Producer Tony Visconti uses the original master tapes from sessions at Hansa Studio in Berlin to get to the heart of the title track from “Heroes“, one of David Bowie’s best-loved songs.
We hear the song built up by individual contributions, including those from guitarist Robert Fripp, Brian Eno’s ‘synthesiser in a briefcase’ and of course David Bowie’s powerful, harshly emotional vocal.
This film with Tony Visconti is an extended version of that on the BBC Four programme Music Moguls: Melody Makers. It closes with the iconic music video for “Heroes“, directed in 1977 by Stanley Dorfman.
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It’s really really interesting to hear how a song written almost 40 years ago has all this material on it, all these tracks and overdubs, something that today would be easier with digital softwares that can permit to use more than 24-tracks like the tape used during Low and “Heroes” sessions..
The music video version is the radio edit cut in less than four minutes, the original song lasted over eight minutes but then Visconti cut it and the six-minute version was included in the album.
What’s your favorite part in the “HEROES” built up?