This is what I'm loving about this thread - excellent analysis, great stuff.I'm playing catch up.
Another one I included in my 25.
I think I first heard Low in the mid 90's. Being into Suede, there was never a review or interview which didn't mention David Bowie. So I started getting curious. I only really knew the hits. Any top 5 Bowie albums lists will always have Low & Hunky Dory in them. Both very different albums. Both great. I re-listened to it again. It is hard to separate the music from the mythology. The detached coldness & the allure of living some cool bohemian lifestyle in Berlin in the mid 70's. First off, I love George Murray's bass playing on side 1. The drums sound great, the snare especially sounds huge. It is a strange album for a "star" to release. But it's part of what made Bowie so interesting.
1 -Speed of Life
Great intro for the album. It does sound like it was slowed down. Love the drum sound.
2 -Breaking Glass
Wonky blues licks. The whole song sounds a bit unsteady, just held together. It's very short and sounds like a sketch, unfinished.
3 -What in the World
Love the drums intro & arcade sounds. Funky but angular. Throwaway but very cool. Demented outro guitar solo.
4 -Sound and Vision
The single. I love the bass playing. Great mysterious synth string line. The best vocal on the album so far.
5 -Always Crashing in the Same Car
This is my favourite "song" on Low. Love all the swirling, phasing sounds. Really nice guitar melodies all the way through. Great snare sound & I love the fade out swirl.............
6 -Be My Wife
Saloon piano, mockey cockney. The repeating piano riff makes the song. Really like this one.
7 -A New Career in a New Town
Love this. Really cool synths on the intro. This track is a strange mix of ideas. The harmonica for one, but it works. I would have prefered an electronic kick drum sound in the quiet parts.
If I didn't know who this was I would guess, Tangerine Dream. It really resonates. Didn't Philip Glass do an orchestra version of this? The vocals are okay, I could live without that part.
9 -Art Decade
Oh yeah, Love this. Brooding. Very Germanic.
10 -Weeping Wall
Quiet avant-garde it must be said. I especially like the spooky section.
Love the intro, all the backwards shimmers. Again the vocal part, is okay but I would prefer it without vox.
Bowie originally wanted to record with Michael Rother and Neu as his backing band! Can you fucking imagine what that might have been like? Here's a snippet from a Perfect Sound Forever interview with Rother.you hear over the years that side B of Low is strongly influenced by these guys especially cluster and neu!
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