Carter’s Catalog: David Bowie, “Low”

In the late-1970s, David Bowie was heading out of the “Thin White Duke” period of his career and entering a new one as the 1980s approached. He wanted to try something different with his sound, so he decided to go with a producer who was, well, different from everyone else at the time: Brian Eno. Carter Alan discusses Bowie’s work with the innovative and unique producer in the “Carter’s Catalog” video above.

Low celebrates its 36th anniversary today, and even three decades later stands as one of Bowie’s boldest works. It was an audacious decision for Bowie – who had established himself as one of rock’s most prominent artists at the time – to work with Eno, who according to others was a “weirdo,” as Carter explains.

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But Eno also had “plenty of new ideas” and was “always moving forward,” which was exactly what Bowie wanted to do with his career.

Bowie ended up working with Eno for three albums, as Low was the first album of his famous “Berlin Trilogy,” named after the city where he recorded the albums. Bowie’s fresh sound with Eno at the controls didn’t quite catch on until later in 1977, when he released Heroes that fall, and became more accessible with the tighter studio production of Lodger, which retained the same general sound.

Low marked the first major turning point of Bowie’s career, and while controversial at the time, it certainly paid off for both his and Eno’s careers.

— Matt Dolloff,

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