by David Bowie David Bowie


by David Bowie David Bowie


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Following through with the avant-garde inclinations of Station to Station, yet explicitly breaking with David Bowie's past, Low is a dense, challenging album that confirmed his place at rock's cutting edge. Driven by dissonant synthesizers and electronics, Low is divided between brief, angular songs and atmospheric instrumentals. Throughout the record's first half, the guitars are jagged and the synthesizers drone with a menacing robotic pulse, while Bowie's vocals are unnaturally layered and overdubbed. During the instrumental half, the electronics turn cool, which is a relief after the intensity of the preceding avant pop. Half the credit for Low's success goes to Brian Eno, who explored similar ambient territory on his own releases. Eno functioned as a conduit for Bowie's ideas, and in turn Bowie made the experimentalism of not only Eno but of the German synth group Kraftwerk and the post-punk group Wire respectable, if not quite mainstream. Though a handful of the vocal pieces on Low are accessible -- "Sound and Vision" has a shimmering guitar hook, and "Be My Wife" subverts soul structure in a surprisingly catchy fashion -- the record is defiantly experimental and dense with detail, providing a new direction for the avant-garde in rock & roll.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2018
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0190295842925
catalogNumber: 219077
Rank: 3615


  1. Speed of Life
  2. Breaking Glass
  3. What in the World
  4. Sound and Vision
  5. Always Crashing in the Same Car
  6. Be My Wife
  7. A New Career in a New Town
  8. Warszawa
  9. Art Decade
  10. Weeping Wall
  11. Subterraneans

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Cello,Saxophone,Xylophone,Mellotron,Vibes
Iggy Pop   Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar   Rhythm Guitar
Dennis Davis   Percussion
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
George Murray   Bass
Roy Young   Organ,Piano,farfisa organ
Eduard Meyer   Cello
Mary Visconti   Background Vocals
Ricky Gardner   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Wall   Engineer
Dennis Davis   Composer
Brian Eno   Arranger,Composer
George Murray   Composer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Nigel Reeve   Re-Release Producer
Steve Schapiro   Cover Photo,Inside Photo
Aisha Cohen   Re-Release Producer
Mark Adams   Photo Scanning,Retouching
Gavin O'Neill   Photo Scanning,Retouching
Olivia Thomas   Re-Release Producer

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