Label
EMI Catalogue
Release date
12 Oct 1999
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
38:45

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Speed Of Life (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:45 2,532
2 Breaking Glass (1999 Digital Remaster) 1:53 1,777
3 What In The World (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:23 1,592
4 Sound And Vision (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:01 3,489
5 Always Crashing In The Same Car (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:34 2,671
6 Be My Wife (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:55 2,420
7 A New Career In A New Town (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:53 1,719
8 Warszawa (1999 Digital Remaster) 6:24 2,931
9 Art Decade (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:47 1,464
10 Weeping Wall (Instrumental) (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:28 862
11 Subterraneans (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:42 1,398

About this album

Low is the eleventh studio album by British musician David Bowie, co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti.

Widely regarded as one of Bowie’s most influential releases, Low was the first of the “Berlin Trilogy”, a series of collaborations with Brian Eno (though the album was mainly recorded in France and only mixed in West Berlin). The experimental, avant-garde style would be further explored on “Heroes” and Lodger. The album’s working title was New Music Night and Day.

The genesis of Low lies in both the foundations laid by Bowie’s previous album Station to Station, and music he intended for the soundtrack to The Man Who Fell to Earth. When Bowie presented his material for the film to Nicolas Roeg, the director decided that it would not be suitable. Roeg preferred a more folksy sound, although John Phillips (the chosen composer for the soundtrack) described Bowie’s contributions as “haunting and beautiful”. Elements from these pieces were incorporated into Low instead. The album’s cover, like Station to Station, is a still from the movie: the photographic image, under the album’s title, formed a deliberate pun on the phrase “low profile”.

David Bowie – vocals (2-6, 8, 10-12, 14), saxophones (4, 11), guitar (6, 9-11), pump bass (6), harmonica (7), vibraphone (9-10), xylophone (10), pre-arranged percussion (10), keyboards: ARP synthesiser (1, 10), Chamberlin: Credited on the album sleeve notes as “tape horn and brass” (1), “synthetic strings” (1, 4, 9-10), “tape cellos” (5) and “tape sax section” (7), piano (7, 9-11), “instruments” (13)

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  • VadiushaKomarov

    rating 9/10

    23 Jun 7:33am Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    One of his best. Actually most of his albums are awesome, so..

    23 Jun 6:14am Reply
  • dirtyeastwood

    100/10.

    20 Apr 9:32pm Reply
  • LedDivision

    Son meilleur album.

    7 Mar 11:30am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    This album is very strange. There's a huge disconnect between the silliness of the first part and the... holy-shit-this-is-gorgeous ending. Like a sudden mood swing without rhyme or reason. Not that the first part is bad, I love it, I'm just finding it hard to put the pieces together and see the full cohesive album. Maybe eventually I'll get it.

    5 Mar 8:07pm Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

    I love this. How could you not love this?

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Anto_Lang

    Not my favourite David Bowie album, but pure genious and perfection at each level.

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Spape

    Probably his best album... but then again.. I also think Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane are probably his best albums... but still, probably his best album.

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mkdillon2008

    ★★★★★ [3]

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JakeR3000

    I've listened to this album in my loneliest moments. But also in times of sheer delight. I just love this album. This message is the [low]est of what I owe it.

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    One of his best. I love it.

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    Ziggy or Low? The last half of this album are undefinable

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • IgorDetoni

    The last four songs are just... I don't know, I can't even describe them, they redefine perfection.

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    I think this is his best

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • Abed-Y

    Still sounds fresh 38 years later

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • JakeR3000

    Still the greatest thing to vibrate its way into my ear

    27 Apr 2014 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    "ziggy or low?" Station to Station. The other two are up there, but they shine StS's shoes.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • rhondabowlin

    Pure love; always more discoveries to be made in Low.

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • bander_az

    ★★★★★ [2]

    1 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Sloukay

    My favorite album of all time ! I just love from start to finish <3

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
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