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Heroes

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One of Bowie's more stellar moments working with Brian Eno, Heroes again sees the artist moving into barely chartered waters (at that point, 1977), creating moving, emotive rock and putting it right up against some very detached and futuristic synthesized sounds. The collection opens with a ferocious rocker, courtesy of Robert Fripp's taut, snarling guitars ("Beauty and the Beast"), and then slides into the roar of "Joe the Lion" without missing a beat. Bowie's vocals have rarely sounded as desperate as they are on "Heroes," the anguished "Blackout" rages on a peculiarly up beat, and suddenly the listener finds they've slipped into a parallel world of icy soundscapes. The next four tracks present glassy synthesizers, stark piano, the ping of Asian-styled guitars, and other styles presumably left over or influenced by the Low recordings. The delicate "Moss Garden" is particularly beautiful, and "Sense of Doubt" is brooding and ominous. The closer, "The Secret Life of Arabia," moves with the rhythm of a snake charmer, and Bowie's vocals are irrepressibly intoxicating. Challenging, and worth the effort. --Lorry Fleming

1. Beauty And The Beast
2. Joe The Lion
3. Heroes
4. Sons Of The Silent Age
5. Blackout
6. V-2 Schneider
7. Sense Of Doubt
8. Moss Garden
9. Neukoln
10. The Secret Life Of Arabia

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Joe on December 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
David Bowie's catalogue is very diverse in terms of styles and personas he's adopted over the years. Most people familiar with his work are likely to name 'Ziggy Stardust,' 'Station To Station' or even 'Let's Dance' as milestone albums. But when someone mentions "Heroes," one immediately thinks of the monolithic title track, which to this day retains a place in David's live shows. In my opinion, 'Heroes,' the album, has always been rather overlooked; the spotlight being stolen by it's sister, 'Low.' And while 'Low' is most definitely a masterpiece, 'Heroes' is an excellent work in it's own right and deserves re-evaluation.
'Heroes' takes the listener away to an alternative world filled with chaos ("Beauty and the Beast"), desperation ("Blackout"), nostalgia ("Sons of the Silent Age") and humor ("Secret Life of Arabia"). David's voice hits startling new heights here, and he's singing as though his life depended on it. The ambient instrumental tracks range from murky ("Sense of Doubt") to soothing ("Moss Garden") to horrific ("Neukoln").
I find it almost a cathartic experience listening to 'Heroes,' for it's as if David is purging all these raw emotions out of his system and trying to make the best of a difficult situation (relevant to his circumstances during the time the album was recorded). Depending on my mood, it's not uncommon that I feel either drained or refreshed after listening to the album in one sitting.
'Heroes' evokes a whole gamut of feelings, and is a most provocative listening experience. It's a wild runaway-train of an album, by an artist who was always far ahead of his time. Highly recommended to all DB fans (new or old) or anyone who likes music that takes you on an adventure.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Phil (San Diego) on April 18, 2009
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The "Heroes" album in its entirety isn't necessarily going to be for everyone's taste but even if your palate doesn't quite reflect my own, there are a number of choice tracks with broad appeal.

"Heroes" was the second album of what is in retrospect called the Berlin trilogy. The first of that trilogy, Low, is probably my favorite Bowie; "Heroes" was a strong followup that provided a more jarring approach in constrast to the meditative and sometimes drifting melancholy of its predecessor. Both are among the most important albums of Bowie's career.

If you've ever picked up one of the many compilations of Bowie hits you've probably gotten the edited version of the title hit. Somehow "Heroes" doesn't sound right when it opens with the verse about swimming like dolphins. The most memorable lyrics are right there in the first verse of the full length version included here. The opening phrase that starts,

"I, I would be king, and you, you can be queen..."

But just in case the listener gets too carried away with the princess delusion, Bowie makes sure it gets right back down to earth...

"And you, you can be mean, and I, I'll drink all the time..."

The album opens with one of Bowie's choicest songs ever, the harrowing "Beauty and the Beast". That and "Heroes" are the two most accessible vocal numbers on the album. What used to be side two of the album is made up of four instrumentals, followed by one more vocal to wrap things up. "V-2 Schneider" will have the broadest appeal of the instrumentals.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Funge on May 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When U2 released their excellent `Achtung Baby' CD in the early 90s, critics and fans alike praised the "new" sound, admired them for their risk-taking, and generally fawned over the rock/electronica mix. Obviously Bono and the band were instrumental in this, but were it not for Brian Eno's influence and presence, it's unlikely if this album would have emerged as the great collection it did. Also, those who lauded this collaboration as groundbreaking need only to go back 20+ years to Eno's work with David Bowie with the Low/Heroes/Lodger trilogy to see that they were doing it back then.
This (`Heroes') album marks the pinnacle of their trilogy in my mind as I find it to be much more accessible than the dark (but brilliant) `Low' and not as (forgive me) odd as `Lodger'. The most recognizable track on the album, "Heroes" is still a wonderful song. "Joe The Lion", "Sons of the Silent Age", and "Beauty and the Beast" are other highlights of the non-instrumental pieces.
However, side B is the true gem of this album. The combination of "Sense of Doubt", "Moss Garden", and "Neukoln" are some of the most beautiful and haunting instrumental work that Bowie and even Eno have produced. These three songs surrounded with the non-instrumental "V-2 Schneider" and "The Secret Life of Arabia" make for a spectacular 20 minutes of music.
If you're just starting to dabble in Bowie's work, this is definitely a good starting place.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reuben I. Thaker MD MPH on November 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, people are obsessed with this album. Everything from the cover pose to the subject of "heroes" is mulled over.

Now then, ahem...the cover (Im obsessed too) mimics a self-portrait of one of Bowie's favorite painters. However, I think it is clearly Bowie 'miming', taking off his hat to the listener, as he had worked in a famous mime group in England.

The story of the albums' creation is one of the most interesting and mysterious in rock. The mystique of Bowie was at its height. He supposedly cleaned up and left LA for Wall era Berlin 1977, living in a Turkish ghetto, de facto perhaps to focus in on his depression, recording a few feet from the Wall. "Heroes" is one of the greatest songs in rock, while the second half of the album is icy germ-rock, with an overpowering oriental overtone. It gets written about more than listened to, as it is an austere listen. 'Low' and 'Heroes' seem works of a piece, as both become instrumentals in their second half.

This Berlin era influenced countless bands. While "Nevermind the Bullocks..." was the birth of punk rock in 1977, this was the birth of what came after punk rock...postpunk and new wave. Joy Division and New Order at best, Duran Duran and anyone with a synthesizer/haircut at worst, all seemed under his influence just a few years later.
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