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David Bowie

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Low

 

    I blew my nose one day and half my brains came out." With these gentle words, David Bowie said farewell to L.A., where he'd spent much of the mid-Seventies buried up to his clavicle in white powder, and fled back to Europe for some personal detox - not to mention some of the most amazing music of his amazing career. Low, released in January 1977, was a new beginning for Bowie, kicking off what is forever revered as his "Berlin trilogy," despite the fact that Low was mostly recorded just outside Paris. Side One consists of seven fragments,... Read More

some of them manic synth-pop songs, some just chilly atmospherics. Side Two consists of four brooding electronic instrumentals. Both sides glisten with ideas: Listening to Low, you hear Kraftwerk and Neu!, maybe some Ramones, loads of Abba and disco. But Low flows together into a lyrical, hallucinatory, miraculously beautiful whole, the music of an overstimulated mind in an exhausted body, as rock's prettiest sex vampire sashays through some serious emotional wreckage.

Brian Eno gets much of the credit for Low - not only did he play keyboards on six of the eleven tracks and co-write "Warszawa," but you can hear the heavy influence of his own solo records, especially Another Green World. Still, Eno only dreamed about making noise like this, mainly because he never assembled a band anywhere near this great: A big hand, please, for the fuzzed-out guitars of Ricky Gardiner and Carlos Alomar, and the fantastic production of Tony Visconti, who distorted Dennis Davis' snare to create one of rock's all-time most imitated drum sounds. Bowie sings haikulike lyrics about emotional death and rebirth, sometimes hilarious ("Breaking Glass"), sometimes brutally honest, as in the electric-blue loneliness of "Sound and Vision" and "Be My Wife" or the doomed erotic obsession of "Always Crashing in the Same Car."

The record company begged Bowie not to release Low, but it became a surprise hit and holds up today as one of his most intense and influential albums, inspiring two excellent Berlin trilogy sequels, Heroes (1977) and the insanely underrated Lodger (1979). It makes sense that Bowie released Low the week after he turned thirty, for the same reasons it sounds so timely today: Low is the sound of the slinky vagabond falling to earth, trying to catch up with the speed of life - and maybe even find some kind of home there.

ROB SCHEFFIELD
(RS 882-November 22, 2001)





