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David BowieLow

Label:RCA Victor – PL 12030
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Art Rock, Ambient, Experimental

Tracklist

A1Speed Of Life
A2Breaking Glass
A3What In The World
Backing VocalsIggy Pop
Organ [Farfisa]Roy Young
A4Sound And Vision
Backing VocalsBrian Eno, Mary Visconti
SaxophoneDavid Bowie
A5Always Crashing In The Same Car
CelloDavid Bowie
Effects [Guitar Treatments]Brian Eno
OrganRoy Young
A6Be My Wife
A7A New Career In A New Town
HarmonicaDavid Bowie
B1Warszawa
PianoBrian Eno
B2Art Decade
CelloEduard Meyer
Chamberlin [Chamberlain]David Bowie
B3Weeping Wall
Vibraphone, Xylophone, SynthesizerDavid Bowie
B4Subterraneans
SaxophoneDavid Bowie
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Issued with a 12" paper insert with credits; most copies with an orange sticker with the track list on rear cover.

Published by:
A1 to A6, B4 Bewlay Bros. S.A.R.L./Fleur Music.
B1 Bewlay Bros. S.A.R.L./Fleur Music/E.G. Music Ltd.
A7, B2, B3 Bewlay Bros. S.A.R.L./Chrysalis Music Ltd./Fleur Music.

Recorded at The Chateau and Hansa By The Wall.
Mixed at Hansa By The Wall.
Cover photo from 'The Man Who Fell to Earth', a Cinema 5 release.

(CPL1 2030) appears as reference on labels only.

Initial copies included a small black and white pamphlet advertising the official David Bowie Fan Club and back catalogue.
Generic white die-cut inner sleeve of the Variant 1 shows printer run date 12/76. Copies also exist with printer run date of 11-76 upon initial release.
Variant 27 has an inner sleeve date 2-77.
NB. The sticker shown in the photos here "Featuring the hit single Sound and Vision", would not have appeared on initial copies and not until at least later in February when the single was released and charted in the UK).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Price Code: ZZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): PL 12030 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): PL 12030 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides A & B, all versions stamped): STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 1): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ W A2H
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 1): PL 12030-B-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶1̶ A1J W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 2): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ W A1AK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 2): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶2̶ A5O W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 3): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ W A2N
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 3): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶2̶ A2X W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 4): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ W A4W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 4): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶B̶-̶2̶ A6H W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 5): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶ ̶A̶ R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶ ̶A̶-̶2̶ W A2AO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 5): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶B̶-̶2̶ A5G W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 6): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶2 W A3Z
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 6): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶2̶ A4W W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 7): PL.12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶ ̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶2̶ W A3B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 7): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶B̶-̶2̶ A6B W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 8): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶ ̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-ƻ W A3Q
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 8): PL 12030-B-1E A/E M1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 9): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ A2Z W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 9): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B-̶2 A30 W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 10): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ A2D W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 10): PL 12030-B-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B-̶1̶ A1L1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 11): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶ ̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-ƻ W A2 P
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 11): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B-̶2 A2AM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 12): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1 A4K W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 12): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶2 A6J W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 13): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ W A1R
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 13): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶1̶ A5 B W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 14): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶ 2̶0̶3̶0̶ A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶2̶ W A1.H
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 14): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶-̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶B̶-̶2̶ A1P W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 15): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶ 2̶0̶3̶0̶ A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-2 W A2T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 15): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶-̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶B̶-̶2̶ A2A W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 16): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ W A1N
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 16): PL 12030-B-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-1̶ W A1H
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 17): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ A2E W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 17): PL 12030-B-1 A1O A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶1̶ M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 18): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ W A1AI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 18): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶-̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶B̶-̶2̶ A2AS W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 19): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶-̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶A-̶2̶ A3T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 19): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶-̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶B-̶2̶ A6F
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 20): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶-̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶A-̶2̶ W A1AG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 20): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶-̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-̶B-̶2̶ A2 AX
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 21): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1 WAI W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 21): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶2 A2J W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 22, x = letter/number scratched out): PxL 12030-A-1 W AIAY A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 22): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶2 A6E W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 23 x = letter/number scratched out): PxL 12030-A-1 W AIA-E A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 23): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶-B̶-̶2 AZA C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 24): PL 12030-A-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶ ̶A̶ R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶ ̶A̶-̶2̶ W A3 G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 24): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-B̶ R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶ ̶B̶-̶2̶ A6 E W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 25 letter/number scratched out): PL 12030-A A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶ ̶A̶ R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶ ̶A̶-̶1 W A I F
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 25 letter/number scratched out): PL 12030-B A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶ ̶B R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶ ̶B-̶1 W A I F
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 26 letter/number): PL 12030-A A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶ ̶A̶ R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶ ̶A̶-̶2 \W A 3U
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 26 letter/number): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-B̶ R̶S̶ ̶1̶1̶0̶8̶ ̶B̶-̶2̶ \\ A6G W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched variant 27 letter/number): PL 12030-A-1 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶A̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶A̶-̶1̶ A4I W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched variant 27 letter/number): PL 12030-B-2 A̶P̶L̶1̶2̶0̶3̶0̶-̶B̶ R̶S̶1̶1̶0̶8̶B̶-̶2̶ A4U W

