David Bowie’s self-titled album Heroes is widely considered to be one of the greatest albums ever produced by any musician, and it definitely held that status even up until his death from cancer four years ago.
Though he was only in his mid-twenties when he tackled the task of creating this masterpiece, his musical prowess showed through the instrumentals and tracks, which were constructed at the time of his death. It took him a great deal of effort and dedication to create the album, as he had already created several landmark projects such as The Robots, Star and Black Ice, and the classic album Wall and Long Live. There are many strong bands who would not have the same influence that Bowie has on music, and his death is often attributed to too many people taking credit for his work, rather than allowing him to get all of it. The album, despite being nearly fifty years old, remains a huge success and continues to tour to this day.
In the context of David Bowie’s career, this album takes on extra importance, as it was the very first release of what would become a superstar known as Bowie and his partner-in-crime, Mick Ronson. While the album did not receive the attention it deserved nor were its themes and songs received by the mainstream audience that was critical to its rise to stardom, there is no doubt that it is still incredibly popular with fans and has continually sold millions upon millions of copies worldwide. Many younger fans may not even know that the album is their first, and they would probably be pleasantly surprised by the themes, instrumentals and songs featured on it. This is where the album’s legacy comes into play, as there are many David Bowie heroes and icons who can be discovered through this album and are influenced by it, even though they may not have actually listened to some of the songs on it when it was released.
Two of the main individuals behind the production of the album, Richard Pegg and John Martin, were in fact close friends of David Bowie. Richard Pegg had also produced a track for Bowie’s previous album, V-2 Schneider. This means that he must have listened to the album when it was being produced, and he must have also created the fantastic instrumental that is included on the album. Given how important this album is to Bowie, it is little wonder that it is still so revered by fans twenty years after its first release.
David Bowie’s Greatest Hits
“Heroes” is the 12th studio album ever produced by English guitarist David Bowie, also released on 14 October 1976 by RCA Records. The album was recorded during the sessions for Bowie’s self-titled album and again, according to the band leader, featured a mixture of live recordings and overdubs. The album was very well received by both fans and the critics, and David Bowie had said that the album contained many personal songs. The song which has gained most prominence is “ouxia,” which features David Bowie’s vocals accompanied by synthesizer sounds. It is also worth noting that the single version of this track, “ouxia,” contains a minor variation in the background guitar part, played by John Paul Jones.
Following the release of” HERO,” David Bowie had another landmark album, “DABA” (the first double album in two decades), which featured the singles “otics” and “aging.” This album included his classic song about love, “Fame,” which features a heavily scented female vocalist that also includes at least one orgasm in the verse. Following the release of “DABA” (aka “DABBA”), a short film by the name of “Fantastic Four” was made featuring various members of the band, namely, are Versailles, icky Gee, iver Dove and Rattlesnake. The band itself did not have a great deal of material from this album; however, the band did record an instrumental version of “ouxia” for the soundtrack of the movie “The Seven Year Anniversary.” This song, featuring the lyrics, “Sense of Youth” was used on the score for the film.
“HERoes,” like all David Bowie records, is a monument to the brilliance of the English guitarist. Even if some of his experimental phase had been forgotten by the mainstream in the years leading up to the 1977 studio album, “Heroes” was able to retain much of its popularity. It remains a difficult act to locate artists who can recreate the sheer weirdo brilliance of Bowie in a modern context. “Heroes” remains the pinnacle of all David Bowie trivia.
David Bowie – HERO or GHOST?
“Heroes” is possibly the most important album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released in the UK on 14 September 1977 by RCA Records/RCA. It’s definitely worth a listen to all on the merit of the stunning instrumental music, the romantic lyrics, and the performance of David Bowie on top of his powers. The album is jam packed with original hits, including the cover songs “ouxie” and “ouxiel.” The album is also filled with diverse musical styles, ranging from pop to blues and from dance pop to classical to rock. It seems David Bowie wanted to make a “roller coaster” type album, mixing rock with jazz, disco, pop, folk, and even heavy metal.
“Heroes” featured David Bowie performing with the band he called the Writtens, which included members from his other bands such as Tigers, notably their lead singer Oli Sykes, along with the song writer, John Cale. The album achieved David Bowie’s greatest commercial success, with the album selling in the US and UK in just over three weeks. “Heroes,” is also considered a precursor to his major hit “drugs,” which he performed with many other stars from both his solo days and the Rolling Stones. “Heroes,” was an immediate smash, selling more than double copies in its first week alone. Two weeks later, the album was certified platinum.
Bowie’s next album, “Black Tie White Noise,” which featured the works of several other artists, such as the King Kong, was an instant classic. He followed that up with” Zoom,” another massive hit, before ending his career with “anasia,” which he had co-written with Mick Jagger. One of the most enduring and popular songs from “Heroes,” is the epic, “Reckoning,” which contains a dramatic piano solo, and is the closest thing the singer-songwriter has ever come to playing an instrument (on guitar, that is). In fact, many of his stage songs, including “Strawberries,” “My Time,” and “Cigarette Smoking Man,” were performed entirely or partly on piano.