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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  bowie david   Low
18770 used, Condition Sleeve/record: Vg++/ Vg++ Rca83856 France Lp Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $22.68     Details
  bowie,david   Low
Sleeve - Vg - Stickered On Back Rca, Pl12030, 77
  LP   NM Haggle Vinyl
United Kingdom
  $19.15     Details
  Bowie,David   Low
2014 Uk Reissue Pressing
  LP   Alternativem
United States
  $26.99     Details
  BOWIE,DAVID   Low (1977 Release-limited Edition Of 500!)
Rca Nl-83856
  LP   Vintage
United States
  $35.00     Details
  BOWIE,DAVID   Low (1977 Release-'black' Label)
Rca Ayl1-3856
  LP   Vintage
United States
  $46.00     Details
  BOWIE,DAVID   Low Live (live At The Roseland Ballroom, New York 06/11/2002! 1st Time Played Live In Entirety! Heat
Gato Gordo Industrias Musicales 000023
  LP   Vintage
United States
  $58.00     Details
  Bowie,David   Low
Track Listing Sticker On Back Of Sleeve, Credit & Fan Club Inserts Uk, Rca Victor, Pl 12030, ...
  LP   EX/EX Vinyl in the
United Kingdom
  $56.32     Details
  David Bowie   Low
11 Track Reissue Vinyl Lp From 1984 On Rca International.a1 Speed Of Life 2:45 A2 Breaking G...
  LP   GOOD/GOOD Elvis Shakes
United Kingdom
  $6.42     Details
  david bowie   Low
E563960 lp Used, Condition Record/sleeve: Good/ Rca Nl-13856 Netherlands Lp Title: Low -'80 Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $11.28     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Uk Stereo Green Label Re-issue Lifetimes Series Rcainternational, Ints5065
  LP   EX Sweet Memori
United Kingdom
  $16.65     Details
  david bowie   Low LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $20.39 - $24.46      Details
  david bowie   Low
10 Track Rca International Records 1977 Ints 5065 Green Label Exex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $20.39     Details
  david bowie   Low
11 Track Rca International Records Ints 5065 1977 Green Label Exex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $24.46     Details
  david bowie   Low
11 Track Rca Records International Ints 5065 1977 Green Lable Exex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $24.46     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Rca Victor Recs., 1977, Pl 12030, Vg/vg, Ps.
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $20.39     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Uk, R.c.a., Pl 12050
  LP   VG+/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $21.00     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Uk
  LP   VG+/VG+ Modern World
Australia
  $17.58     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low - Brownish Marble Effect Vinyl-import Country Unknown
  LP   Action
United Kingdom
  $22.58     Details
  David Bowie   Low (uk Pressing W/insert)
  LP   NM- Record-Groov
Canada
  $23.94     Details
  David Bowie   Low (uk Pressing)
  LP   NM- Record-Groov
Canada
  $23.94     Details
  david bowie   Low
Nm-/nm- , Original Greek Pressing Lp Form 1977 , Rca Label N/a, Other, J0401
  LP   M-/NM lpcdreissues
Greece
  $25.91     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Rare German Brown Swirl Vinyl Re-issue 1977 Lp Germany, Rca, Nl 83856b
  LP   EX/M Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $26.31     Details
David Bowie - Low   David Bowie   Low
Label: Rca Victor, Published: 1977 With Insert. Most Copies Have A Sticker With The Track List...
  LP   VG / EX recordsale
Germany
  $31.51     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low Live
Great Clear Vinyl Live Nyc 2001 11 Tracks + P/c Eec, Sound And Vision, S&v 11062002cv
  LP   EX/M Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $31.57     Details
  David Bowie   Low (1977)
  LP   EX Fun Records
Germany
  $39.71     Details
DAVID BOWIE - Low (lp Uk)   DAVID BOWIE   Low (lp Uk)
11 Track Orange Label Design A1/b2 Matrix Has Stickered Tracklist On Reverse Of Sleeve No Insert ...
  LP   VG+/EX- Vinyl Tap
United Kingdom
  $43.43     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low (ayl1-3856)
1977/ Usa, Rca, /n/a
  LP   NM IntDj
United States
  $51.41     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low (nl 83856)
Picture Cover/ 1977 Germany, Rca, /n/a
  LP   NM IntDj
United States
  $51.41     Details
  David Bowie   Low (includes Insert )
Uk, Rca Victor, Pl 12030
  LP   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $54.00     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Rca; Pl12030,uk 1977, Insert, Stickered Rear Sleeve
  LP   VG+/EX Flashback
United Kingdom
  $51.49     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Ex/nm, Gatefold, Contains Extra Tracks Uk, Emi, Emd 1027
  LP   VG++/M- vakuum
Denmark
  $63.35     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Lovely Copy Uk, Rca Victor, Cpl12030, 1977-01
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) EARTHQUAKE
United Kingdom
  $83.67     Details
  David Bowie   Low - Original 1977 Us Rca Victor Label 11-track Lp
Rare Original 1977 Us Pressed Rca Victor Label 11-track Lp - The 1st Album In The 'berlin' Trilog...
  LP   VG++ (VINYL AND LABELS)/VG++ (COVER) Sound Statio
Denmark
  $80.14     Details
  David Bowie   Low LP   VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) PEAR
United Kingdom
  $92.28      Details
  David Bowie   Low
Stunning Condition,properly Graded,in Fact Slightly Under Graded,collectors Will Not Be Disappoin...
  LP   VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) PEAR
United Kingdom
  $92.28     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Excellent Condition,properly Graded In Fact Under Graded,few Light Scuffs But Nap,inner Sheet Inc...
  LP   VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+)/VERY GOOD (VG) PEAR
United Kingdom
  $92.28     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Rca Cpl1-2030, 1977, Sealed!, Hype Sticker!, No Cutouts!, No Barcode vinyl Record Album
  LP   SS/SS Brothers
United States
  $360.00     Details
Low - David Bowie \xE2\x80\x8E   David Bowie \xE2\x80\x8E   Low
Tracks: A1 Speed Of Life //a2 Breaking Glass //a3 What In The World //a4 Sound And Vision //a5 Al...
  LP   VG+ Wally Groove
Belgium
  $37.25     Details

LP+CDR

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  BOWIE DAVID   Low
Lp + Cdr Copy: Ca 198?--tros--reissue--b est Buy Series Rca:ayl13856this Is An Excellent Lp That I... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $76.95     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Lp + Cdr Copy: Gb Ayl1 3856 - U.s Rcathis Is An Excellent Lp That I Will Acquire Through My Netwo... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $82.95     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low - Uk
Lp + Cdr Copy: Gb 1977 11 Track Orange Label Design With Insert And Stickered Tracklist On Revers... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $100.95     Details

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