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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000Z6NSLM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,135,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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This is turgid stuff, but in the best way. The title track still strongly affects me every time I hear it. There is an ambient section in the middle after all the tub-thumpers which I am ambivalent about. The finale of 'Secret Life of Arabia' rounds the album off splendidly with a foray into north African stylings and Dave sounding very melodramatic and very much from south London. It is a masterpiece, I think Dave does not get the recognition he deserves, and as ever Bowie was way ahead of his time (with a little help from Can and Cluster etc.)
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2016
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Beautiful.
David Bowie, may his soul be eternal, gave us many exciting, exuberant, camp, easy-to-like & hard-to-love albums, but with Heroes he gave us beauty. He also included, after the hors d-oeuvre of Beauty and the Beast & Joe the Lion, a six-minute slice of magnificence called "Heroes" (always the inverted commas!) which never fails to take this listener's breath away. It's quite simply a great song, done to perfection by Bowie, Alomar, Eno, Fripp et al - though his live recordings of it are superb too.
Sons of the Silent Age is another fine song, as is the very enjoyable closer The Secret Life of Arabia. Between them are four haunting instrumentals, including the evocative Moss Garden (echoes of Bowie's love of Japan?) and Sense of Doubt. Instead of, as some reviewers have claimed, lessening the impact of this album, for me they only add to its austere, clear-eyed beauty. Back in '77 when I bough the LP, I was intrigued by the non-vocal tracks, liking them but not that fussed, but now I love them as an integral part of this unique record.
Low was terrific, and so is "Heroes" - a far better album, to my mind, than the cold, rather unyielding histrionics of Station to Station, which I find overrated and overwrought. (I wonder how often its fans actually play it.)
This is a silver-bright milestone in Bowie's musical odyssey, and I love it from beginning to end.

We can be heroes
Just for one day...
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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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By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2012
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Heroes is rather an edgy album, and most of the tracks are really musical pieces rather than songs. As everyone knows the second side continued the atmospheric, almost classical, work of the second side of Low, although with a slightly less melodious effect. But atmospheric, definitely, and amazing to listen to, and to lose yourself in, in a darkened room, before the album closes with the up tempo rhythms of The Secret Life of Arabia.

The first side features some superb guitar work from Robert Fripp, with the sawing, soaring riffs which open Joe the Lion being a real highlight. And of course Heroes, the title track, is just one of the best songs Bowie, or anyone else, ever wrote and stands as my favourite song of all time. It can still bring tears to my eyes after all these years. Magnificent and unsurpassed, this track is worth buying the album for on its own, but there is much more to savour too. A great musical album by a genius at his experimental, creative best.
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