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21 Aug 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 20 Sep 1999
  • Release Date: 20 Sep 1999
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC This Label Copy information is the subject of Copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 40:22
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  • ASIN: B001IQLQ08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,519 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sally Snodgrass on 23 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
This really is a seminal album. Almost thirty years later it still may be too heavy and uncomfortable for pop-pickers. Like Low, the B-side/second half is predominantly instrumental, but darken the room, dig out the head-phones and you will be rewarded.

The first half is a bunch of hugely powerful songs, in a strange way it is almost punky, infact ,at times, it is probably a bit harsher/rawer than most punk. I've just finished reading a book (Coming Out As A Bowie Fan In Leeds, Yorkshire, England) by a guy called Mick McCann, a wonderful, vibrant romp through the time in which this album was released. It is very a funny book about being a cross-dressing teenager in a hard place, it's strangely philosophical and very `gritty', it made me see the world slightly differently. Anyway he makes a few references to this album and in one, when talking about the title track, he says that listening to Heroes through a PA brings out a physical reaction, `Like wading through nettles in short pants.' I can't argue with that. `Sons Of The Silent Age' also does that for me, it gets me right in the chest.

This is a special album but it may, like that book, offend sensitive ears - Get me to the Doctor...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a whole this is a very strong album. It starts with the rather mediocre "Beauty & the Beast". Just when you think your in for a rather uninspired album, it kicks off with the second track, the storming (and quite batty) "Joe the Lion", things get even better with the classic "Heroes". Things get even better than that though, with "Sons of the Silent Age", one of my all time favourite Bowie songs (WHAT a chorus:). A few tracks later and we're into an ambient/instrumental section of tracks, which bleed one into another. The mood is slightly haunting. This was certainly extrememly progressive during its day (the late 70's) and the surprising thing is that it sounds fresh and not at all embarrasing today. The final track, "Secret Life of Arabia" is very enjoyable, and leads on logicaly to the next album "Lodger". All in all this is great stuff, strong throughout, and really grows on you with repeated listening!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kraftwerker on 2 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
If I had to choose three essential and influential Bowie albums, I'd go for Ziggy Stardust, Low and this one. Quite simply, if youre at all interested in the history of rock music, this is a key moment. Punk was breaking in the UK and many of the "old" generation were being labelled dinosaurs. Bowie had already released Low earlier in 1977 and Heroes, like it's predecessor, has a run of instrumentals in its second half. Low had confused many critics at the time, and the instrumental Side 2 of that album had sounded to some like an unwelcome diversion into ersatz mood music or even the dreaded prog. Unlike Low, Heroes has a brace of more fully formed songs rather than the Eno-esque song fragments that made up Side 1 of Low. The monochromatic cover art with Bowie's intense stare sums up the overall mood: this is an album of cool, bleached out sounds, often harsh and treble-y, perfectly evoking the Cold War atmosphere of its recording close to the Berlin Wall. None of the bright stabs of colours seen on Low and little of the lush warmth of his plastic soul days here (the nearest we get is the album closer, The Secret Life of Arabia). Standouts include the mighty title track, of course, which builds on a rolling riff of Frippertronics guitar from Bob Fripp, but also songs such as Beauty & the Beast and Sons of the Silent Age, the latter harking back to songs from his Aladdin Sane phase. Weakest track is probably Blackout, a song I can never put a title to whenever I hear it! Heroes as an album was pretty well received on release, if my memory holds out, no doubt as journalists were prepared now for an almost entire second half of instrumentals having heard Low earlier in the year.Read more ›
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb 2001
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In contrast to other reviews for this record I'd say "Heroes" is not to be seen as tracks weighted against each other. The record stands out on its own merit and its avant-guardish style is seldom seen in other works of Bowie, except perhaps in the recent "Outside" (also with Eno).
One can distinguish the record split into a part with vocal songs (tracks 1-5) and an instrumental part (tracks 6-9) followed by "the secret life of Arabia" which is rather a bridge to the next part of the trilogy "Lodger" which begins with the similar "fantastic voyage".
The instrumentals very well derive as extra-tracks from the soundtrack of "The Man Who Fell To Earth", Roeg's film in which Bowie starred the leading role a year before the release of "Heroes". The ambience and intensity of the music can hardly be attributed completely to Eno. Bowie himself when asked told he was highly influenced by early works of KRAFTWERK in making this part of the record.
As for the title song (or anthem rather) the connection with the Velvet Underground is more than evident (Bowie and Reed where soul mates at the time) with the piano riff being like an alternate take of VU's "White Light-White Heat" blended with Eno treatments. The result is breathtaking. Nico's later interpretation of the same song reveals the common vibes shared.
Credits must also be given to the personnel involved. Musicians of the magnitude of Fred Frith, Carlos Alomar among others and of course Eno in his most creative era tell the high musical output attained on all levels. One of the greatest and most influential works of Bowie, "Heroes" is indispensable.
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