I just realized that I don’t actually own any David Bowie records.
|David Bowie – Low|
Like, none. Never bought Let’s Dance, and really, that’s the only one by him that I would have bought for a long time. I knew and liked “Space Oddity” and “Changes” from the 70’s, but I wasn’t seeking out albums, those were just songs I heard on the radio. When Let’s Dance came along, this David Bowie wrote pop songs that weren’t as abstract as the previously mentioned songs. Verse/chorus/verse/bridge etc. He was dressed in a nice suit, no face paint. It was a David Bowie that a teenager in a small mountain town could get behind. (Me – I was that teenager.)
I never did buy that album, though, because my friend had it, so I could hear it whenever I wanted. (And now that I listen to it, I prefer the version of “Cat People” on Let’s Dance to the soundtrack version. But I’m digressing, HARD.)
So, Low. Bowie’s eleventh album, released in 1977, produced by Tony Visconti and featuring Brian Eno on side two, with a full writing credit on “Warszawa.” Mixed critical acclaim upon release, the album seems to be widely lauded now. Low was the first album in what’s now called the “Berlin trilogy”, along with Heroes and Lodger.
The songs on side one all had vocals, whereas all of the songs on side two were instrumentals. It was nice to be able to divide a musical artistic work in such a way with LPs and cassettes.
Best bit of trivia I read about the album – Nick Lowe released an EP in 1977 that he titled “Bowi,” in “retaliation.” Now THAT’S funny!
Let’s club this album!