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Heroes [CD]

David BowieAudio CD
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The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an ... Read more in Amazon's David Bowie Store

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,497 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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62 of 63 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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34 of 37 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie at his best! August 2, 2004
By Bryan
Format:Audio CD
Before I begin I just want to say I can't possibly put into words what this album means to me. With that I mind let us begin.

If you do not know it already, "Heroes" was the second in a trilogy of albums ,including Low and Lodger, that Bowie made in Berlin. To end his cocaine habit, he rented a small apartment above a garage in Berlin and roomed with Iggy Pop.

On "Heroes", he again teamed up with Brian Eno (of Roxy Music fame) to make this classic album. Although, mose people think Eno produced this album it was actually Tony Visconti who did but nonetheless Eno's presence was definitely felt. Along with Eno, Bowie brought in one of the greatest and underated guitarists of all time, Robert Fripp (of King Crimson fame.)

The album opens up with 2 pretty guitar heavy songs, Beauty and the Beast and Joe the Lion. Beauty and the Beast is a pretty upbeat song compared to the rest of this pretty dark album. Joe the Lion has a giant guitar riff by Fripp about performance artist Chris Burden.

Then comes in my opinion the best love song of all time, "Heroes". The song has one of the best guitar riffs of all time. It's cool, dark, and hauntingly beautiful at the same time. Fripp is a genius of feedback and you can definitely tell it on this track. The song is a true story about 2 lovers Bowie seen everyday at the same time by the Berlin Wall. The lyrics are just genius and some say it's Bowie's best song. I got the pleasure of seeing him do this masterpiece live during Bowie's Reality tour.

Sons Of The Silent Age has some pretty out there lyrics by Bowie but has a killer chorus.

Blackout is a very cool song using some great synthesizer work by Eno and perfect guitar work and genius lyrics.
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Published 12 days ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of the 'Berlin' Trilogy.
The first of Bowie's widely acclaimed and beloved 'Berlin Trilogy' finds the former Thin White Duke at a creative peak that also saw his personal life slowly rise from the ashes... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Nasti
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bowie's best, but it's up there
Not Bowie's best, but it's up there. A bit too much of the Low-style atmospheric Eno-influenced noodling music, which is pretty boring, but there are many great songs too.
Published 2 months ago by Scott Ernst
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Mind-Liberating Classic
As he settled in Berlin in the 1970’s with electronic keyboard titan Brian Eno,
they began there striking multi-layered cutting edge collaboration in 1977 with a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RH
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Stunning Stuff from Bowie
Released in 1977 and hot on the heels of the brilliant LOW, (also released in '77) "HEROES" is a solid entry in David Bowie's canon and it sports a few of his better if not best... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rich Latta
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent music
This is one of the vest best albums rocker David Bowie has made in his career as a rock star.I love this album
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Todd Clepps
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 7 months 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 7 months ago by David Disch
4.0 out of 5 stars David Bowie Heroes
First, I should say that I consider Bowie to be brilliant. I have been listening to him since 1973 when my cousin said to me, "Ever hear of David Bowie? Read more
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