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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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LP
  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Bowie David   Low / Montreux (jazz Festival, July 18, 2002)
-, -, 2016
  LP   NEW Second Spin
United Kingdom
  $28.79     Details
  bowie david/philip glass   Low Symphony
P56978 lp/ New Copy/ 180 Gr/insert/deluxe Pvc Sleeve/first Time On Vinyl Holland Barcode: 002894... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $27.82     Details
  BOWIE,DAVID   Low
1977 Original Cdn! Ding S1/song 1 Rca Cpl1-2030
  LP   VG+/VG+ Finyl Vinyl
Canada
  $57.50     Details
BOWIE, DAVID/PHILIP GLASS/BRIAN ENO - Low Symphony   BOWIE,DAVID/PHILIP GLASS/BRIAN ENO   Low Symphony
180 Gr/insert/deluxe Pvc Sleeve/first Time On Vinyl Music On Vinyl Classics, Movcl009, 6/5/2014
  LP   MINT importvinyl
Netherlands
  $26.80     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low Live
Rare Live Nyc , 2002 Low Lp On Clear Vinyl + P/c E.u., Speed, Sp 11062002
  LP   EX/M Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $21.39     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low/live Montreux 2002/black Vinyl- Import/country Unknown
  LP   Action
United Kingdom
  $22.55     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low/picture Disc/totally Diff Pic/import Country Unknown
  LP   Action
United Kingdom
  $25.44     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Scarce Uk Orig 11 Track 1977 Lp + Lyric Inner U.k., Rca, Pl 12030
  LP   EX-/EX- Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $28.53     Details
  David Bowie   Low (1977)
  LP   EX Fun Records
Germany
  $36.16     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Sleeve More Ex Europe, Rca, Cl13856, 1981
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) R&M
Austria
  $39.09     Details
DAVID BOWIE - Low   DAVID BOWIE   Low
Black Label U.s.a., Rca
  LP   EX EX ImportSounds
United States
  $45.00     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Vinyl Looks Near Perfect, Green Labels Same A Images, Sleeve Has Some Wear On Edges No Printed In...
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) Eds Attic
United Kingdom
  $52.27     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Close Nm Vinyl Has Some Hairlines. Ex+ Sleeve Italy, Rca, Yl13856, 1981
  LP   VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) NATTY7840
Italy
  $54.74     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
  $72.50     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
33t Lp Original French Pressing 1977. Rca Victor Pl 12030. A Code Obc. Orange Label. Insert. Mini...
  LP   EX/M- DISCMANIA
France
  $77.08     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low (nl 83856)
Picture Cover/ 1977 Germany, Rca, /n/a
  LP   NM IntDj
United States
  $78.75     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Us, Rca Victor, Cpl12030, 1977
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) TinksToys2
United States
  $89.25     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Matrix Number Suffixes: A-2 And B-2. With Insert. Professionally Cleaned On An Ultrasonic Recor...
  LP   VG+/VG kangoo
United Kingdom
  $92.88     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Europe, Rca International, Nl 83856
  LP   NM/VG+ Night Sky
Italy
  $99.43     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Rca Cpl1-2030, 1977, Sealed!, Hype Sticker!, No Cutouts!, No Barcode vinyl Record Album
  LP   SS/SS Brothers Rec
United States
  $280.00     Details

12" Pic Dis

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  BOWIE,DAVID   Low Lp (alternate)
11 Track Picture Disc Lp, W/ Alternate Artwork On Both Sides Of The Picture Disc. Germany
  12" Pic Dis   Jack Wolak's
United States
  $41.20     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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