"Heroes" (David Bowie album)

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"Heroes" is the 12th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 14 October 1977 by RCA Records. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_0

After releasing Low earlier that year, Bowie toured as the keyboardist of his friend and singer Iggy Pop. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_1

At the conclusion of the tour, they recorded Pop's second solo album Lust for Life at Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin before Bowie regrouped there with collaborator Brian Eno and producer Tony Visconti to record "Heroes". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_2

It was the second instalment of his "Berlin Trilogy", following Low and preceding Lodger (1979). "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_3

Of the three albums, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_4

Much of the same personnel from Low returned for the sessions, augmented by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_5

The album was recorded sporadically from July to August 1977. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_6

The majority of the tracks were composed on the spot in the studio, the lyrics not being written until Bowie stood in front of the microphone. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_7

The music itself is based in art rock and experimental rock, and builds upon its predecessor's electronic and ambient approaches, albeit with more positive tones, atmospheres and passionate performances. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_8

The album also follows the same structure as its predecessor, side one featuring more conventional tracks and side two featuring mostly instrumental tracks. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_9

The cover photo, like Iggy Pop's The Idiot, is a nod to the painting Roquairol by German artist Erich Heckel. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_10

Upon release, "Heroes" was a commercial success, peaking at No. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_11

3 on the UK Albums Chart and No. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_12

35 on the US Billboard 200. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_13

It was the best-received work of the "Berlin Trilogy" on release, with NME and Melody Maker naming it Album of the Year. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_14

Bowie promoted the album extensively, appearing on several television programmes and interviews. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_15

He supported Low and "Heroes" on the Isolar II world tour throughout 1978, performances of which have appeared on the live albums Stage (1978) and Welcome to the Blackout (2018). "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_16

Retrospectively, "Heroes" has continued to receive positive reviews, many reviewers praising Bowie's growth as an artist and Fripp's contributions. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_17

Although critical opinion has tended to view Low as the more groundbreaking record, "Heroes" is regarded as one of Bowie's best and most influential works. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_18

The title track, initially unsuccessful as a single, remains one of Bowie's best-known and acclaimed songs. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_19

An altered and obscured version of the cover artwork later appeared as the artwork for Bowie's 2013 album The Next Day. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_20

The album has been reissued several times and was remastered in 2017 as part of the A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982) box set. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_21

Background "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_0

In the second half of 1976, Bowie moved to Switzerland with his wife Angela to escape the drug culture of Los Angeles. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_22

He then moved to the Château d'Hérouville in Hérouville, France with his friend, singer Iggy Pop, where the two recorded his debut studio album The Idiot in the summer of 1976. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_23

After meeting musician Brian Eno the same year, Bowie, producer Tony Visconti and Eno began work on Low, the first instalment of what would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_24

Recording for Low began in September 1976 and continued through November, finishing up at Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin, following Bowie and Pop's move there. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_25

RCA Records stalled on releasing Low for three months, fearing poor commercial performance. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_26

Upon its eventual release in January 1977, it received little to no promotion from both RCA and Bowie himself, who felt it was his "least commercial" record up to that point and instead opted to tour as Pop's keyboardist. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_27

The tour, launched to support The Idiot, lasted from March to April 1977. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_28

After the tour's completion, Bowie and Pop returned to Hansa Tonstudio, where they recorded Pop's next solo album Lust for Life in two and a half weeks, from April to May 1977. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_29

Recording "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_1

Recording for "Heroes" began following the completion of Pop's Lust for Life in May 1977. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_30

For the album, Bowie, Visconti and Eno regrouped at Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_31

Although the album was the second instalment of Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy", it was the only one recorded entirely in Berlin. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_32

Hansa was a former concert hall converted into a recording studio that had been used by Gestapo officers during World War II as a ballroom. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_33

The studio was located about 500 yards from the Berlin Wall, leading Bowie to describe it as "the hall by the wall". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_34

