Beck Covers David Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’ With 167-Piece Orchestra

Author: Steve Wiseman

Shortly before yesterday’s GRAMMY hoopla kicked off, Lincoln (yes, the car company) released a video of Beck covering David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision”with a 167-piece orchestra.

Shot in a stunning 360-degree style, the nine-minute performance footage was directed by Chris Milk, who’s worked with U2, Kanye West and more. Watch below.

The 167 members of Beck’s backing band include soul revival act the Dap-Kings, members of the USC marching band, multiple choirs, a Peruvian charango group, choirs, a gamelan ensemble, nine guitarists, a saw player and many, many more, all conducted by Beck’s father, David Campbell.

Beck’s performance was part of Lincoln Motor’s new “Hello, Again” campaign, in which artists “transform classic works into entirely new, fresh, original creations.” The performance was held February 5 on a sound stage on the 20th Century Fox Lot in Los Angles, according to Billboard, and included also performances of Beck originals.

The performance was recorded using something called a “bianural head,” a recording device “sculpted into the shape of a human head and surrounded by lifelike ears.”

Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” was released in 1977 as the lead single from his album Low.

– Jillian Mapes,

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