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Released: October 14, 1977

Rating: 4.221 (average of 15 ratings)

Genre: glam rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Beauty and the Beast [3:32]
  2. Joe the Lion [3:05]
  3. Heroes (Bowie/Eno) [6:07]
  4. Sons of the Silent Age [3:15]
  5. Blackout [3:10]
  6. V-2 Schneider [3:10]
  7. Sense of Doubt [3:57]
  8. Moss Garden (Bowie/Eno) [5:03]
  9. Neuköln (Bowie/Eno) [4:34]
  10. The Secret Life of Arabia (Alomar/Bowie/Eno) [3:46]
Songs written by David Bowie unless indicated otherwise.

Total Running Time: 40:18


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 35
peak on U.K. album chart 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Heroes (9/27/77) #24 UK
  • Beauty and the Beast (1/6/78) #39 UK

Notes: The 1991 Rykodisc reissue includes the German version of “Heroes” and the song “Abdulmajid.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

David Bowie
“Repeating the formula of Low's half-vocal/half-instrumental structure, Heroes develops and strengthens the sonic innovations David Bowie and Brian Eno explored on their first collaboration. The vocal songs are fuller, boasting harder rhythms and deeper layers of sound. Much of the harder-edged sound of Heroes is due to Robert Fripp's guitar, which provides a muscular foundation for the electronics, especially on the relatively conventional rock songs. Similarly, the instrumentals on Heroes are more detailed, this time showing a more explicit debt to German synth pop and European experimental rock. Essentially, the difference between Low and Heroes lies in the details, but the record is equally challenging and groundbreaking” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.