The 40th anniversary of the David Bowie anthem "Heroes" is celebrated with a double A-sided 7" picture disc pressing. Originally released in the UK on September 23, 1977, "Heroes" was the first single to be taken from the album of the same name, the second of Bowie's so-called ‘Berlin Trilogy'.
"Heroes" was recorded in English, French and German and has over the past 40 years become an inspirational ode. When Bowie performed the song in West Berlin in 1987 with the Wall as a backdrop, thousands of East Berliners could be heard singing and cheering along; Bowie later described it as one of the most emotional performances of his career. "Heroes" is also one of Bowie's most-covered tracks with the likes of Prince, Blondie, Oasis, Nico, Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem, Peter Gabriel, Janelle Monae, King Crimson, Philip Glass, Kasabian and TV On The Radio tackling the tune.
The AA of the disc is a previously unreleased live version of the track from Marc Bolan's ‘Marc' ITV show, where the song was heard for the first time by fans in the UK. The track was recorded on September 7, 1977 but wasn't broadcast until later that month by which time Bolan had passed away in a tragic accident. The image used on the A-side was taken by Sukita in Japan 1977, and the AA side was taken during the recording of the ‘Marc' show.