Sound and Vision (3:05)

Cover of The Best of David Bowie 1974-1979

From The Best of David Bowie 1974-1979 and 32 other releases

‘’Sound and Vision” is a song and single by David Bowie which appeared on the album ‘’Low’’ in 1977.

The song is notable for juxtaposing an uplifting guitar and synthesizer-led instrumental track with Bowie’s withdrawn lyrics. These were drawn from the cocaine-fueled paranoia the singer had lived in while residing in Los Angeles.

In keeping with the minimalist approach of ‘’Low’‘, Tony Visconti and Bowie originally recorded the track as an instrumental, bar the backing vocal (performed by Visconti’s wife, Mary Hopkin). Bowie then recorded his vocal after the rest of the band had left the studio, before trimming verses off the lyric, and leaving a relatively lengthy instrumental intro on the finished song.

Selected as a first single from the album, “Sound and Vision” was used by the BBC on trailers at the time. This provided considerable exposure, much needed as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song to #3.

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