Describing how the location of the studio affected the creative process, Visconti recalled: "Every afternoon I'd sit down at [a] desk and see three Russian Red Guards looking at us with binoculars, with their Sten guns over their shoulders, and the barbed wire, and I knew that there were mines buried in that wall, and that atmosphere was so provocative and so stimulating and so frightening that the band played with so much energy". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_35

Guitarist Carlos Alomar told biographer David Buckley: "These things [Germans, Nazis, the Wall, oppression] are hanging in the air, and when things get darker physically, you kind of think of darker themes too. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_36

Berlin was a rather dark, industrial place to work." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_37

Despite the dark atmosphere, Visconti particularly had an exciting time creating the album, saying, "It was one of my last great adventures in making albums." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_38

Most of the album was recorded with the same personnel as its predecessor Low, with Alomar, George Murray and Dennis Davis as the core band. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_39

An addition to the lineup was guitarist Robert Fripp, formerly of the band King Crimson, who was recruited at Eno's suggestion. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_40

The guitarist recalled: "I got a phone call [from Brian Eno] when I was living in New York in July 1977. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_41

He said that he and David were recording in Berlin and passed me over. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_42

David said, 'Would you be interested in playing some hairy rock 'n' roll guitar?' "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_43

I said, 'Well, I haven't really played for three years – but, if you're prepared to take a risk, so will I.' "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_44

Shortly afterward, a first-class ticket on Lufthansa arrived." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_45

Upon his arrival to the studio, Fripp sat down and recorded lead guitar parts for tracks he had never heard before. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_46

He also received little guidance from Bowie, who had yet to write lyrics or melodies. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_47

Fripp completed all his guitar parts in three days. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_48

Fripp's playing received significant praise from Visconti and Eno, who were impressed with Fripp's ability to play for songs he had never heard before with such "virtuosity". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_49

According to biographer Nicholas Pegg, Fripp was not Bowie's first choice. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_50

Michael Rother of the German band Neu! "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_51

had originally been approached to contribute, but shortly before the sessions began, he was contacted by an unknown person and informed that Bowie had changed his mind, although later interviews with Bowie suggested otherwise. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_52

Unlike the speedy recording processes of Low and Lust for Life, "Heroes" was recorded more sporadically following the initial sessions in July, with overdubs, vocals and mixing lasting until August 1977. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_53

However, like its predecessor, lyrics weren't written or recorded until all but Bowie and Visconti departed. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_54

Visconti later attested: "He'd never have a clue what he'd sing about until he actually walked in front of the microphone." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_55

Backing vocals were provided by Visconti and his then-girlfriend Antonia Maass, a local jazz singer. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_56

The final mixes were done at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland, a studio that would become one of Bowie's mainstays. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_57

An engineer at Mountain, Dave Richards, would also become one of his regulars. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_58

Richards' assistant was Eugene Chaplin, the son of silent film star Charlie Chaplin. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_59

Music and lyrics "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_2

As the second release of the "Berlin Trilogy", the music on "Heroes" expands on the material found on its predecessor Low. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_60

The songs have been described by Consequence of Sound as art rock and experimental rock, while also further continuing Bowie's work in the electronic and ambient genres. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_61

Like its predecessor, the songs on "Heroes" emphasise tone and atmosphere rather than guitar-based rock. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_62

However, the songs have been described as more positive in both tone and atmosphere than the songs of its predecessor. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_63

Visconti would describe the album as "a very positive version of Low." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_64

It also follows the same structure as its predecessor, with side one featuring more conventional tracks, and side two featuring mostly instrumental tracks. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_65

Author Peter Doggett writes that whereas Low featured lyrics of autobiographical nature, the lyrics of "Heroes" were "oblique and often deliberately evasive", and were sung with an "astonishing[ly]" amount of passion. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_66

Visconti recalled that lyrics were made up on the spot, with Bowie sometimes ad-libbing entire songs, singing "at the top of his lungs". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_67

Songs of this instance included "Joe the Lion", a tribute to American artist Chris Burden, who was known for his outlandish publicity stunts, and "Blackout", which references the New York City blackout of 1977. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_68

