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David Bowie – Low

David Bowie
Low
Style: Electronic, Rock
Label: RCA Victor
Catalog Number: PL 12030
Released: 1977, 70's
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Eno’s 1975 precursor-to-ambient albums Another Green World and Discreet Music entered Bowie’s ears and infiltrated his psyche at a very interesting point in the rock star’s career: when the damaging repercussions of his own celebrity (and mainly cocaine) had taken a toll on him, launching him into a period of detox and creative rebirth in the thriving art and music scene of Berlin. Inspired by Eno’s minimalism, Bowie invited Eno to take part, marking a moment in history when both artists were in their creative prime. Eno’s influence is heard most on Side B, where Bowie traverses uncharted territory: instrumental, electronic, ambient, dark, alien, dissonant and atmospheric. Under the influence of Eno’s peculiar, abstract approach to music production, Bowie created what is considered one of his best and most influential works. During a low period in his life, Bowie found a “musical soulmate” in Eno.

Here is a collection of clips of Eno and Bowie talking about each other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHHBZMgsXDA

– Lauren Fay Levy

Recommended: B1 Warszawa, B3 Weeping Wall, B4 Subterraneans

Tags: Art Rock / Enossified / Experimental
Tracklist:

A1 Speed Of Life
A2 Breaking Glass
A3 What In The World
A4 Sound And Vision
A5 Always Crashing In The Same Car
A6 Be My Wife
A7 A New Career In A New Town
B1 Warszawa
B2 Art Decade
B3 Weeping Wall
B4 Subterraneans

Credits:

Arranged By – Brian Eno (tracks: B1), David Bowie
Bass – George Murray (tracks: A1 to A7, B4)
Composed By – Brian Eno (tracks: B1), David Bowie, Dennis Davis (tracks: A2), George Murray (tracks: A2)
Guitar – David Bowie (tracks: A6, B2 to B4), Ricky Gardner* (tracks: A3 to A7)
Percussion – Dennis Davis (tracks: A1 to A7)
Piano – David Bowie (tracks: A7, B2 to B4), Roy Young (tracks: A1, A3 to A7)
Producer – David Bowie, Tony Visconti
Rhythm Guitar – Carlos Alomar (tracks: A1 to A7, B4), Ricky Gardner* (tracks: A2)
Synthesizer – Brian Eno (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B1, B2)

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