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Low

21 Aug. 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 20 Sept. 1999
  • Release Date: 21 Aug. 2006
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 38:47
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  • ASIN: B001IQLMIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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The first of a trio of albums that David Bowie co-produced with Tony Visconti, this was recorded at Hansa Studios by the Wall in Berlin. Low (originally titled New Music - Night And Day) represented probably the most radical change of colour that the chameleon that was Bowie had so far affected. Their relatively poor sales at the time of release were instrumental in Bowie and RCA parting company (though all three reached the UK album top five), but have served only to enhance Bowie's standing over the decades.
Bowie has described the album as one that was extremely important to him and which had an influence on English music thereafter through its ambience and drum sounds. All three albums (Low, "Heroes" and Lodger) featured the involvement of Brian Eno, whose presence is clearly audible throughout, though on Low he is working to Bowie's brief rather than in true collaboration and has only one shared composer credit on the album, Warszawa.
Work on the album began in France at the Chateau d'Hérouville in June 1976, where Bowie was working with Iggy Pop in preparation for his album, and both albums feature the two of them with Ricky Gardiner and Carlos Alomar on guitars. Low therefore also belongs to a second trilogy, alongside The Idiot and Lust For Life, its sequel.
Bowie and Iggy relocated in 1976 to Berlin, to live and work and to kick their cocaine habits - a bizarre strategy which against all odds seemed to work. The resultant Low is an album of two distinct sides, an aspect that the CD format slightly unravels.
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Low is the first part of the unequalled Berlin Trilogy, recorded by Bowie when he was in Berlin. In my mind Low is the collaboration of two of the best prog-rock artists of the 70s- David Bowie and Brian Eno. Low shows a return to rock (from the blue eyed soul of the thin white duke) for Bowie. Bowie made a masterpiece in his attempt to wean himself of cocaine.

First is the vibrant Speed of Life, an instrumental it may be but don't let that put you off. The repetitive (twice over) rhythm is a classic feature of Eno's music, but is also a lot more far reaching because of Bowie's input.
Then comes Breaking Glass. This tiny little song is about a man breaking up with his girlfriend. Its irresistible rhythm (you know, you just have to tap your fingers on the table) is evidence of Bowie's songwriting collaboration with Dennis Davis (drums) and George Murray (bass).
What In The World is a bit of a letdown for the album, it hasn't aged well. The Pac-Man like noise throughout the song is quite annoying. The song's subject, a little girl with grey eyes, is thought to be part of Bowie's character (is it the same girl that features in 1971's Life on Mars?)
Then is Sound and Vision. Through many remixes and covers this timeless piece is still at its best in the original version. It is meant to be about Bowie's drug-using-hazy-forgotten what happened yesterday period.
Always Crashing In The Same Car has a slow style that makes t seem as though time has stopped. It is about another of Bowie drug induced dreams.
Next is Be My Wife. It is thought to be a last cry out to his estranged partner Angela Bowie. He apparently played it over the phone to her before recording and, briefly, the pair were together again (of course not in the same place as she lived in Zurich).
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I am a big fan of David Bowie and I mostly stick with his Ziggy stuff, but I love this album, it took me a good few listens to get into it but it's great. I love both sides of the album and I particularly love the instrumentals (Speed Of Life, Warszawa are my favourites). Got the album cover as a T-Shirt as well and I love it.
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After the wonderful excess of the Ziggy Stardust years (for me Bowies best), and the progression of the Thin White Duke we come to Bowie's experimental years. I am sure that many like me first bought this and the follow up "Heroes" on the strength of damn good singles, in the case of "Low" that was "Sound and Vision" and then were a little confused by the album they had in their hands. Deffinitely a record of two halves it is hard to make this work on CD. You have what was the original side one presenting typical Bowie songwriting, "Breaking Glass" and "Sound and Vision" standing out as very good examples. However, this now just runs straight into what was side two, and that was where the shock was, all instrumental, Bowie now coming under the influence of Brian Eno, not one song, all instrumental. This takes some getting used to on a Bowie album and needs more than the occasional listen, you need to play this a few times to get into the haunting tunes presented to you. Saying that, it is well worth doing, just put your normal perceptions of David Bowie aside and judge it for what it is, a man searching for a new identity and reaching beyond himself to find it. This is not Ziggy Stardust or Diamond Dogs, no instantaneousley good songs, it is sit and watch the clouds go by music, and there's nothing wrong with that.
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