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David Bowie — Sound and Vision
Album: Low
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Released: 1977
Length: 2:58
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Ahhh...
Ahhh...

Doo, doo, doo, do-doh
Doo, doo, doo, do-doh

Don't you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision

Blue, blue, electric blue
That's the color of my room
Where I will live
Blue, blue

Pale blinds drawn all day
Nothing to do, nothing to say
Blue, blue

I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
And I will sing, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
Drifting into my solitude, over my head

Don't you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision
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I daresay this song is musical genius
Looooooooooooooooove this song!
Bliss... 10
 boontonite wrote:
I was listening to this on the radio in upstate New York around the time it came out. The DJ stopped the song about 1/2 way through, saying it was too depressing. I didn't agree.
 
Depending on which area of upstate NY he was broadcasting from, that DJ may have found just about anything depressing.  Great tune.
I'm going to sit right down, waiting for the gift of some ambition...
1977....So far ahead of his time...love this guy
 floydoftherocks wrote:
{#Bananajam}{#Cowboy}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}

RP needs a snorting icon in honor of the Thin White Duke... {#Cheesygrin}

 
His coke spoon was part of the collection of artifacts that were displayed in the Bowie show that I believe had its only American show in Chicago in 2015. Might this be in reference to that dining implement?
 jjtwister wrote:


 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyO5MRTbL2s

Download the Free Studio converter - converts it to mp3
 ShamanManu wrote:

{#Cheers}Thanks for turning me on tothe BECK vid I have the Bowie version how/where can I download the BECK version of the vid
thanks or your help
jjtwister

 
 

10
.
I love the Belin Trilogies,
at first I liked "Low" the best but here lately I have been listening to "Lodger" and I think it's my favorite,
if you would like to pair a couple of albums try "Lodger" then play Shearwater's "Jet Plane And Oxbow" right after,
sublime

 
 dkwalika wrote:
Does this get played here a lot, or is it just me?

 
Don't you wonder some-tiiiiiiiiiiiii-mes?
It's never too much of David Bowie goodness  {#Notworthy}
{#Roflol}{#Roflol} Skydog wrote:

how much do you get played?

 


 dkwalika wrote:
Does this get played here a lot, or is it just me?

 
3 plays in the last 30 days; is that "a lot"?
 dkwalika wrote:
Does this get played here a lot, or is it just me?

 
how much do you get played?
...waiting for the gift of some ambition...
True visionary...this is so different than anything else of that time...thanks Mr.Bowie
 mgkiwi wrote:
Stop spitting on the fire!!

 {#Roflol}


 dkwalika wrote:
Does this get played here a lot, or is it just me?

 
Only once a week which is not enough to my liking.
That drum intro. perks me up everytime.
This is fun.
{#Dancingbanana_2}
9
Does this get played here a lot, or is it just me?
 papersitter wrote:
Beck does something amazing with this. Best in headphones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyO5MRTbL2s

 
{#Cheers}
 papersitter wrote:
Beck does something amazing with this. Best in headphones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyO5MRTbL2s

 
I watched it repeatedly when it first came out and was very much unimpressed. The tech and concept was cool, but otherwise bleh.
 boontonite wrote:
I was listening to this on the radio in upstate New York around the time it came out. The DJ stopped the song about 1/2 way through, saying it was too depressing. I didn't agree.

 
Maybe DJ was depressive{#Wink}
 Dazzerb wrote:
easy 10.  Superb Bowie

 
Absolutely!
Where Robert Smith found his inspiration for synth strings. :)
easy 10.  Superb Bowie
would it be to much to do a Bowie song every hour or two?
 
I was listening to this on the radio in upstate New York around the time it came out. The DJ stopped the song about 1/2 way through, saying it was too depressing. I didn't agree.
another good pick Bill
{#Bananajam}{#Cowboy}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}

RP needs a snorting icon in honor of the Thin White Duke... {#Cheesygrin}
 aspicer wrote:
Got a new album coming out in early 2016....fingers crossed for excellence!

 
Passed with flying colors if I do say so myself! {#Mrgreen}  More solemnly R.I.P
Beck does something amazing with this. Best in headphones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyO5MRTbL2s
I pulled this album out the other day and gave it a full spin (just got a new turntable). I always loved this song but don't remember ever listening to Low all that much. I still don't like it as it mostly lacks melody, but it's a fascinating study - very ahead of its time.  
Glorious but sad.......
!st time I've heard this since Dave died.  It's still exquisite.  Nicely done, & R.I.P.
 stegokitty wrote:
It's almost never a bad time for some Bowie.

 
almost. 3
It's almost never a bad time for some Bowie.
Got a new album coming out in early 2016....fingers crossed for excellence!
Part of the Berlin Trilogy.  Great albums.
Beck's cover of this is incredible. It's massive with a cast of 100s. Not at all like the original, but a clever way to hear the song in a new way.
heard a lot of good songs today on RP, but this is the first one to make me stop what I was doing and turn up the volume. {#Cheers}
{#Bananajam}mein held
I wonder how come am never tired of listening Bowie ? :D
cool song, but that album photo of Bowie always brings to mind a fantastic film:
The Man Who Fell to Earth is a 1976 British science fiction film directed by Nicolas Roeg.
A.MA.ZING.
 Al_Dente wrote:
While listening to this through decent headphones, the strange, somewhat random, piston-like sound in my left ear makes this song almost unbearable.

