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  • Vinyl (24 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B001F2U6W4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Sad Song/Intro
2. Berlin
3. Lady Day
4. Men Of Good Fortune
5. Caroline Says I
6. How Do You Think It Feels
7. Oh Jim
Disc: 2
1. Caroline Says II
2. Kids
3. Bed
4. Sad Song
5. Candy Says
6. Rock Minuet
7. Sweet Jane

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carlo Matthews on 15 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
By far the classiest jewel in Reed's crooked crown, Berlin was the height of decadence meets glam. Produced by an infinitely resourceful Bob Ezrin and boasting a host of class A session musicians, the music on this platter is an endless delight of detail, nuance, and attitude. And needless to say, great songs played consummately. So, my dismay at listening to this live run through is almost inevitable, I suppose.

Ezrin's stylish keyboard, choir, string, and brass arrangements may be unmatched by any other rock album. They're lush, intricate, regal, and mystical, dressing Reed's tunes in emperor's clothes. This stage version includes all the armory yet, with the exception of the brass section, the rest sound insignificant and bring little to the table. Listen to the one-dimensional arrangement of the vocals on "Sad Song" -- they simply follow the chord changes and leave out the original harmonies. Also, the choir melody lines in most songs are oversimplified to the point of banality. The keyboard (which starts off promisingly) and the strings are not only drowned out but also dumbed down to obvious phrases. Basically, half the beauty of the album is missing, that's what.

While it is a pleasure to hear Steve Hunter on guitar, this is strictly a Lou show and not a Berlin one. As someone elsewhere pointed out, a strange vibe permeates the performance, as if everyone is afraid to step on Lou's toes. I watched the dvd too, and the same feeling comes through (the director's adulatory intro is enough to get that ball rolling).

On another note, Lou still refuses to sing complete melodies and goes for the 'out-of-tune' effect whenever he can. A shame really, since Berlin is a deeply and enchantingly melodic record.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By THE SAINT on 29 Jan 2009
Format: Audio CD
WOW ! CAN YOU IMAGINE THE GALL OF THE MAN, TO TAKE A FLOP ALBUM THAT HAD BEEN SAVAGED BY THE CRITICS, (UPON ITS ORIGINAL RELEASE BACK IN 1973). TO PERFORM IT IN ITS ENTIRITY, SOME 30 + YEARS LATER TO STANDING OVATIONS, AND UNPRESEDENTED REVIEWS. THIS LIVE ALBUM CAPTURES PERFECTLY THIS AMAZING SHOW, WONDERFULL MUSICIANS GREAT SONGS AND OF COURSE THE MAN HIMSELF. DON'T WAST TIME READING THIS. BUY IT AND LOVE IT
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Exploration into Desperation 18 Feb 2009
By Best Of All - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though Lou Reed has seemingly taken pleasure to twist the noses of the suits who operate the record industry - Metal-Machine Music comes to mind - his true creative energy was behind his third solo effort, the rock-opera, Berlin.

Exploring the reality of living in the anonymous shadows - with the landscape being the cracked sidewalks and dilapidated buildings of urban decay - Reed tackled the bleakness of drugs, depression and desperation of a doomed couple. A planned stage adaptation was abandoned in 1973 after mixed (mostly negative) reviews by critics and poor record sales.

But nearly 35 years later, Reed picked up the pieces of this shattered project by enlisting the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and a 30-piece band for a series of Berlin performances. Prior to the 2007 concert dates, Reed never played the rock-opera in its entirety and rarely utilized the music while on tour.

The power contained in the music has not diminished and Reed is in full flight artistically as the director and performer. A maligned masterpiece, this is street life as the slow storm rises to soon engulf those who believe they can win the game of roulette that's played with a shattered rotating disk .
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely 5+ stars 15 Dec 2008
By Jim Z - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Truly remarkable. This recording (33 years in the making) takes Reed's classic "Berlin" and stages the entire original LP live.
Live recordings often leave a lot to be desired due to sound quality. Not this one ! This sound is stunning for a live recording. The mix is perfect , and Lou is in perfect "voice".

