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Released: January 14, 1977

Rating: 4.411 (average of 19 ratings)

Genre: rock > glam

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Speed of Life [2:46]
  2. Breaking Glass (Bowie/David/Murray) [1:51]
  3. What in the World [2:23]
  4. Sound and Vision [3:03]
  5. Always Crashing in the Same Car [3:29]
  6. Be My Wife [2:55]
  7. A New Career in a New Town [2:51]
  8. Warszawa (Bowie/Eno) [6:20]
  9. Art Decade (Bowie/Eno) [3:43]
  10. Weeping Wall [3:26]
  11. Subterraneans [5:39]
Songs written by David Bowie unless indicated otherwise.

Total Running Time: 34:34

Sales (in millions):

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


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 11
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Sound and Vision (2/11/77) #69 US, #3 UK
  • Be My Wife (6/17/77) --
  • Breaking Glass (11/17/78) #54 UK

Notes: The 1991 Rykodisc reissue adds a remixed version of “Sound and Vision” as well as previously unreleased songs “Some Are” and “All Saints.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. NME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

David Bowie
“Following through with the avant-garde inclinations of Station to Station, yet explicitly breaking with David Bowie's past, Low is a dense, challenging album that confirmed his place at rock's cutting edge. Driven by dissonant synthesizers and electronics, Low is divided between brief, angular songs and atmospheric instrumentals. Throughout the record's first half, the guitars are jagged and the synthesizers drone with a menacing robotic pulse, while Bowie's vocals are unnaturally layered and overdubbed. During the instrumental half, the electronics turn cool, which is a relief after the intensity of the preceding avant pop. Half the credit for Low's success goes to Brian Eno, who explored similar ambient territory on his own releases. Eno functioned as a conduit for Bowie's ideas, and in turn Bowie made the experimentalism of not only Eno but of the German synth group Kraftwerk and the post-punk group Wire respectable, if not quite mainstream. Though a handful of the vocal pieces on Low are accessible — Sound and Vision has a shimmering guitar hook, and Be My Wife subverts soul structure in a surprisingly catchy fashion — the record is defiantly experimental and dense with detail, providing a new direction for the avant-garde in rock & roll.” STE

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Last updated February 11, 2010.