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Thursday 15 December 2022

How Low Can You Go


As part of an occasional and long term project I have gradually been acquiring vinyl copies of  what I consider to be the essential David Bowie albums.

I have made reasonable progress this year with the acquisition of Diamond Dogs, Space Oddity and Low taking my total of vinyl studio albums to 12. By my reckoning the only missing ones that I still require are The Man Who Sold the World, The Next Day and Black Star. I may also pick up Pin Ups in the unlikely event of  finding it cheap.

From 1977 Low is Bowie's 11th studio album and is the first of his Berlin Trilogy with  Brian Eno and  Tony Visconti (the others being "Heroes" and Lodger).

It is not a singles friendly album with only Sound and Vision really coming into the radio friendly category. It is a short album with two radically different approximately 19 minute sides. Side 1 has seven reasonably accessible avant pop songs including the two below. Side two is more ambient and electronic with just the four tracks.

Critics were mixed at the time but it has since come to be recognised as one of his best with a number considering it as his greatest artistic achievement.

I'm more of a Hunky Dory or Young Americans man myself.

David Bowie -What in the World

David Bowie -Always Crashing the Same Car


  1. This is probably my favourite of his. Pin Ups is absolutely bloody rubbish, I would chuck it out if some-one gave it me for nothing

  2. I don't look in the vinyl sections, but I don't think I've ever seen a Bowie CD (apart from maybe a cheap compilation of his pre-fame stuff) in a charity shop.

    1. Heathen is a good find in a charity shop. - Brian

  3. I do like 'Low', but I have to be in a certain mood to listen to it - I know that applies to most music but perhaps especially so with this. Also, as Rol says, don't think I've ever seen a Bowie CD in a charity shop, hard to imagine it would stay on the shelves for long.