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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
  $28.84     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
  $27.33     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
  $26.33     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low LP   EX/M Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $18.58 - $50.02      Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Scarce 11 Track Re-press 1977 Lp Black Vinyl + P/c Germany, Rca, Nl 83856
  LP   EX/M Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $18.58     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
Rare Uk 1st Press 1977 Lp + Lyrics + Insert !! U.k., Rca, Pl 12030
  LP   EX-/EX Disc Covery
United Kingdom
  $50.02     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low LP   VG+/VG+ DISCMANIA
France
  $27.44 - $75.73      Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
33t Lp French Pressing 1977. Rca Victor Pl 12030. A Code Obc Rc 250 Code Sticker. Orange Label. I...
  LP   VG+/VG+ DISCMANIA
France
  $27.44     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
  $75.73     Details
  David Bowie   Low (1977)
  LP   EX Fun Records
Germany
  $35.53     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Sleeve More Ex Germany, Rca, Cl13856, 1981
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) R&M
Austria
  $38.40     Details
  David Bowie   Low LP   VG+/VG++ vakuum
Denmark
  $43.90 - $54.88      Details
  David Bowie   Low
Ex-/ex, With Insert, Small Sticker Tear Germany, Rca Victor, Pl 12030
  LP   VG+/VG++ vakuum
Denmark
  $43.90     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Nm/ex+, With Insert, Titles Pasted On Back Uk, Rca Victor, Pl 12030
  LP   M-/VG++ vakuum
Denmark
  $54.88     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 LP   VG/EX Flashback
United Kingdom
  $48.51 - $111.44      Details
  David Bowie   Low
Rca Green; Ints 5065,uk 1981 Reissue Split Seam
  LP   VG/EX Flashback
United Kingdom
  $48.51     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Rca; Pl 12030,uk 1977, Insert, Stickered Back Sleeve Slight Wear About 2cm Top Of Sleeve, Small P...
  LP   VG/EX Flashback
United Kingdom
  $111.44     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Uk, Rca Victor, Cpl12030, 1977-01
  LP   VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) sonisrai
United Kingdom
  $51.34     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
  $52.38     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
  $53.24     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
  $71.23     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low (nl 83856)
Picture Cover/ 1977 Germany, Rca, /n/a
  LP   NM IntDj
United States
  $78.75     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low
11 Tracks, Rca International Records, 1977, Ints 5065 Green Label, Ex/ex
  LP   clearances
United Kingdom
  $108.16     Details
  David Bowie   Low - Original 1977 Uk Rca Victor Label 11-track Lp - A-1/b-2 Matrix Endings - Incl. Insert
Rare Original 1977 Uk Pressed Rca Victor Label 11-track Lp - The 1st Album In The 'berlin' Trilog...
  LP   VG++ (VINYL AND LABELS)/VG++ (INSERT)/M- (BOOKLET) Sound Statio
Denmark
  $129.51     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"

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
Low - David Bowie   David Bowie   Low
Tracks: //a1 Speed Of Life 2:45//a2 Breaking Glass 1:42//a3 What In The World 2:20//a4 Sound And ...
  12"   M Wally Groove
Belgium
  $62.74     Details

Pic Disc

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  DAVID BOWIE   Low Live
Limited & Numbered Edition 12 Inch Picture Disc, Insert + Sticker Included complete Performa...
  Pic Disc   M/M Revolution R
Spain
  $203.04     Details

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