Sound and Vision

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"Sound and Vision"
Single by David Bowie
from the album Low
B-side "A New Career in a New Town"
Released 11 February 1977
Format 7" single
Recorded Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France, September 1976
Genre Art rock, electronic
Length 3:00
Label RCA
PB 0905
Writer(s) David Bowie
Producer(s) David Bowie, Tony Visconti
David Bowie singles chronology
"Stay"
(1976)
"Sound and Vision"
(1977)
"Be My Wife"
(1977)
Low track listing
"What in the World"
(3)
"Sound and Vision"
(4)
"Always Crashing in the Same Car"
(5)

"Sound and Vision" is a song and single by David Bowie which appeared on the album Low in 1977.

The song is notable for juxtaposing an uplifting guitar and synthesizer-led instrumental track with Bowie’s withdrawn lyrics.

In keeping with the minimalist approach of Low, co-producer Visconti and Bowie originally recorded the track as an instrumental, bar the backing vocal (performed by Visconti’s wife, Mary Hopkin). Bowie then recorded his vocal after the rest of the band had left the studio, before trimming verses off the lyric, and leaving a relatively lengthy instrumental intro on the finished song.

Selected as a first single from the album, "Sound and Vision" was used by the BBC on trailers at the time. This provided considerable exposure, much needed as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song to No. 3.

The first live performance of the song was at Earl’s Court on 1 July 1978. In 1990, it was a regular number for Bowie’s greatest hits Sound + Vision Tour. The name had also been used for Rykodisc boxed set anthology in 1989.

In 1991 808 State released an EP of remixes of "Sound and Vision" in America, credited to David Bowie vs. 808 State.

In 2008 the Sea and Cake's cover of this song from their 2003 album One Bedroom was used by Rhapsody in one of their ads.

In March 2010, it was announced on Bowie official site that a digital Sound And Vision Remix EP would be made available in June 2010.

In the spring of 2013, the song could be heard in the television ad for the Sony Xperia Z.

Track listing[edit]

Original 7" single
  1. "Sound and Vision" (Bowie)  – 3:00
  2. "A New Career in a New Town" (Bowie) – 2:50
David Bowie vs 808 State (1991)
  1. "Sound + Vision (808 Gift mix)" - 3:58
  2. "Sound + Vision (808 'lectric Blue remix instrumental)" - 4:08
  3. "Sound + Vision (David Richards remix 1991)" - 4:40
  4. "Sound + Vision (Original version)" - 3:03
David Bowie vs 808 State — Sound And Vision Remix EP (2010)
  1. "Sound + Vision (808 Gift mix)" - 3:58
  2. "Sound + Vision (808 'lectric Blue remix instrumental)" - 4:08
  3. "Sound + Vision (David Richards remix 1991)" - 4:40
  4. "Sound + Vision (Original version)" - 3:03
  • This 2010 release is a digital download only

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