David Bowie released two of his so-called “Berlin Trilogy” albums, Low & Heroes in 1977. Low was actually recorded mostly in France with musician Brian Eno and producer Tony Visconti. It was a move toward more electronic music than anything previously from Bowie and would continue through the next two albums. One thing missing from Low is a hit song.
Low is a hard album to choose songs that could be a hit because most of them are somewhat instrumental with minimal vocals. The music is beautiful especially on Side two and the song “Warszawa“. Joy Division was original named Warsaw because of this song.
It is an album that should be listened to in its entirety and a few times to let it all sink in. It is a masterpiece of music and shows Bowie and Eno at their most creative time. 10/10.
Heroes is one of those songs that I feel in awe of when I first heard it. I discovered it in the 80s when I met Laura, Jeanne and Ray. We were four friends that went to concerts together. I saw my first concert with them. I was with them when my house burned down and I became homeless. I lost track of them because I moved a lot.
As for Heroes, it might be a bit better than Low, but I think what makes it better is the title song. It is my one of my all-time favourite songs ever. Bowie has never been so passionate vocally as he is singing “We can be heroes just for one day”.
This album is more instrumental than Low, which is a plus and a minus. I love to hear Bowie singing, but the music is incredible. It is a masterpiece, but I bought this album in the 80s when I learnt how to drive. 10/10.