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David Bowie|Low  (2017 Remaster)

Low (2017 Remaster)

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Speed of Life (2017 Remaster)
00:02:47

Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - David Bowie, Producer, Writer, Strings, Synthesizer, MainArtist, Miscellaneous - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Roy Young, Piano

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Breaking Glass (2017 Remaster)
00:01:52

Carlos Alomar, Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dennis Davis, Percussion, Writer - Ricky Gardiner, Rhythm Guitar - Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - Brian Eno, Mini Moog - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
What in the World (2017 Remaster)
00:02:24

Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Ricky Gardiner, Guitar - Iggy Pop, Vocals - Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - Brian Eno, Synthesizer - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, MixingEngineer - Roy Young, Organ, Piano

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Sound and Vision (2017 Remaster)
00:03:03

Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Ricky Gardiner, Guitar - Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - Brian Eno, Vocals - David Bowie, Producer, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, Strings, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Roy Young, Piano - Mary Visconti, Vocals

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Always Crashing in the Same Car (2017 Remaster)
00:03:35

Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Ricky Gardiner, Guitar - Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - Brian Eno, Guitar, Synthesizer - David Bowie, Producer, Cello, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Roy Young, Organ, Piano

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Be My Wife (2017 Remaster)
00:02:56

Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Ricky Gardiner, Guitar - Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, Miscellaneous - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Roy Young, Piano

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
A New Career in a New Town (2017 Remaster)
00:02:55

Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Ricky Gardiner, Guitar - Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - Brian Eno, Piano, Miscellaneous - David Bowie, Producer, Piano, Saxophone, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Roy Young, Piano

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Warszawa (2017 Remaster)
00:06:27

Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - Brian Eno, Keyboards, Piano, Writer, Synthesizer - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Art Decade (2017 Remaster)
00:03:48

Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - Brian Eno, Keyboards, Piano, Mini Moog - David Bowie, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Writer, Strings, MainArtist - Eduard Meyer, Cello - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Weeping Wall (2017 Remaster)
00:03:29

Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone, Vocals, Writer, Xylophone, Strings, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Subterraneans (2017 Remaster)
00:05:43

Carlos Alomar, Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Ray Staff, MasteringEngineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Peter and Paul, Piano, Synthesizer

© 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC ℗ 1977, 2017 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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