Listen To Robert Fripp’s Magical Guitar Tracks from David Bowie’s “Heroes” Master Tape
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The late David Bowie released multiple singles and albums during his lifetime, all of which can be easily deemed as iconic. His ability to experiment and break barriers of music proved to everyone that this man can do everything that he wanted to do.
Among the many experimental tracks that he did during his career was the 1977 “Heroes” single. Although it wasn’t a hit during its release, it since became one of Bowie’s signature beloved songs. The song was also recorded during the musician’s Berlin Period and was also one of Bowie’s most covered songs by numerous artists.
“Heroes” contained marvelous electric guitar tracks, courtesy of King Crimson’s Robert Fripp. Due to synth pioneer Brian Eno’s collaboration with Bowie, he immediately introduced his former collaborator Fripp whom he made 2 albums (No Pussyfooting and Evening Star) to play the lead guitar, an offer that the guitarist agreed. He flew to Germany afterward.
Fripp’s continuous guitar parts might have sounded like it was recorded from an Ebow, but they were actually a sound resulted from carefully controlled feedback. Inside the trusted partnership of Fripp and Eno, they mix and match the guitar with the synthesizer, thus creating a spiritual distinctiveness that the song is well-known for.
Listen to the breakdown of David Bowie’s “Heroes” provided by producer Tony Visconti below.