I played the disc 3 times straight through upon purchase (minus the "extra" non-Berlin tracks) (which I will get to sometime). The entire disc is nothing short of amazing , but "The Kids" and "Sad Song" are the standouts for this listener.......PUT IT IN YOUR BASKET!!!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
an excellent circle 20 Nov 2008
By B. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
a commercial flop when released berlin has always been one of lou reeds masterpiece works. as a rock opera it has a better story than pete towshends tommy. what this live version offers is both a fresh look and a fuller sound quality which makes this release a newer experience. the inclusion of steve hunter of rock and roll animal fame on guitar makes this album worth the price! lou reed has grown as an artist over the years and his best music stands as a testimony. lou reed has made an excellent circle!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Let's All Dance To The Rock Minuet !!! 9 Dec 2011
By ***Doum666*** - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ladies and Gentleman!!..... I now present you The king of New York....Mr Lou Reed !!!!!
One of the first thing you can read when opening the CD case is indeed a very interesting fact: That live performance here on "BERLIN: LIVE at St Ann's Warehouse" in 2006 was actually the first time in 33 years that Lou performed the whole album LIVE!!!!!!

This is a very solid addition to my Lou Reed collection!!...just like LULU was!!...lol.... It features Lou with a full band, some horns and a children's choir: The Brooklyn Youth Chorus. They also made a DVD for it and i cant wait to receive it!!!!

The songs were mostly kept in their original forms and haven't changed much from the original BERLIN album. There's a few small changes of course as we have a little choir here and some other instruments like trumpet, trombone, viola, cello, flute and saxophone. Lou is also having a lot of fun here and you can feel it as he sometimes plays long and extended solos on some of the songs. As he is now a lot more older than he was when the original BERLIN came out, the vocals work is just perfect!!!! My favourite track from BERLIN is definitely THE KIDS but...... we also have a UNIQUE and OUTSTANDING performance of "THE ROCK MINUET"!!!!!!! which was originally release on the ECSTASY album in 2000, but trust me, this version of the song here is absolutely AMAZING!!! It may be song # 13 on the album but its clearly the peak of the whole show!!!!....

After the original BERLIN track listing, Lou ends the album with CANDY SAYS which is another song he did way back then during the VELVET UNDERGROUND post period and then the rock minuet comes in to finally blow your mind away!! The album ends with SWEET JANE, another one of Lou's biggest hits!!!!

Overall this is a very good album!!! Any fans of the BERLIN era should get this album!!!! Another real and unique audio experience!!!...well done Lou!!!!

ENJOY!!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"BERLIN" DUMBED DOWN 15 Aug 2010
By Carlo Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
By far the classiest jewel in Reed's crooked crown, Berlin was the height of decadence meets glam. Produced by an infinitely resourceful Bob Ezrin and boasting a host of class A session musicians, the music on this platter is an endless delight of detail, nuance, and attitude. And needless to say, great songs played consummately. So, my dismay at listening to this live run through is almost inevitable, I suppose.

Ezrin's stylish keyboard, choir, string, and brass arrangements may be unmatched by any other rock album. They're lush, intricate, regal, and mystical, dressing Reed's tunes in emperor's clothes. This stage version includes all the armory yet, with the exception of the brass section, the rest sound insignificant and bring little to the table. Listen to the one-dimensional arrangement of the vocals on "Sad Song" -- they simply follow the chord changes and leave out the original harmonies. Also, the choir melody lines in most songs are oversimplified to the point of banality. The keyboard (which starts off promisingly) and the strings are not only drowned out but also dumbed down to obvious phrases. Basically, half the beauty of the album is missing, that's what.

While it is a pleasure to hear Steve Hunter on guitar (no Dick Wagner, however), this is strictly a Lou show and not a Berlin one. As another review pointed out, a strange vibe permeates the performance, as if everyone is afraid to step on Lou's toes. I watched the dvd too, and the same feeling comes through (the director's adulatory intro is enough to get that ball rolling).

On another note, Lou still refuses to sing complete melodies and goes for the 'out-of-tune' effect whenever he can. A shame really, since Berlin is a deeply and enchantingly melodic record. To be fair, however, Lou seems to have trouble singing entire phrases and his voice has dropped at least half an octave, leaving it hoarse and rough. Chopping the phrases up is the alternative. The problem becomes glaring on the up-tempo songs, particulary "Caroline Says" where Lou is nowhere near the chorus parts. So, if you're looking for that mellifluous, world-weary, seductive, and wry enunciation wrapping itself around those stately tunes, go to the source.

If anything, this live version made me listen to the original again...and again.
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