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David Bowie Heroes CD album

Label: EMI, CDP 79 7720 2, EMI - CDP 7977202, EMI - CDEMD 1025
Format: CD Album
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 1991


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The seminal work for David Bowie, all roads directing towards Bowieland lead towards its heart, Heroes. Has there been a better track by Bowie than Heroes? Not for me: it's unsurpassed.

1991 UK 12-track digitally remastered LP, issued as part of the 'Sound+Vision' series,featuring the original 1977 album in its entirety plus two previously unreleased bonus tracks - Abdulmajid & Joe The Lion - Remix

The album is the only one of the Berlin Trilogy to be fully recorded in the city.

Track Listing:

1. Beauty And The Beast
2. Joe The Lion
3. Heroes
4. Sons Of The Silent Age
5. Black Out
6. V2 Schneider
7. Sense Of Doubt
8. Moss Garden
9. Neukoln
10. Secret Life Of Arabia
11. Abdulmajid - bonus track
12. Joe The Lion - bonus track

David Bowie on Heroes:

"Heroes is very much an extension of Low. Heroes and the next album will be in the vein of Low. That's probaly more out of spite than anything else." (September 1977)

"I suppose it's not the happiest of albums. But it wasn't at all subjective. It was taken from observations.

"At the moment, I'm my own greatest fan. The album sounds fresh and was not at all preconceived.

"The lyrics on each track took five or six minutes to write and we were in the studio for a matter of a couple of weeks. If I'd been working on my own it wouldn't have been that long.

"I don't do retakes unless absolutely necessary. I get bored so quickly." (October 1977)

"Berlin is a city made up of bars for sad, disillusioned people to get drunk in. I've taken full advantage of working there to examine the place quite intensively. One never knows how long it's going to remain there. One fancies that it's going very fast.

"That's one of the reasons, sure, that I was attracted to the city. It's a feeling that I really tried to capture in the paintings I did. I made a series of paintings while I was there of the Turks that live in the city. There's a track on the new album called Neukoln, and that's the area of Berlin where the Turks are shackled in very bad conditions.

"They're very much an isolated community. It's very sad. It's very, very sad. And that kind of reality obviously contributed to the mood of both Low and Heroes.

"I mean, having encountered an experience like that it's hard to sing, 'Let's all think of peace and love...' No,...David, why did you say that? That was a stupid remark. Because that's exactly where you should arrive after seeing something like that. You should arrive at a sense of compassion. The title track of Heroes is about facing that kind of reality and standing up to it.

"The only heroic act one can f##king well pull out of the bag in a situation like that is to get on with life and derive some joy from the very simple pleasure of remaining alive, despite every attempt being made to kill you." (October 1977)

"I thought I'd pick on the only narrative song to use as the title. It was arbitrary, really, because I could have used any of the songs as the title, because there's no concept to the album...

"I'd felt that the use of quotes indicated a dimension of irony about the word 'heroes' or about the whole concept of heroism.

"Well, in that example they were, on that title track. The situation that sparked off the whole thing was - I thought - highly ironic. There's a wall by the studio - the album having been recorded at Hansa By The Wall in West Berlin - about there. It's about twenty or thirty metres away from the studio and the control room looks out onto it. There's a turret on top of the wall where the guards sit and every day, a boy and girl would meet out there and carry on.

"They were obviously having an affair.

"And I thought of all the places to meet in Berlin, why pick a bench underneath a guard turret on the Wall? They'd come from different directions and always meet there... Oh, they were both from the West, but they'd always meet right there. And I - using licence - presumed that they were feeling somewhat guilty about this affair and so they'd imposed this restriction on themselves, thereby giving themselves an excuse for their heroic act. I used this as a basis..." (November 1977) *

"I believe in the last two albums, more than anything I've done before. I mean, I look back on a lot of my earler work and, although there's much that I appreciate about it, there's not a great deal that I actually like. I don't think they're very likeable albums at all.

"There's a lot more heart and emotion in Low, and, especially, the new album." (October 1977)

Quotes from Bowie in His Own Words Book.

Sales:

No. 3 in the UK for three weeks. Sales (before his death): 2.3 m.

Key track: Heroes.

* Turns out Bowie was being coy or discreet when he says he used 'licence' to describe the mysterious lovers as he would later confirm it was Visconti and his German girlfriend meeting by the wall.

Bowie in Berlin is a fascinating period for anyone interested in his career though he lived there for only 18 months or so. A Tribute to David Bowie HAUPTSTRASSE The Berlin Years 1976 - 1978 (direct link to the book @ amazon.co.uk), published in 2013, is a book I would heartily recommend.


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