David Bowie ‎– Hours...

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Thursday's Child 5:24
Something In The Air 5:46
Survive 4:11
If I'm Dreaming My Life 7:04
Seven 4:04
What's Really Happening? 4:10
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell 4:40
New Angels Of Promise 4:35
Brilliant Adventure 1:54
The Dreamers 5:14

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7243 8 48158 2 0, CDVX 2900 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Ltd, Len) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 48158 2 0, CDVX 2900 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
VJCP-68160, 7243 8 48157 0 7 David Bowie 'Hours...'(CD, Album, Ltd, Promo, Len) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-68160, 7243 8 48157 0 7 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
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7243 8 48157 4 5 David Bowie 'Hours...'(Cass, Album) Virgin Records America 7243 8 48157 4 5 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48716 0 4, 7243 8 48157 2 1, VISA 4900 David Bowie Hours...(Box, Ltd + CD, Album + VCD, Single, Enh, Ltd, Prom) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 48716 0 4, 7243 8 48157 2 1, VISA 4900 France 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 2 1, 7243 84815721 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 48157 2 1, 7243 84815721 Indonesia 1999 Sell This Version
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848157 2 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album) Virgin 848157 2 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
848157 2, 368 848157 2 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 848157 2, 368 848157 2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 2 1 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album) Virgin 7243 8 48157 2 1 Mexico 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 Italy 1999 Sell This Version
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7243 8 48157 0 7 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Enh) Virgin 7243 8 48157 0 7 US 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 0 7 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Enh, Len) Virgin 7243 8 48157 0 7 US 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 0 7 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Enh, Len) Virgin Music Canada 7243 8 48157 0 7 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 0 7 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Enh, Promo, Len) Virgin 7243 8 48157 0 7 US 1999 Sell This Version
8481582 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Ltd, Len) Virgin 8481582 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48158 2 0, CDVX 2900 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Ltd, Len) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 48158 2 0, CDVX 2900 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
VJCP-68160, 7243 8 48157 0 7 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Ltd, Len) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-68160, 7243 8 48157 0 7 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
CDVDJ2900 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Virgin CDVDJ2900 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
VISA 4833 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Virgin VISA 4833 France 1999 Sell This Version
CDVDJ2900 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Virgin CDVDJ2900 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
7087 6 14375 0 8, DPRO-14375 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Promo, Enh) Virgin, Virgin 7087 6 14375 0 8, DPRO-14375 US 1999 Sell This Version
BG-R-0165, 7243 8 48157 2 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) BG-R-0165, 7243 8 48157 2 China 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 2 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Unofficial) Virgin (2) 7243 8 48157 2 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
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7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) 7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
AP00625 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Unofficial) Sony Music Media (2) AP00625 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 2 1 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Unofficial) Sony Music (2), Sony Music Media (2) 7243 8 48157 2 1 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Hours...(CDr, Album, Promo) Virgin none US 1999 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Hours...(CDr, Album, Promo) Virgin none UK 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 4 5 David Bowie Hours...(Cass, Album) Virgin Records America 7243 8 48157 4 5 US 1999 Sell This Version
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7243 8 48157 4 5 David Bowie Hours...(Cass, Album) Gala Records (5) 7243 8 48157 4 5 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
TCV 2900, 7243 8 48157 4 5 David Bowie Hours...(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin TCV 2900, 7243 8 48157 4 5 Poland 1999 Sell This Version
DIGITAL Z 172 David Bowie Hours...(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Muzik DIGITAL Z 172 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
DBP 48157 TP David Bowie Hours...(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Promo, Unofficial, Gre) Virgin (2) DBP 48157 TP Russia 1999 Sell This Version
MDV 2900, 7243 8 48157 8 3 David Bowie Hours...(MD, Album) Virgin, Virgin MDV 2900, 7243 8 48157 8 3 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
DPB 48157TP David Bowie 'Hours...'(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Promo, Unofficial, Gre) EMI (2), Virgin (2) DPB 48157TP Russia 2000 Sell This Version
7 24384 81582 0 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Unofficial) Virgin (2) 7 24384 81582 0 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
DBPR72438 48157 2 0 David Bowie Hours...(LP, Album, Pic, Unofficial) Virgin (2) DBPR72438 48157 2 0 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
5119362000 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE) Columbia 5119362000 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
511936 0, COL 511936 0 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia 511936 0, COL 511936 0 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
CK 92099 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, Club) Columbia CK 92099 US 2004 Sell This Version
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ISO Records, CK 92099 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE) ISO Records, Columbia ISO Records, CK 92099 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
511936 9 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Ltd, Dig) Columbia 511936 9 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
88697169032C David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RE, Dig) Columbia 88697169032C Europe 2004 Sell This Version
CK 92099 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE, RM) ISO Records, Columbia CK 92099 US 2004 Sell This Version
MHCP 1344-5 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp, RE + Ltd, Gat) Sony Records Int'l MHCP 1344-5 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
FRM-48157 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE, RM) ISO Records, Columbia, Friday Music FRM-48157 US 2011 Sell This Version
SICP 30153 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE, RM, Blu) Sony Records Int'l SICP 30153 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
MOVLP1400 David Bowie Hours...(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Blu) ISO Records, Columbia, Music On Vinyl MOVLP1400 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
MOVLP1400 David Bowie Hours...(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Min) ISO Records, Columbia, Music On Vinyl MOVLP1400 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
FRM-48155 David Bowie Hours...(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Tra) Friday Music FRM-48155 US 2015 Sell This Version
MOVLP1400 David Bowie Hours...(LP, Album, RE) ISO Records, Columbia, Music On Vinyl MOVLP1400 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
0825646507528 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE) Parlophone, ISO Records 0825646507528 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
RP2-553042 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE) Parlophone, ISO Records RP2-553042 US 2016 Sell This Version
0825646507528 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE) Parlophone, ISO Records 0825646507528 Brazil 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie 'Hours...'(27xFile, AAC, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, 256) Columbia none US Unknown
none David Bowie Hours... (Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (David Bowie) none Unknown Sell This Version
7243 8 48157 21, 7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 David Bowie Hours...(CD, Album, RE, Hol) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 48157 21, 7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none David Bowie Hours...(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Sony Music (2) none US Unknown Sell This Version