Like the second side of Low, the imagery of the Berlin Wall dominates "Heroes" throughout; a kiss between Visconti and Maass at the foot of the Wall inspired a lyric for the title track. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_69

Bowie's vocal for "'Heroes'" goes from calm and playful to a near-scream, a style he called "Bowie histrionics". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_70

Musically, Fripp's guitar feedback dominates throughout, while the bass pulsates and Eno synthesisers blends in the background. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_71

Bowie explained the song is about "facing reality and standing up to it" and finding joyness in life. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_72

Buckley particularly highlights the lyric "We can be heroes, just for one day" as "an acknowledgment that the future didn't belong to him anymore, [but] to everyone". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_73

"Sons of the Silent Age" was the only song written before the sessions began and was originally intended to be the album's title track. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_74

The lyrics are influenced by the works of Jacques Brel and follow several characters that are, in O'Leary's words, "part-homo superior/part-Bewlay Brothers". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_75

Musically, the song is noted by biographers as different than the rest of the songs on the album, in that the themes present reflect ideals from the previous decade rather than the contemporary, while O'Leary likens its sound to that of Hunky Dory (1971) than the rest of the album. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_76

Biographers also consider the album's closer, "The Secret Life of Arabia", as a precursor to what Bowie would explore on Lodger. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_77

Eno employed his Oblique Strategies cards during the recording of the album. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_78

According to O'Leary, these cards were "part-fortune cookie, part-Monopoly 'Chance' cards", intended to spark creative ideas. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_79

Although these cards were used greatly throughout the Lodger sessions, Eno and Bowie only used them on "Heroes" when creating the instrumentals, including on "V-2 Schneider", "Sense of Doubt" and "Moss Garden". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_80

The instrumentals are described by Buckley as dark and gloomy. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_81

"Sense of Doubt" puts a repeating four-note piano motif against a set of synthesisers to paint an image of a barren landscape. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_82

Bowie plays the Japanese instrument koto on "Moss Garden" which, together with synths, evoke a sound resembling aeroplanes flying overhead; Bowie further emphasises his fascination with Japan by stating he's "under Japanese influence" in "Blackout". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_83

The track segues into "Neuköln", which is named after a district in Berlin of the same name. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_84

The track uses sound to capture the feeling of despair and desparation that the Turkish immigrants who lived there experienced. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_85

The majority of Low was influenced by Krautrock bands such as Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and Neu! "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_86

Earlier in 1977, Kraftwerk name-checked both Bowie and Iggy Pop on the title track of Trans-Europe Express, which was Kraftwerk's response to the title track of Station to Station. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_87

Although the influence of Kraftwerk and Harmonia are less prominent on "Heroes" in favour of Edgar Froese, Bowie paid tribute by naming the album after Neu! "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_88

's track "Hero" from their album Neu! "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_89 '75, while "V-2 Schneider" is inspired by and named after Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_90

However, many British listeners assumed "V-2" was a reference to the type of rockets used by the German army in World War II. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_91

"V-2 Schneider" is also notable for having an off-beat saxophone part played by Bowie, who began the take on the wrong beat but decided he liked it better and kept it as is. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_92

Artwork and release "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_3

The cover photo was taken by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_93

Like the artwork for Iggy Pop's The Idiot, the cover is a nod to German artist Erich Heckel's paintings Roquairol and Young Man. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_94

Pegg describes Bowie's pose as "a wild-eyed Bowie locked in a rigid pose of serio-comic agitation, raising a flat palm as though he has just mimetically lifted the final mask of artifice from his face." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_95

In an interview with Charles Shaar Murray of NME, Bowie said that the quotation marks in the title "indicate a dimension of irony about the word 'heroes' or about the whole concept of heroism". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_96

Visconti would later state that the album was "heroic" in that it was a very positive period of Bowie's life and during the making of the album, everyone felt like heroes. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_97

Regarding the title, Bowie said, "I thought I'd pick on the only narrative song to use as the title," quipping he could have titled it The Sons of Silent Ages. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_98

