David Bowie - Heroes, 1984, UK (Take Off Series)

David Bowie - Heroes

(RCA NL 83857)

Released 1984, RCA Label, manufactured in UK & Europe

Single sleeve.


Track Listing

Side 1

Track 1: Beauty And The Beast - 3:32

Track 2: Joe The Lion - 3:05

Track 3: Heroes (Unique French Version) - 6:07

Track 4: Son Of The Silent Age - 3:15

Track 5: Blackout - 3:50

Side 2

Track 6: V-2 Scneider - 3:10

Track 7: Sense Of Doubt - 3:57

Track 8: Moss Garden - 5:03

Track 9: Neukoln - 4:34

Track 10: The Secret Life Of Arabia - 3:46



"Heroes" is the 12th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on RCA Records on 14 October 1977. The second installment of his Berlin Trilogy recorded with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti, "Heroes" continued the ambient experiments of Bowie's previous album Low (released earlier that year) and featured the contributions of King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. Of the three albums, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin.It was well received by critics, and was named NME Album of the Year. The title track remains one of Bowie's best known and acclaimed songs. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in what was then West Berlin, "Heroes" reflected the zeitgeist of the Cold War, symbolised by the divided city. Co-producer Tony Visconti considered it "one of my last great adventures in making albums. The studio was about 500 yards [460 metres] from the Berlin Wall. Red Guards would look into our control-room window with powerful binoculars." Earlier in 1977, Kraftwerk had name-checked Bowie on the title track of Trans-Europe Express, and he again paid tribute to his Krautrock influences: the title is a nod to the track "Hero" on the album Neu! '75 by the German band Neu! – whose guitarist Michael Rother had originally been approached to play on the album – while "V-2 Schneider" is inspired by and named after Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider.

Masayoshi Sukita's cover photo was inspired by German artist Erich Heckel's Roquairol. Bowie said that the quotation marks in the title "indicate a dimension of irony about the word 'heroes' or about the whole concept of heroism".

Brian Eno instigated Robert Fripp's involvement. "I got a phone call when I was living in New York in July 1977," the guitarist recalled. "It was Brian Eno. He said that he and David were recording in Berlin and passed me over. David said, 'Would you be interested in playing some hairy rock 'n' roll guitar?' I said, 'Well, I haven't really played for three years – but, if you're prepared to take a risk, so will I.' Shortly afterwards, a first-class ticket on Lufthansa arrived." Upon arriving at the studio, and suffering from jet lag, Fripp recorded a guitar part for "Beauty and the Beast": this first take was used in the song's final mix.

Although "Heroes" continued Bowie's work in electronic and ambient music styles and included a number of dark and atmospheric instrumentals such as "Sense of Doubt" and "Neuköln", it was regarded as a highly passionate and positive artistic statement, particularly after the often melancholy Low. The lyrics for "Joe the Lion", written and recorded at the microphone "in less than an hour" according to Visconti, typified the improvisational nature of the recording.

Eno employed his Oblique Strategies cards during the recording of the album. Stories suggest they were used during the recording of instrumentals such as "Sense of Doubt".


(information sourced from wikipedia)

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David Bowie - Heroes, 1984, UK (Take Off Series)

SKU: 20
  • Artist: David Bowie

    Album: Heroes (Take Off Series) (Single sleeve)

    Label: RCA, NL 83857

    Year: 1984

    Country: UK & Europe

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  • Used.

    Single Sleeve in very good condition, some edge and spine wear.

    (see pictures)

    Internal sleeves, Generic in good condition.

    Vinyl in very good condition, play tested, no jumps etc, usual crackling, but nothing to affect listening pleasure.

    Sleeve and records have been very well looked after and are overall in very good condition. Very Good copy.

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