 
It's always been there; I heard that in my headphones over 35 years ago.  The digital remixing seems to have made it more prominent though.
 nszasz wrote:
Nice,,,, now check out Beck's "cover" of this with 160 musicians!

https://youtu.be/QnOmrDzRrGQ

  Although it's an interesting technical achievement, it's really a bad version of the song.
 Al_Dente wrote:
While listening to this through decent headphones, the strange, somewhat random, piston-like sound in my left ear makes this song almost unbearable.

 

Try listening to it with just the right headphone. Big improvement.
 Al_Dente wrote:
While listening to this through decent headphones, the strange, somewhat random, piston-like sound in my left ear makes this song almost unbearable.

 
Didn't bother me till you mentioned it. Aaaargh
Great song---too much airplay
Stop spitting on the fire!!
love it...
   beautiful.....excellence   {#Guitarist}{#Sunny}{#Clap}
 Limpopoking wrote:

I bought it, left it in the living room while I was at work and when I got home, it had swept the floors, done the ironing and made my bed... You did it wrong mate.

 
That's great, But did it make the world a better place?  Did it feed the hungry, lighten the burden of the oppressed masses?  Rally the proletariate to rise up against the capitalist masters?
 lasker98 wrote:
Possibly my favourite Bowie song.

 
{#Clap}   ditto
 helloitsme wrote:
Does anyone else remember the cymbal crash/hiss being a bit softer back in the 70s?

And my hearing was better then too.

 
Always the same volume --- a nice Hhhhhiiiiiiisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.
Possibly my favourite Bowie song.
Does anyone else remember the cymbal crash/hiss being a bit softer back in the 70s?

And my hearing was better then too.
Not that inspired  -- by Bowie standards 
Sound & vision - that accounts for a lot of it. There is also touch, a little bit of smell & taste.
 Limpopoking wrote:

I bought it, left it in the living room while I was at work and when I got home, it had swept the floors, done the ironing and made my bed... You did it wrong mate.

 

What, no dinner? Sheesh!
 rdo wrote:
This was the only Bowie cd I ever bought. Didn'd do anything for me.
 
I bought it, left it in the living room while I was at work and when I got home, it had swept the floors, done the ironing and made my bed... You did it wrong mate.
While listening to this through decent headphones, the strange, somewhat random, piston-like sound in my left ear makes this song almost unbearable.
 rdo wrote:
This was the only Bowie cd I ever bought. Didn'd do anything for me.
 
Low is an acquired taste. If you started here, I can see how you got no further. Should have started with Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, or Hunky Dory or Man Who Sold the World.

Go back, browse the catalog. Low was part of the Berlin years, heavily influenced by Brian Eno and the Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop. Very European (and not at all British).
 marcelbr wrote:
Funny indeed, and did you know that Nick Lowe had an EP out called "Bowi"? See:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowi


indypaul wrote:


That's funny! Here I was sitting here thinking "Great, a Nick Lowe song" and then I look at the playlist. OOPS!!!

 
Yeah, it reminds me of "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass"

 
Nick Lowe titled that EP "Bowi" -with the dropped letter "E" as a joke, since David Bowie had recently released this album "Low" - leaving the "E" off of his last name.  I bought both records when they first came out and still have them.
Funny indeed, and did you know that Nick Lowe had an EP out called "Bowi"? See:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowi


indypaul wrote:


That's funny! Here I was sitting here thinking "Great, a Nick Lowe song" and then I look at the playlist. OOPS!!!

 
Yeah, it reminds me of "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass"
his album "changes" is excellent.Also 'Year of the Diamond Dogs.
 indypaul wrote:


That's funny! Here I was sitting here thinking "Great, a Nick Lowe song" and then I look at the playlist. OOPS!!!

 
Yeah, it reminds me of "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass"
One of the all-time great Bowie tracks.

I think I finally understand how underrated this album is.


Personally, I like the funky tone on the bass.  But this is a dancing tune, with the exaggerated Bowie backup singing to keep a smile on my face!
{#Daisy}
 must have been the herbicide  rdo wrote:
This was the only Bowie cd I ever bought. Didn'd do anything for me.
 