The title track was chosen as the lead single and released on 23 September 1977, with fellow album track "V-2 Schneider" as the B-side and the catalogue number RCA PB 1121. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_99

It was released in a shortened edited form in the hopes of more airplay, but Buckley believes this edit results in the song losing some of its "dramatic appeal". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_100

It was supported by a music video, shot in Paris and directed by Nick Ferguson, that features Bowie in the same jacket on the album cover against a backdrop of white light. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_101

For the German and French releases of the single, titled "'Helden'" and "'Héros'", respectively, Bowie re-recorded his vocals in both languages, with lyrics translated by Antonia Maass for the German release. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_102

Despite the song's later mass acclaim, it was initially a failure, peaking at No. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_103

24 on the UK Singles Chart and failing to chart in the US. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_104

Pegg and Chris O'Leary note that it wasn't until Bowie's Live Aid performance in 1985 did the song become recognised as a classic. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_105

Bowie later remarked in 2003: "This is a strange phenomenon that happens with my songs Stateside. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_106

Many of the crowd favourites were never radio or chart hits, and '"Heroes"' tops them all." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_107

"Heroes" was released on 14 October 1977 by RCA Records, with the catalogue number RCA PL 12522. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_108

Its release came four months after the Clash's debut album and two weeks before the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, two influential records in the punk rock movement. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_109

Buckley notes Bowie's 1974 album Diamond Dogs as an influence on punk, as well as Bowie himself, in terms of both music and fashion. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_110

RCA marketed the album with the slogan "There's Old Wave. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_111

There's New Wave. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_112

And there's David Bowie ..." Unlike Low, Bowie himself promoted the album extensively, conducting numerous interviews and performing on various television programmes, including Marc, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas (where he recorded "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" with Crosby), and Top of the Pops (where he performed the title track). "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_113

Regarding his extensive promotion, Bowie explained at the time: "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_114

The album was a commercial success in the UK, peaking at No. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_115

3 on the UK Albums Chart and remained on the chart for 33 weeks. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_116

It fared less favourably in the US, where it peaked at No. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_117

35 on the Billboard 200, spending 19 weeks on the chart. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_118

Doggett writes that the album ended a string of eight top 20 albums in the US, becoming his worst-selling album there since 1971's Hunky Dory. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_119

RCA released "Beauty and the Beast" as the second single on 6 January 1978, with "Sense of Doubt" as the B-side and the catalogue number RCA 1190. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_120

It became a minor success in the UK, peaking at No. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_121

39 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for three weeks. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_122

NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray remarked that its "jarring, threatening edge...obviously put off a great many of the floating singles buyers attracted by the intoxicating romanticism of its immediate predecessor". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_123

The single was released in the US and Spain on a 12" promo and in a five-minute extended form, which failed to chart despite having "Fame" as the B-side. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_124

Critical reception "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_4

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Retrospective professional ratings"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_table_caption_0
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Christgau's Record Guide"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_cell_0_5_0 B+"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_cell_0_5_1
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On release, "Heroes" received very positive reviews from music critics. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_125

Melody Maker named the album its "Album of the Year", calling it and its predecessor "among the most adventurous and notably challenging records yet thrust upon the rock audience." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_126

NME also named it their "album of the year", calling it Bowie's "most moving performance in years" and commended the artist's growing maturity. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_127

Rolling Stone highlighted Eno's contribution, contending that after Bowie's "auteurist exploitation" of the former on Low, "Heroes" "prompts a much more enthusiastic reading of the collaboration, which here takes the form of a union of Bowie's dramatic instincts and Eno's unshakable sonic serenity". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_128

The Village Voice critic Robert Christgau was less receptive to Eno's contributions, particularly the second side's instrumentals, saying that they are "interesting background" but "merely noteworthy as foreground, admirably rather than attractively ragged", in comparison to "their counterparts on Low". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_129

In the Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll, "Heroes" finished 21st in the voting for 1977's top album. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_130

