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Heroes

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Overlooked Sister to 'Low' December 8, 2003
By Joe
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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bowie's half-dozen best from his long career 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. Those who had some Bowie's 45s from this era may remember it as a b-side as well.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second installment in "Berlin Trilogy" is brilliant July 27, 2001
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David Bowie made three albums while living in Berlin. The second of them, "Heroes," sees Bowie continuing his bare-bones production, ably assisted by Brian Eno. The title track of this album remains my all-time favorite Bowie composition, both for its poetic quality and for the harmonics, hooks and production values. Bowie utilizes several unusual instruments on this album, including the Japanese samisen (a stringed instrument). Another favorite piece on this album is an instrumental, "Neukolnen," inspired by Bowie's Berlin neighborhood. This is an album not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Bowie
I've been following him since his 'ziggy' days. i've lost a lot of the hard vinyl, cassette and even CD's. (always misplacing them). so this is a re-purchase (again). Read more
Published 24 days ago by Debra Todd
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Low still a lot of crap.
Have to admit this is way better than Low but saying this isn't saying a lot. If you had to choose between Low, Black Tie White Noise, Never Let me Down, Pick Heroes.
Published 24 days ago by David Disch
3.0 out of 5 stars Second of the Berlin Trilogy Now In MLPS Format!
I have to admit that my favourite Bowie period spans the albums that start with "Hunky Dory" till "Aladdin Sane" although I liked "Station to Station" a great deal but truth be... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frederick Baptist
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes is my favorite song
Bowie is an extraordinary artist. One of a kind.
This album in particular has a very special meaning for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Rushby
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh we can beat them Forever and Ever....
We can be us just for one day. We can be Heroes, We can be Heroes. Just for one day.

This album is my favorite Bowie album so far. I cant believe it came out in 77. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jhanio H. De Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie Is A Musical Hero For Far More Than Just One Day
Although a grand creative statement that has more than withstood the test of time (and musical writers),Low was not the success at the time on any level that it deserved to be. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars two thumbs up
Every David Bowie cd I own is great I have yet to find one I don't like and I don't think I ever will
Published 4 months ago by billy jean mccallum
5.0 out of 5 stars What's there to say?
One of the best albums ever made. At the time it was a bit of a shock for long time Bowie fans. It took a few listenings back then before I decided it was great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by cpm
3.0 out of 5 stars Second-Tier Bowie
Overrated to the extreme, "Heroes" is the weakest of David Bowie and Brian Eno's Berlin trilogy. The 1977 release certainly has its virtues: the classic title song, "Beauty and the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
4.0 out of 5 stars danm good cd
i was amazed by this cd this cd was good i hered this was one of the lest best but not for me including heros this cd rocked
Published 11 months ago by Firstbank
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