Philip Glass Remakes Classic Bowie

Another of Bowie's classic '70s albums has gotten the Glass treatment.

Just in time to capitalize on the umpteenth re-birth of the Man Who Fell To

Earth, avant-garde pianist/composer Philip Glass has released the Heroes

Symphony (Point Music), his six-track cover of the 1977 David Bowie album.

On the CD, which features Glass' interpretation of the songs "Heroes," "Sense

of Doubt," "Sons of the Silent Age," "Neukoln," "V-2 Schneider" and bonus track

"Abdulmajid," the composer puts his signature atmospheric touch to the

compositions, weaving in instrumental themes not explored by the original Bowie

songs and adding even more dramatic pause to one of Bowie's darker, more

introspective albums.

This is Glass' second stab at covering the trilogy

of albums from Bowie's late '70s Berlin period, the first being 1993's Low

Symphony. A source cryptically hinted that the as-yet-unrecorded, Lodger

Symphony "might take on a different form."

It seems appropriate that

this second Glass reconfiguration comes at a time when Bowie has just released

his latest chameleonic work, Earthling, which, judging from a

Saturday Night Live performance last weekend (as well as the recent

Madison Square Garden birthday concert), has re-energized the singer after the

mostly unkind response to his last effort, Outside.

Glass is

accompanied on the all-instrumental piece by the American Composers Orchestra.

The composer has also just wrapped another pseudo-rock collaboration, this time

with Rolling Stone Mick Jagger. Although the pair don't actually work together,

Jagger is scheduled to appear on a soundtrack to the independent film,

Bent, in which he has a cameo and for which Glass wrote the instrumental

score. Glass is also finishing work on another soundtrack effort, this one for

Kundun, the new Scorsese movie about the life of Tibetan spiritual

leader the Dalai Lama.