Retrospective reviews continue to be positive, with many reviewers praising Bowie's growth as an artist and Fripp's contributions. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_131

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised the album, noting the growing artistic maturity compared to its predecessor. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_132

He further praised the addition of Fripp, stating that his guitar adds a greater "musical foundation" to the electronic sound. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_133

He ultimately writes: "The difference between Low and "Heroes" [essentially] lies in the details, but the record is equally challenging and groundbreaking." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_134

Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork similarly praised the record, calling Bowie's vocal performances some of his finest and highlighted Fripp as the standout. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_135

In a review in which he commended the entire "Berlin Trilogy", Dombal identified "Heroes" as the album that indicated the most artistic growth for Bowie, after turning 30 and escaping years of drug addiction. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_136

Many reviewers and biographers have particularly highlighted the title track as one of Bowie's finest, with some considering it his greatest song. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_137

Aftermath and legacy "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_5

Upon completion of his promotional appearances for "Heroes", Bowie flew to New York to record narration for an adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev's classical composition Peter and the Wolf, which was released as an album in May 1978. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_138

Bowie later said that it was a Christmas present for his son, Duncan Jones, then 7 years old. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_139

Afterwards, Bowie returned to Switzerland, where he was approached by director David Hemmings to appear in his upcoming film Just a Gigolo. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_140

Bowie agreed to the project due to wanting to work with Hemmings, whom he called "a real actor's director", the idea of starring in a film set in pre-Holocaust Berlin, and after learning actress Marlene Dietrich would be coming out of her almost two-decade-long retirement to star in the film. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_141

Shooting began in January 1978 and was troublesome: Bowie filed for divorce during shooting and Dietrich refused to leave her Paris apartment. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_142

Thus, the two never met and their scenes were shot separately and spliced together for the finished product. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_143

Released in February 1979, Just a Gigolo was panned by both critics and audiences. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_144

Bowie himself was critical of the film, calling it "my 32 Elvis Presley movies rolled into one" in an interview with NME. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_145

After filming his scenes for Just a Gigolo in February 1978, Bowie began rehearsals for an upcoming tour. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_146

The Isolar II world tour, also known as "the Stage tour", lasted from March to the end of the year. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_147

Songs from both Low and "Heroes" made up the majority of the shows, while Ziggy Stardust-era songs and other hits from 1973 to 1976 were played. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_148

By now Bowie had broken his drug addiction; Buckley writes that the tour was "Bowie's first tour for five years in which he had probably not anaesthetised himself with copious quantities of cocaine before taking the stage. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_149

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Without the oblivion that drugs had brought, he was now in a healthy enough mental condition to want to make friends." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_151

Performances from the tour were released on the live album Stage in September the same year, and again from a different venue in 2018 on Welcome to the Blackout. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_152

An early instance of the album's enduring influence is John Lennon's comment in 1980 that, when making his album Double Fantasy, his ambition was to "do something as good as "Heroes"." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_153

In 1990, after hiring Eno to produce Achtung Baby (1991), the Irish rock band U2 chose to record it at Hansa by the Wall in Berlin in honor of "Heroes" being recorded there. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_154

In 1997, American composer Philip Glass adapted the album into a classical suite, titled "Heroes" Symphony. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_155

A follow-up to his earlier 1992 adaptation of Low, titled "Low" Symphony, the piece is separated into six movements, each named after tracks on "Heroes". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_156

Like its predecessor, Glass acknowledged Eno's contributions as equal to Bowie's on the original album and credited the movements to the two equally. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_157

Unlike the "Low" Symphony, the "Heroes" Symphony was developed into a ballet by American choreographer Twyla Tharp. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_158

Both the ballet and Symphony were greeted with acclaim. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_159

Bowie and Glass remained in contact with each other until 2003 and discussed making a third symphony, which never came to fruition. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_160

After Bowie's death in 2016, Glass stated the two had talked about adapting Lodger for the third symphony, which adapted as his 12th symphony in 2019. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_161