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EmperorPigeon

EmperorPigeon

September 17, 2017
referencing Hours..., CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Ltd, Dig, 511936 9

Whilst I, like many others, heard Bowie's work before The Nomad Soul, it was that game that piqued my interest as prior to that Bowie's work wasn't all that important in my collection.

But then 1999 and playing the demo (PC original version), the main credits start to roll and the correct version of New Angels of Promise starts to play. Note what I said there: the correct version as even the second CD just contains a duplicate version of the edit from the original release with the lyrics "suspicious minds" instead of "Omikron", along with a difference in speed and length. From what I can gather, no release after this ever corrected this error. Of course, the game version is available in-game and accompanying a trailer for the game with the full theme (and Windows "ding!" error just about audible roughly half way through), as well as out there on the interwebs.

With that elephant in the room (at least for me) dealt with, let's look at the rest of the album. The first three songs from the original release presented on the first CD (Thursday's Child, Something In The Air, and Survive) offer Bowie's style of stories where he channels an introspective mix of sadness; hope; and realisation of the character/hero, all are good but compared to the opener, Something In The Air pulls me more on intensity of the music and Bowie's performance and Survive is the better soulful piece with a more interesting melody than Thursday's Child offers. -- The second CD presents two versions of Thursday's Child, the rock mix and the Omikron version. The rock mix is interesting but Bowie's otherwise excellent vocals are misplaced here and could have done with rerecording back in the day, whereas the Omikron version is virtually identical save for the extra few seconds. Whereas the American Psycho remix of Something In The Air is interesting with the changed intro, additional backing vocals, and piano along with other little tweaks makes it an interesting and worthy addition (although I do prefer the original cut). What is arguably the best of the three originally, Survive fares the worst here with the Marius De Vries mix and adds nothing of value and takes away from the effectiveness of the original.

If I'm Dreaming My Life brings us rock and soulful or it at least tries to, but the song doesn't seem to know what it really wants to be and to my mind it is the kind of song that you either think is a work of genius or not and I'm of the latter mind in this. Seven is a return to form with lovely acoustic guitars, Bowie's warmth quality, and a coherent story that overall touches upon being country blues. Not a bad thing at all. -- Seven is represented with four entries: the demo version which is very welcome; a not unlistenable Marius De Vries mix; and two Beck mixes that feel as though you're trying to get a good reception on the radio.

Moving on back into rock territory, What's Really Happening? has interesting lyrics but it also manages to be somewhat bland wallpaper pop music. It could be on in the background in a shop and you wouldn't necessarily notice, however it does gain points back if you're looking for a mellow song to relax to at home with the headphones on. On that basis, it's hard to knock What's Really Happening? so take it for what it is.

Completely the opposite tonally speaking, The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell goes towards hard rock and is one of the "play it loud or go home" songs. Depending on your persuasion, you may find yourself doing air guitar to this one and/or bouncing about the room. -- The second CD has three versions: the (radio presumably) edit; Stigmata film version that is little changed from the original cut; and the Stigmata film only version that has the repetitve house/trance nonsense drumbeats front and centre, which just ruins the song but no doubt made sense only to those of a teenager mindset that thinks repetitive drumbeat sequences should be in everything.

Whilst I've already spoken about New Angels of Promise and the not actually the Omikron version that appears on the second CD, I will only add that I feel it is the most unique song on the entire album and presents we listeners with Bowie's experimental side. As I'm entirely biased, this is my favourite of them all.

