Lowby David Bowie
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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- Parlophone (Wea)
Performance CreditsDavid Bowie Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Cello,Horn,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Xylophone,Various,Vibes,Tape,ARP,chamberlain,Brass Synth,Pump Bass
Peter Himmelman Piano,ARP
Iggy Pop Organ,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dennis Davis Percussion
Brian Eno Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Multi Instruments,chamberlain,Mini Moog
Ricky Gardiner Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Mary Hopkin Vocals
Eduard Meyerm Cello
George Murray Bass,Bass Guitar
Ricky Murray Bass
Roy Young Organ,Piano,farfisa organ
Eduard Meyer Cello
Mary Visconti Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsDavid Bowie Composer,Producer
Dennis Davis Composer
Brian Eno Composer,Engineer
George Murray Composer
Tony Visconti Producer
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This album was EXCELLENT! Total 5-star quality. Any one who doesnn't like this album is an idiot. My compliments to the artist. I am very much into this artist, but this is the best album I've heard. The picture on the cover ( for those of you who didn't know) is the same as the one on the cover of the movie, "The Man Who Fell to Earth", which I thought was the worst movie I've ever seen (including "Birdcage"), but the album was totally sweet. Ciaou.
Low is one of the most interesting and engaging albums I own. I've just gotten into the music of David Bowie recently, and I own 7 of his albums. This one is probably the best one I own (out of Young Americans, Station to Station, Low, Heroes, Lodger, Scary Monsters, and Let's Dance) of his albums. The vocalized tracks aren't even completely structured songs. ''Breaking Glass'' is funny in the way that you want it to last forever, yet it doesn't even go on for two minutes. ''Always Crashing in the Same Car'' is one of the best songs he's ever done, and it'll hit a chord with a lot of people. The instrumentals that are the last four tracks are amazing. ''Warszawa'' is incredible, and the other instrumentals are almost as good. For people that want a true music exploration and have a good time, this album is perfect for you. No collection should be without it.
I still can remember the day that I bought this masterpiece. I fell in love with this LP, jeje, and I listened it twelve times. Three years later, I am still enjoying this album like a child. Perhaps "Low" is the truly "Bowie's masterpiece" of the "post-Ziggy era".