A massive new David Bowie box set, Divine Symmetry, will celebrate the music icon’s Hunky Dory era with 48 previously unreleased tracks, including home demos and alternative mixes by original co-producer Ken Scott, as well as BBC radio sessions and various live and studio recordings.
A Divine Symmetry (An Alternative Journey Through ‘Hunky Dory’) will arrive on 4CD and digital formats on November 25th, with a vinyl LP edition to follow in February next year. Pre-order, here.
The collection has been previewed with a version of Kooks, the fifth track on his 1971’s Hunky Dory album, that was recorded for the Bob Harris BBC Radio program Sounds of the 70s by Bowie and guitarist Mick Ronson in London on September 21, 1971. Listen below.
‘Kooks’ | [Sounds Of The 70s: Bob Harris]
The first CD of the Divine Symmetry collection, titled The Songwriting Demos Plus, contains home and hotel room demos of songs Bowie was working on in the 12 months leading up to the release of Hunky Dory, along with previously unreleased songs like King Of The City, Right On Mother, How Lucky You Are (Miss Peculiar) and Tired Of My Life. The second and third discs contain BBC Radio and live recordings, and the fourth disc features alternate versions of ‘Hunky Dory’ tracks and much more.
Also included as part of the box set is a Blu-ray disc featuring the 2015 remastered edition of Hunky Dory, and the “alternate journey through Hunky Dory” which offers an entire alternate version of the album, with each of its tracks replaced with a previously-unreleased version. That will also be issued as a standalone vinyl edition in February next year.
The box set comes with a 100-page hardcover book featuring a 60-page replica of Bowie’s notes from that era, along with exclusive photos, handwritten lyrics, costume sketches and much more. Hunky Dory co-producer Ken Scott and others close to Bowie during the era have contributed liner notes. Pre-order A Divine Symmetry (An Alternative Journey Through ‘Hunky Dory’), here.
Earlier this month, Brett Morgen’s exclusive Bowie documentary film Moonage Daydream arrived in cinemas, as well as an accompanying soundtrack featuring previously unheard material and dialogue from Bowie himself. Read more, here.
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