Glass described Low and "Heroes" as "part of the new classics of our time". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_162

The cover of Bowie's 2013 album, The Next Day, is an altered and obscured version of the "Heroes" cover. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_163

This version has the word "'Heroes'" crossed out and Bowie's face obscured by an opaque white box reading "The Next Day". "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_164

Designer Jonathan Barnbrook explained that Bowie had a feeling of isolation when making "Heroes" and he wanted to recapture that feeling for The Next Day. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_165

He further emphasised: "We tried out every single Bowie cover there's been, but it ended up as "Heroes" because it's such an iconic album, and the image on the front has the right kind of distance...The Next Day, in combination with the "Heroes" image, and what the album is saying about somebody who's looking back at his age...it just felt appropriate." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_166

Although "Heroes" was the most well-received work of the "Berlin Trilogy" on release, in subsequent decades, critical and public opinion has typically fallen in favour of Low as the more groundbreaking record due to its daring experimental achievements. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_167

Pegg writes that the album is rather seen as an extension or refinement upon its predecessor's achievements rather than a "definitive new work" on its own. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_168

Nevertheless, "Heroes" has been regarded as one of Bowie's best and most influential works. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_169

In 2018, the writers of Consequence of Sound ranked "Heroes" as Bowie's fifth-greatest album, writing: "The weary 'optimism' of "Heroes" is mesmerizing. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_170

Even on its gloomiest tracks, there's this upbeat, impassioned impression that everything's okay, even just for one day." "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_171

In 2020, Brian Kay of Classic Rock History ranked "Heroes", along with Low and Lodger, as Bowie's seventh greatest work, calling the trilogy a "fascinating chapter" in Bowie's life. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_172

In 2013, NME ranked the album 329th in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_173

Based on "Heroes"' appearances in professional rankings and listings, the aggregate website Acclaimed Music lists it as 11th most acclaimed album of 1977, the 81st most acclaimed album of the 1970s and the 253rd most acclaimed album in history. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_174

Track listing "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_6

Original release "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_7

All tracks are written by David Bowie, except where noted. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_175

Reissues "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_8

"Heroes" was first released on CD by RCA Records in the mid-1980s. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_176

It was reissued in 1991 by Rykodisc with two bonus tracks. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_177

The 1991 edition was released in the UK on CD, cassette and LP by EMI Records, and was subsequently rereleased on a numbered 20-bit SBM AU20 Gold CD edition. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_178

A further CD release in 1999 by EMI/Virgin, without bonus tracks, featured 24-bit digitally remastered sound. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_179

In 2017, the album was remastered for the A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982) box set released by Parlophone that September. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_180

It was released in CD, vinyl, and digital formats, as part of this compilation and then separately in February 2018. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_181

A volume shift in the 2017 remaster of the title track received ire from fans and critics, but Parlophone proceeded to describe it as intentional and unalterable, because of damages in the original master tapes. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_182

After the critical voices would not lessen, a statement was released on the official Bowie website announcing corrected replacement disks for the "Heroes" CD and LP; the replacement disc offer lasted until June 2018. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_183

The amended remaster featured on the replacement discs was also used for the standalone CD and LP release of "Heroes" in February 2018. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_184

Personnel "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_9

Personnel per the liner notes and biographer Nicholas Pegg. "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_sentence_185

"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_unordered_list_0

  • David Bowie – vocals, keyboards, guitars, saxophone, koto, tambourine, backing vocals, producer"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_0
  • Brian Eno – synthesisers, keyboards, guitar treatments"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_1
  • Robert Fripp – lead guitar"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_2
  • Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_3
  • George Murray – bass guitar"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_4
  • Dennis Davis – drums, percussion"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_5
  • Tony Visconti – percussion, backing vocals, producer"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_6
  • Antonia Maass (Maaß) – backing vocals"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_7
  • Colin Thurston – engineer"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_8
  • – cover photograph"Heroes" (David Bowie album)_item_0_9

Charts and certifications "Heroes" (David Bowie album)_section_10

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