Brilliant Adventure is an Far East/of the Orient/Oriental sounding ambient instrumental that is remarkably not brilliant and nor is it an adventure, which makes it not a wonder that it didn't make the cut as incidental music and it would not have been missed if it hadn't have been included. Thematically, it has a tenuous link with the final song of the original CD release: The Dreamers which is so named because of the in-game version of Bowie, Reeves Gabrels, and Gail Ann Dorsey being presented as the illegal band The Dreamers within the world of Omikron. The Dreamers as a song is nice enough to listen to, but not one that is necessarily worth a relisten. -- The Dreamers (Omikron longer version) is only longer due to the added windchimes before and after the song, otherwise it's the same.

To cover the remaining songs from the second CD: 1917 is a mish-mash of rejigged versions of instrumental music composed for The Nomad Soul that is curious perhaps, but skippable. We Shall Go To Town and No One Calls feel out of place, both are very melachonly songs that have no little life to them at all when compared and contrasted to the rest of the album. Of course, the stand out is We All Go Through AKA what was used for the ending credits for The Nomad Soul and should - in my opinion - have been on the original release (it was on the Japanese release as a bonus track). Back in the day I was annoyed about that and the incorrect version of New Angels of Promise on the original release, but when 2004 came along and this 2CD release came out? Whilst I was doubly annoyed with the aforementioned bungling of New Angels of Promise, I was very happy that I could have We All Go Through on CD at long last.
shark-records

shark-records

July 25, 2017
referencing Hours..., LP, Album, Pic, Unofficial, DBPR72438 48157 2 0
I have this picture LP for sale in perfect conditions . Ask me
buffyleigh

buffyleigh

February 7, 2017
referencing Hours..., LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Blu, MOVLP1400

The purple/blue MOV version is perfect. Gorgeous cover and booklet, and the sound is fantastic. Had only heard this album via streaming/iTunes before, and it's like hearing a totally different album. Glad to have read the comments first to make sure I got the MOV and not the Friday Music version.
xxchris

xxchris

November 21, 2016
edited 12 months ago
referencing Hours..., CD, Album, Ltd, Len, 7243 8 48158 2 0, CDVX 2900
I bought the Friday Music version, played it twice and sold it for £10 more than I paid for it. Bought the MOV black vinyl version and the sound is 100% better, the sleeve is better. I can't understand how FM messed up on this and did a great job on 1. Outside.
arndur

arndur

August 24, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Hours..., LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Tra, FRM-48155
The cover is appalling. How can they even think of releasing this??? I have (both) the MOV colored versions and the artwork is beautiful and crisp with accurate colors. The Friday Music cover is blurry, and the titles on the back are terribly re-set in a different font probably because, since they just blew up the cd artwork for this vinyl release, they were pixelated. No booklet included vs, the MOV version. I purchased through Amazon but, had I seen a physical copy in store, I probably would have saved my money. Bad, bad, bad.
rhorhorho

rhorhorho

August 20, 2016
referencing Hours..., CD, Album, RE, Hol, 7243 8 48157 21, 7243 8 48157 2 1, CDV 2900
My copy has Matrix / Runout: EMI UDEN 8481572 @ 1 1-1-15 NL.
Tsomi

Tsomi

March 13, 2016
referencing Hours..., LP, Album, RE, MOVLP1400
The black 2015 MOV vinyl is fine to me. Very quiet, and more pleasing than the CD, which sounded way too loud for such a soft album. The cover, however, looks upscaled from the CD version, so it has very obvious JPEG artifacts.

Anyway, I guess MOV was given a better (but not perfect) mastering than what we have on CD, so it's probably the best version available today.
jemalwade

jemalwade

February 2, 2016
referencing Hours..., LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Tra, FRM-48155
I've seen the MOV version from a friend and the cover looked beautiful. The Friday Music colored vinyl version looks like dog shit though. Seriously, it looks like a blown up photocopy of the CD art....extremely pixelated. I don't see how they even let it pass for release. It's night & day compared to the MOV version. PLUS there's no booklet in the Friday Music tri-fold version!
BookofGenesis

BookofGenesis

December 19, 2015
referencing Hours..., LP, Album, RE, MOVLP1400

Okay, now I don't really know how to feel about this particular album. At one point in time, I found it to be incredibly dull and dated, but now I find lots to like in this. It's far more relaxed than the manic "Earthling" and the industrial grind of "Outside", going for a more contemporary sound that is definitely Bowie. The quality of the record itself is stellar, yet the biggest problem lies with the cover. Dear god, it's horrible if anything. If you're expecting a high quality cover, you'll be disappointed as this cover looks like it was upscaled to a point where even the most minute detail is blurred with artifacts. The 20 page lyric booklet on the other hand looks great, so it confuses me that the cover looks badly done while the booklet is rather decent looking. When it comes down to it, I'd suggest waiting til this goes down in price to pick it up (for time being, Collector's Choice is selling this for 10 dollars, I got it with the Heroes symphony for a total of $27 - a total steal if you ask me)
jrd550

jrd550

December 12, 2015
referencing Hours..., LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Tra, FRM-48155
I can't believe how bad the cover art was reproduced for this.