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Bowie's Hours was a critically acclaimed celebration of some of his most memorable late period EMI work. Comparable in ways to Scary Monsters & Hunky Dory, Hours was a treasure trove of new Bowie music which surely catered to his millions of fans across the world. The long out of print CD includes alternative radio favorites like his global hits "Thursday's Child" and "Survive." Friday Music is honored to present David Bowie's classic Hours: The Collector's Edition. This limited remaster edition CD is now enhanced with 5 bonus tracks & an elaborate 10 panel digipak.
"...as nakedly emotive a collection as anything in his iconic catalog; it's a summary statement from the man who invented postmodern rock & roll....Hours is a testament to the serenity that comes with legend status, maturity and endurance..." --Rolling Stone
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The first time I listened to the whole thing, I was confused as to why so many reviewers seem to find so much fault with it. I will concede it's far from his best recorded vocal performance (he sounds physically tired -- and probably was due to his health at the time), and I will also admit not every song is my cup of tea (not a fan of "New Angels of Promise" or "The Dreamers"). But when has EVERY Bowie song on a specific album ever been my cup of tea? I don't like everything he does, but almost always there is enough or more than enough that I do like to make owning a particular album worthwhile.
I still don't understand why he made a ballad the lead song and I'm not quite sure how it fits with the remaining tracks, but if anything, it's worth purchasing for the remixes, as they may one day become rarities/collectibles. If you're into building upon your already-existing Bowie collection and you like him when he's "toned down" a bit, I think you'll find "Hours" worthwhile. I listen to it now on a regular basis. I have come to really like this album.
Overall another great release by Music on Vinyl.
Every single song on Hours is good and I would rate each one as 4 stars, but no classic 5 star songs. He was happily married, clean and sober, and at the top of his game. The music on this release reflects this mood. So why was it not too successful in sales? Probably for the inclusion of the song called "The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell". Many of those old Ziggy/Alladin Sane fans refuse to let go with the characters from his strung out days. This song clearly ticked off those fans, but it was also announcing his permanent break with the past. He was an actor who always produced music to keep his fans on their toes. Some of those old fans would rather see him still suffering at this point in his career just to satisfy their own need for an idol that they can identify with, which is quite selfish. I should not have listened to those fans when this was first released. If you want to hear a happy David Bowie, then this record is for you.
This new release with five new track versions is worth the purchase. "Seven" is pure pleasurable pop, mixed just right and "Something In The Air" seems like a precursor to the "Rapture" (yes, in the Bible), with its ethereal, doomsday insinuations. At the very least, it's all a good collection for a ride in the car.