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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
  LP   VG/VG F.B. Records
United Kingdom
  $14.10     Details
  Bowie,David   Low
Rca Victor Pl 12030, Original Issue With Track List Sticker On Back Of Sleeve & Insert, Orang...
  LP   EX+/EX VinylnetUK
United Kingdom
  $34.75     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
  $58.75     Details
David Bowie	 - Low   David Bowie   Low
Visual Grading (goldmine)excellent/ Very Good[vinyl / Cover]. Record Was Washed And Will Be Shipp...
  LP   USED records-revi
Germany
  $47.00     Details
Low - David Bowie   David Bowie   Low LP   G / G recordsale
Germany
  $16.12 - $27.87      Details
Low - David Bowie   David Bowie   Low
Label: Rca Victor, Published: 1977 A-1 / B-2 Matrix. Ois. Sleeve Has 2 Pen Marks On The Front, L...
  LP   G / G recordsale
Germany
  $16.12     Details
David Bowie - Low LP   David Bowie   Low
Label: Rca International, Published: 1984 Large Writing On Cover Recorded At The Chateau And H...
  LP   EX / VG recordsale
Germany
  $27.87     Details
DAVID BOWIE - Low Album   DAVID BOWIE   Low
Black Label Re-issue With Large Sticker Tear On Cover German, Rca, Ints5065
  LP   VG/EX Rock of Ages
United Kingdom
  $16.79     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Track Listing Sticker On Back Cover. Credit Info Inner - Black Label Uk, Rca Pl 12030
  LP   NM/NM John Orritt
United Kingdom
  $16.79     Details
  david bowie   Low LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $21.27 - $25.52      Details
  david bowie   Low
10 Track Rca International Records 1977 Ints 5065 Green Label Exex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $21.27     Details
  david bowie   Low
11 Track Rca International Records Ints 5065 1977 Green Label Exex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $25.52     Details
  david bowie   Low
11 Track Rca Records International Ints 5065 1977 Green Lable Exex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $25.52     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $21.27 - $25.52      Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Rca Victor Recs., 1977, Pl 12030, Vg/vg, Ps.
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $21.27     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Rca Victor Recs., 1977, Pl 12030, Vg/ex, Ps.
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $25.52     Details
David Bowie - Low Record   David Bowie   Low
Nice Vinyl, Great Cover. Includes Inner Sleeve. New Zealand, Rca (1977)
  LP   VG+ / VG Just For The
New Zealand
  $20.87     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
  $18.59     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Ayl1 3856 - U.s Rca
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $21.15     Details
  david bowie   Low
Nm-/nm- , Original Greek Pressing Lp Form 1977 , Rca Label Eu, Other, J0401
  LP   M-/NM lpcdreissues
Greece
  $28.11     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low Live LP   EX/M Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $31.11      Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low Live
Rare Orange Vinyl Live Nyc 2002 11 Tracks + P/c Eec, Sound And Vision, S&v 11062002ov
  LP   EX/M Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $31.11     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
  $31.11     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Germany, Rca International, Nl 83856 , 1984
  LP   VG+/VG+ Alex66
Italy
  $33.45     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Like New With Obi Strip Japan, Rca, Rvp-6154
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-) Origami Soun
Japan
  $50.00     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 - 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
  $86.66     Details

LP+CDR

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  BOWIE DAVID   Low
Lp + Cdr Copy: Ca 198?--tros--reissue--b est Buy Series Rca:ayl13856 This Is An Excellent Lp That ... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $76.95     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Lp + Cdr Copy: Gb Ayl1 3856 - U.s Rca This Is An Excellent Lp That I Will Acquire Through My Netw... 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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