When RCA, David Bowie's record label at the time, announced that the release of Low was tantamount to commercial and artistic suicide, "Sound and Vision" was precisely what they had in mind, a fragment of a song whose instrumental intro was actually longer than the song itself. Oh, how silly they must have felt when, extracted as the first single from the album, "Sound and Vision" became Bowie's biggest U.K. hit in two years (since the chart-topping reissue of "Space Oddity") and was even borrowed by the BBC as background music to its program announcements.
Despite its success (or, possibly, because of it -- few of Bowie's biggest '70s hits ever became live regulars), "Sound and Vision" was performed just once in concert over the next decade, at one of his London shows the following year. A bootleg quality recording of this momentous occasion is captured on the Rarestonebowie compilation.
Having gifted its name to Bowie's 1989 box set and the following year's "greatest hits" tour, "Sound and Vision" became more regular during that later outing. Since that time, however, it has been returned to the closet.