“Hunky Dory” is the record that truly signified David Bowie’s command of the album format. He had had a hit with the single “Space Oddity” and his third LP “The Man Who Sold the World” featured many great moments, however, it is really “Hunky Dory” that cemented Bowie’s position as a major pop player.
Ken Scott got his start as a tape op at EMI Studios (now known as Abbey Road) and worked his way up to engineer and even worked with The Beatles. He worked on George Harrison’s solo effort ‘All Things Must Pass’ and the made the move to Trident Studios where he engineered David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World”. At the time Ken thought Bowie was good but probably wasn’t going to go anywhere. When Bowie asked him to co-produce “Hunky Dory” and presented his new batch of songs, Scott was duly impressed and realised what a great songwriter Bowie had become.
Ken will relay what it was like working with David Bowie on their first co-production which was later followed by ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’, ‘Pin Ups’ and ‘Aladdin Sane’ (and they also worked together on Lou Reed’s most classic album ‘Transformer’). Ken’s first hand accounts are a wonder to behold and he will be bringing along some multi-tracks of Colleen’s favourite song from the album. There will also be a chance for an audience Q&A at the end of the session. This is going to be great!
Monday, 17th November, 7 to 10 pm
*** *** Doors open at 6 pm, and from then and throughout the evening (except during the album playback) the Brilliant Corners kitchen will be serving sushi and other Japanese dishes.
Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE
Transport: Dalston Junction / Dalston Kingsland / Haggerston Overground
Tickets: £20 in advance available here, £25 on the door.
Presenters: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy with ‘Hunky Dory’ producer Ken Scott
Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC Cartridge, Rega P9 Turntable, Rega IOS Reference MC Phono Stage, Audio Note Jinro Integrated Amp, Chord Signature Speaker Cable, Chord Signature Tuned Aray interconnects, ISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner, Klipsch SW-115 Subwoofers and Klipschorn Loudspeakers