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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Rewind: 1977 Heroes - David Bowie

 "Heroes" - David Bowie
RCA
Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti
Released 14th October 1977
UK Charts #3
US Charts #35

Personnel
    David Bowie – vocals, keyboards, guitars, saxophone, koto, backing vocals
    Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar
    Dennis Davis – drums, percussion
    George Murray – bass guitar
    Brian Eno – synthesisers, keyboards, guitar treatments
    Robert Fripp – lead guitar
    Tony Visconti – backing vocals
    Antonia Maass – backing vocals

 


NME Advert for Heroes in 1977

Singles on Heroes
    "Heroes" b/w V-2 Schneider
    Released: 23 September 1977
UK Chart 24

    Beauty and the Beast b/w Sense of Doubt
    Released: 6 January 1978

UK Chart #39

The follow-up to Low and the second in Bowie's Berlin Trilogy (the third album Lodger didn't appear until May 1979) "Heroes" was actually the only one of the three that was wholly recorded in Berlin. This was David Bowie's Twelfth Studio Album.

The album spent 26 weeks on the album chart in the UK and reached #3. Have to say that I was astounded that the single of "Heroes" only reached #24! For some odd reason I always assumed that the song was a massive hit, Top Ten even, so it was very interesting to see that it wasn't at all. Back then I was not too much of a chart watcher so this is probably why this piece of knowledge has taken me a little by surprise! Take note that Sound and Vision from the Low album reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart, yet "Heroes" is a way superior song I think!

In 1977 NME named "Heroes" as Album of the Year.
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