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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 (re) LP   M/M, REISSUE OCTOPUSMUSIC
France
  $22.22      Details
  BOWIE David   Low (re)
Colored Vinyl Reissue Ger, Rca International, Nl 83856, 1 977
  LP   M/M, REISSUE OCTOPUSMUSIC
France
  $22.22     Details
  BOWIE David   Low (re)
Colored Vinyl Reissue Ger, Rca International, Nl 83856, 1 977
  LP   M/M, REISSUE OCTOPUSMUSIC
France
  $22.22     Details
  BOWIE David   Low (re)
Colored Vinyl Reissue Ger, Rca International, Nl 83856, 1 977
  LP   M/M, REISSUE OCTOPUSMUSIC
France
  $22.22     Details
  BOWIE,DAVID   Low LP   VG/VG+ Finyl Vinyl
Canada
  $28.75 - $57.50      Details
  BOWIE,DAVID   Low
1977 Original Cdn! 2 Copies Rca Cpl1-2030
  LP   VG/VG+ Finyl Vinyl
Canada
  $28.75     Details
  BOWIE,DAVID   Low
1977 Original Cdn! Ding S1/song 1 Rca Cpl1-2030
  LP   VG+/VG+ Finyl Vinyl
Canada
  $57.50     Details
  david bowie   Low
E567757 lp Used, Condition Record/sleeve: Fair/ Rca Pl 12030 England Lp Title: Low -'77,insert,f... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $20.27     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Sterling Stamper, Original Innersleeve Us, Rca, Cpl1 2030, 1977
  LP   VG/VG Fast Finish
United States
  $30.00     Details
David Bowie - Low (cover Missing)   David Bowie   Low (cover Missing)
[cover Missing]label: Rca, Published: 1977 Original Picture Sleeve Missing, Ships In Brand New P...
  LP   0 / EX recordsale
Germany
  $38.04     Details
  DAVID BOWIE   Low Yl 13856 Italy Italian Rca Best Buy Series
  LP   EX/EX kangoo
United Kingdom
  $46.09     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Very Clean/plays Great Usa, 90, 1977
  LP   VERY GOOD+ Power Record
Canada
  $46.99     Details
David Bowie - Low   David Bowie   Low
Label: Rca International, Published: 1984 Sleeve With Corner Bump And Slightest Ringwear On Back...
  LP   EX / EX recordsale
Germany
  $58.11     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
  $78.13     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
11 Tracks, Rca International Records, 1977, Ints 5065 Green Label, Ex/ex
  LP   clearances
United Kingdom
  $108.56     Details
  David Bowie   Low
(lp Uk Original W/ Fan Club Booklet) Ex/ex-, With Insert And Bowie Fan Club Booklet, Sticker With...
  LP   VG++/VG+ vakuum
Denmark
  $124.55     Details
Low - DAVID BOWIE   DAVID BOWIE   Low
Germany, Rca (2), Nl83856
  LP   NEW / NEW CD-Maxi-Sing
Netherlands
  $147.19     Details
  David Bowie   Low
This Is Mint Just Being Generous No Sign Of Usage 1st Press A1 Comes With Inners Uk, Rca Victor...
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/NEAR MINT (NM OR M-) London Vinyl
United Kingdom
  $202.65     Details
  David Bowie   Low
Rca Cpl1-2030, 1977, Sealed!, Hype Sticker!, No Cutouts!, No Barcode vinyl Record Album
  LP   SS/SS Brothers
United States
  $280.00     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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