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Low (LP, Album, Stereo)RCA VictorCPL1-2030US1977
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Low (LP, Album, Stereo)RCA VictorPL 12030Germany1977
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Low (LP, Album)RCARVP-6154Japan1977
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Low (LP, Album, Misprint )RCA VictorPL 12030Netherlands1977
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Low (LP, Album)RCA VictorCPL1-2030France1977
Jellycat1971's avatar
Jellycat1971
Edited 3 months ago
the big drums, chunky riff and girly ooos of sound and vision are what got me into bowie in 1990. The first side songs still sound compelling today. Short and punky yet full bodied, they haven’t gone out of date. The sudden blart of electronic noise in breaking glass still gives a burst of pure pleasure - one the best instrumental breaks ever. bowie sounds vulnerable, emotionally clear and honest, the lyrics spare and to the point. side two is like queens flash gordon at times, but without as much entertainment value, and the vocalising is hammy and a bit silly - he’s hiding behind a performance again. the sax on subterraneans adds a nice melancholy though. some online mag said it’s the best album of the 70s, which is deeply pretentious. I’d say heroes, ziggy, sane, hunky and station are all superior. ‘original’ doesn’t always mean ‘great’. it isn’t, but everyone should hear it. iggy shouting on what in the world would cheer anyone up.
bruisedviolet's avatar
45th anniversary edition on orange vinyl released on Friday 14th January 2022 anyone?
5fives5's avatar
5fives5
My variant appears to have A2R W on Side A, which isn't listed above, and A2X W on Side B, which is. The R could be a distorted P or D I guess.
shivsidecar's avatar
shivsidecar
I found the rear sticker extremely irritating (in 1977), so I peeled it off. Looks better without. Go on, peel yours off too.
possvox's avatar
possvox
Edited one year ago
Side 1:
(Etched) APL1 20230A (Crossed out)
(Etched) RS1108A-1
(Stamped) STERLING
(Etched) A3V (may be a "Y")
W PL 12030 A-1
Side 2:
(Etched) APL1-2030-B
(Etched) RS 1108-B-2 (Crossed out)
(Etched) AIAB (Very faintly)
(Stamped) STERLING
(Etched) PL 12030-B-2
Inner sleeve is printed 11-76. Contains insert and Bowie "Fan Club" leaflet. Tracklist sticker on rear of sleeve. Purchased on release day. Variant # ???
Help please.
simonpj145's avatar
simonpj145
Hi I have what looks like a first edition - PL12030 - orange sticker without reference to hit single, and I have the insert. But the insert does not have a print run date. Anybody know what this means?
Masterjamcst's avatar
Masterjamcst
Edited 2 years ago
Some parts on the 2n side remind me at Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.
rendezvous65's avatar
rendezvous65
Apparently, this is getting remastered and repressed on vinyl on February 23 along with Heroes.
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Rick_Mayer
Definitely a departure from Bowie's early work as he was struggling with addiction and working exclusively in West Berlin. Bowie embraced a lot of the new age jazz scene and brought out his saxophone on a few tracks including the pop-tingling 'Sound and Vision'. Carlos Alomar and Brian Eno heavily influenced the compositions and Low represents Bowie as the ever-struggling artist trying to leave behind whatever demons plagued him at the time. A must for Bowie fans.
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brixton84
Can somebody tell me if the labels of the first UK pressing are glossy (like the ones of Ziiggy or Aladdin) ? Thanks!!