreting pop’s traditions into fresh, postmodern pop music.” 5 stars
The sound is rich, spacious and sweet with a HUGE soundstage. Drop the needle on Changes and check out how dynamic it is. Side one is where the most popular material for this album is found (Changes, Life On Mars, Oh! You Pretty Things) so this copy definitely a great way to go on Hunky Dory.
What to Listen For (WTLF)
Pressings of this record typically suffer from one major shortcoming: a severe lack of presence in the midrange. Bowie sounds like he has a blanket over his head on 90% of the copies you might run into, import and dometic. I always just kind of expected to hear it that way for the rest of my life. Now I know better. Both sides of this copy show you the Hunky Dory that you always dreamed could exist, must exist, but somehow has proved elusive in the real world.
Ken Scott, Recording Genius
The amazing engineer KEN SCOTT (Ziggy Stardust, Magical Mystery Tour, Honky Chateau, Crime of the Century, Truth, Birds of Fire) is the man responsible for the sound here (he also produced the album, replacing Tony Visconti).
The kind of Tubey Magical richness, smoothness and fullness he achieved at Trident in the early ’70s have never been equaled elsewhere in our opinion.
In 2008 I had the opportunity to hear Ken speak at an AES meeting here in Los Angeles. This is the man who recorded some of the All Time Great Rock Albums, the likes of Crime of the Century, Ziggy Stardust, The White Album, Honky Chateau, All Things Must Pass, Son Of Schmilsson, America’s debut… this is one seriously talented guy!
I won’t bore you by trying to recap his talk, but if it ever comes out on youtube or the like, you should definitely check it out. The Behind-The-Scenes discussion of these artists and their recordings was a thrill for someone like me who has been playing and enjoying the hell out of most of his albums for more than thirty years.
Oh! You Pretty Things
Eight Line Poem
Life on Mars?
Fill Your Heart
Song for Bob Dylan
The Bewlay Brothers