David Bowie – Divine Symmetry (2022)

Posted by Green on November 24, 2022as

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The much rumoured and long-awaited box set focusing on David Bowie’s 1971 album Hunky Dory will be released in November. It’s called A Divine Symmetry: The Journey to Hunky Dory and will be a 4CD+blu-ray deluxe set.

The collection is similar in presentation and content to 2019’s Conversation Piece. It celebrates the 12 months running up to the release of the Hunky Dory in December 1971, via home demos, BBC radio sessions and live and studio recordings.

CD 1 takes in early demos, CDs 2 & 3 explore David Bowie’s appearances on BBC Radio at this time with John Peel In Concert type content, while the fourth CD delivers alternate mixes, singles and ‘versions’.

The blu-ray is all hi-res stereo-only, with the exception of one track: ‘Life On Mars (2016 mix)’ which is in 5.1 and stereo. This disc has an alternate version of the Hunky Dory album made up of different versions of each track (‘An Alternative Journey Through Hunky Dory‘). This sits alongside the 2015 remaster (from the Five Years box) and a Bob Harris ‘Sounds of the 70s’.

A Divine Symmetry: The Journey to Hunky Dory is a 4CD+blu-ray deluxe set (click image to enlarge)
In total the new set offers 48 previously unreleased tracks/demos from the period. This set comes as a 100-page hardback book featuring exclusive memorabilia and photos. There’s also a 60-page replica composite of Bowie’s notebooks from the era featuring handwritten lyrics, costume drawings, recording notes and set lists.

Sleeve notes have been written for the release by Bowie expert Tris Penna, along with contributions from Hunky Dory co-producer Ken Scott, lifelong Bowie friends Geoff MacCormack and George Underwood, singer Dana Gillespie, guitarist Mark Pritchett, Friars Aylesbury promoter David Stopps, publisher Bob Grace and photographer Louanne Richards.

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