Nice,,,, now check out Beck's "cover" of this with 160 musicians!

https://youtu.be/QnOmrDzRrGQ
El gran Bowie superando su adicción y renaciendo en Berlín, uno de sus mejores discos {#Music}
This song makes me think about you and that afternoon laughing about Bowies looks... do you remember?
This song reminds me of bouncing along in my first car, a baby blue AMC Hornet....hideous vehicle, got me everywhere for 4 years. Loved it! As I seat danced, driving the beltway, my seat back broke and I almost caused a traffic calamity of epic proportion. David Bowie saved me, really he did. 
This is absolute crap ... I give it a 10 ... because I love it ... God help me!  (a conflicted RP Hater)
Never heard this before. I like it. Catchy guitar and bass.
Banana split agrees !
{#Bananasplit}
Just terrible.
This was the only Bowie cd I ever bought. Didn'd do anything for me.
short and sweet
{#Daisy}
great song from one of his best records....
 indypaul wrote:


That's funny! Here I was sitting here thinking "Great, a Nick Lowe song" and then I look at the playlist. OOPS!!!
 
Struck me the same way and I'm a Bowie fan.
Magnificent, joyful riff, exquisite production (the drums!), kind of silly David Bowie-sounding-like-Dracula-singing-about-being-a-shut-in-coke-fiend lyrics but definitely one of life's theme songs...
more than 30 years away and and wee can keep on dancing , i love this song.
bill likes it a lot. it gets played pretty regularly.
Well, I think it's one of his best. One of the things about Bowie; it seems to me that his songs are all either excellent or awful, with no middle ground.
This song just makes me feel happy :)
 MaryAndrea wrote:
Not the best David Bowie, but I like it!  7 for me!     {#Dance}
 
I agree. It feels especially good today though. Thanks RP.
 Clark_Novato wrote:

Fantastic song.  This song demonstrates Bowie's master of rhythm and groove.  I love that the song is 2/3 over before he starts the vocals.  Other song demonstrate his mastery of melody.  An incredibly versatile artist. 

Anybody see the Bowie reference during the Olympics opening ceremonies?  I guess he's made into the Pantheon.
 
Excellent reply to our occasionally bewildering German friend.

Buy the way though - David's been in the Pantheon since the Berlin trilogy

6th most influential artist as voted by musicians in a VH1 poll
 Limpopoking wrote:


Define "time" {#Doh}
 
Well....that gets tricky. One idea is that all of time exists always, and that things that are happening now and things that might happen and things that did happen are just our perspective from where we are in the timeline. Another idea is that time is like a big wall of ice and we slice off a thin layer as we move through it, each layer replaced by the next. There is also a thought that time is not real at all, that as humans, we developed a idea of time that answers a problem we have about stuff, like "when did I last shower?"  (I kind of like that one, I don't think my cat has any concept of time) 
 trissi wrote:
I always think this song is Breaking Glass by Nick Lowe.{#Stupid}
 
Nick Lowe's ep Bowi was so-named as a nod to Bowie's Low album. 
 Stingray wrote:

Among Bowie's worst (I am serious).

Where is the melody?

 
Fantastic song.  This song demonstrates Bowie's master of rhythm and groove.  I love that the song is 2/3 over before he starts the vocals.  Other song demonstrate his mastery of melody.  An incredibly versatile artist. 

Anybody see the Bowie reference during the Olympics opening ceremonies?  I guess he's made into the Pantheon.
This song is weird. It always leaves me wanting more. I love it.
i love this tune! so good.

Among Bowie's worst (I am serious).

Where is the melody?


Bowie's best!
Cheer´s up my monday working morning {#Biggrin}
Still love this song, still my ring tone. Still perk up hearing it come on to RP. 9 -> 10! One of the few for me, and I don't even know why... that guitar line, just damn.
magnific... s+v...

exitfest
Great memories, great song, fantastic album!
 Thanks!
 laup wrote:
THOUGHT IT WAS nICK lOWE WHOM YOU JUST PLAYED ,, I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS , SORRY FOR YELLING!
 

That's funny! Here I was sitting here thinking "Great, a Nick Lowe song" and then I look at the playlist. OOPS!!!
THOUGHT IT WAS nICK lOWE WHOM YOU JUST PLAYED ,, I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS , SORRY FOR YELLING!
Not the best David Bowie, but I like it!  7 for me!     {#Dance}
GReat and Brilliant tune from my 2nd favorite artist of all time
Surprisingly, having this as my cell phone ring tone has not diminished its appeal to me in the least. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 coy wrote:

boy are you dumb

 
boy, you are a judgmental prick.  I don't like Bowie, and even if I did, I wouldn't insult someone who did.  To each their own. 

Might be 1 of his better songs!
my favourite bowie song!
Had to quickly Log In to say I'm Off until this Cacophony is done BRB....
 coy wrote:

boy are you dumb

 
Agreed...feel pity for them

The gift of sound and vision.  That was on sale at BestBuy on Black Friday, right?

 



The bass playing makes the song IMO. Killer tone.
AHHHHHH  AHHHHHH
I always think this song is Breaking Glass by Nick Lowe.{#Stupid}