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Berlin [VINYL] [Original recording remastered]

Lou Reed Vinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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by Richie Unterberger

The career of Lou Reed defies capsule summarization. Like David Bowie (whom Reed directly inspired in many ways), he has made over his image many times, mutating from theatrical glam rocker to scary-looking junkie to avant-garde noiseman to straight rock & roller to your average guy. A firmer grasp of rock's earthier qualities has ensured a more consistent ... Read more in Amazon's Lou Reed Store

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  • Vinyl (22 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B001DSNG1I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Berlin (3:23)
2. Lady Day (3:38)
3. Men Of Good Fortune (4:36)
4. Caroline Says I (3:57)
5. How Do You Think It Feels (3:42)
6. Oh Jim (5:09)
7. Caroline Says II (4:13)
8. The Kids (7:49)
9. The Bed (5:51)
10. Sad Song (6:56)

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Format : LP 180 gram / Sleeve : 3mm

About the Artist

Nowadays acclaimed as Lou Reed's best solo album, 'Berlin' is the follow up to Reed's 'Transformer'. A tragic rock opera about a drug addicted couple, heavy orchestrated and musically far away from the glam-rock of 'Transformer' and closer to the art-rock of the Velvet Underground (there are 2 tracks here played live by Velvet Underground in 1966, and 'Caroline Says' is of course a redo of 'Stephanie Says' from Velvet Underground's self- titled album). The album got poor reviews when released in July 1973. Nevertheless, like good wines, 'Berlin' has aged well and proved an inspiration for many bands. Lou Reed got so disillusioned by the harsh critics, he did not include songs form 'Berlin' (recorded in London with Bob Ezrin) in his live set for years. In 2007 Lou Reed fulfilled his hopes and toured 'Berlin' with a 30-piece band; this tour was filmed and released on DVD in 2008 (which got rave reviews...). Musicians on LP include Lou Reed (vocals & acoustic guitar), Bob Ezrin, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jack Bruce, Ansley Dunbar, Tony Levin, Steve Winwood, Steve Hunter & Dick Wagner

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cycle of sorrowful songs 27 April 2003
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
These songs are harrowing but beautiful and ultimately rewarding if you can survive its labyrinthine descent into heartbreak and despair. The most melodic songs include Caroline Says I and II, the wistful Oh, Jim, the painful The Kids, the bleak The Bed and the soulful Sad Song. Over these beautiful melodies Reed lays his vocals that are so genuine, so apt and so gripping that listening to them is like being privy to the private details of a doomed relationship. Of course, these all fit the complete picture to create one of the most cohesive and searng concept albums in rock, from the jazzy intro of Berlin with its lounge piano through the spoken poem of Lady Day, right to the melancholy last refrains of Sad Song. The grand production and sympathetic arrangements add gravitas to the somber mood to create a dark masterpiece of epic proportions. Somewhat inaccessible to some fans, Berlin has nevertheless improved with time and remains one of Lou Reed's greatest albums.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film-noir meets Junky Chic... 27 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
From the cacophony of muted, distorted sound effects and twinkling piano of the opening title-track, right through to the coral backing-harmonies of Sad Song; Lou Reed's Berlin remains a shattering and deeply emotional trawl through the depths of misery, excess and theatrical despair. It's status as a cult-record is legendary; coming as it does on a wave of expectations (the most depressing album ever, the most intense listening experience ever, etc), most of which it lives up to... managing to fuse a sound that combines the heroin-chic of the Velvets and Nico with a further instrumental quality more akin to the thin white Duke (whilst also delivering what must be the most brutal album concept of all time).
Forget the public-school boy navel-gazing of The Wall... this is the real deal. A song-cycle about a couple of doped-up, washed up, drop outs going mad in a Berlin hotel room; cast adrift amidst an ocean of drug-use, mind-games, abuse, assault and sexual jealousy. It's how we would imagine the musical version of Donald Cammel and Nic Roeg's Performance would sound, if the LSD of the sixties had been replaced by the speed and junk of the era-of-Berlin. Reed opens himself up emotionally in a way few artists would dare to do; relating lyrics that point to a damaged and bitter psyche left hurt and destroyed by excess and paranoia, whilst leaving his lyrics to some extent, open to interpretation... though at the same time, they're as clear as crystal (if you get what I mean??).
It is this kind of emotional back-and-forth and juxtaposition of light and dark aspects that makes Berlin what it is...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 11 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have read so many times that 'Berlin' is a depressing album and admittedly at times it is very dark. However, the darkness is largely conveyed lyrically with much of the music quite euphoric in sound. These elements blend to produce one of the most beautiful and interesting albums of all time. In my opinion the closing duo of 'The Bed' and 'Sad Song' are absolute perfection. If you don't own this album then I strongly suggest purchasing it and giving it a few listens. It is a bit of a slow burner but well worth being patient with! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cycle of Sorrow 22 April 2009
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
These songs are harrowing but beautiful and ultimately rewarding if you can survive the album's labyrinthine descent into misery and despair. The most melodic songs include Caroline Says I and II, the wistful Oh Jim, the painful The Kids, the bleak The Bed and Sad Song which is soulful in its melancholia.

Over these beautiful melodies Reed lays his vocals that are so authentic, apt and gripping that listening to them is like seeing snippets of a movie. Of course, they form a complete picture to create one of the most cohesive and searing concept albums in rock.

From the jazzy intro of Berlin with its lounge piano & brief strains of Happy Birthday through Lady Day with its spoken & sung segments, right to the melancholy last refrains of Sad Song, the album holds one's ears & attention. Berlin is unique in Reed's body of work although tracks like Oh Jim & How Do You Think It Feels would have fitted well on Transformer.

The sensitive production & sympathetic arrangements add gravitas to the somber mood to create a dark masterpiece of epic proportions. It's not really a rock album & therefore somewhat inaccessible to some fans. Berlin has in my opinion improved with time and remains one of Lou Reed's most singular achievements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Lou 13 Mar 2013
By Mr D
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I have always loved this album but be warned it is seriously depressing at times. I just needed to update my copy from a rubbish recording from my old scratchy vinyl. Amazing that I paid 3.99 for the vinyl back in the da and paid just 4 this time. Great
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A stunning achievement, which was obviously way-ahead of what popular taste could handle in 1973, post Walk on the Wild side. An album that stretches the parameters/envelope of what pop/rock music can do and one that still sends shivers down the spine today. His best? I think so (it's my favourite), but it's interesting that it's only now that this album is getting the respect it deserves. How long will we have to wait for another LR classic 'Songs for Drella' to get the same?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect
Published 9 days ago by rossi claudio
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Another excellent buy. Love listening to it in my car and brings back wonderful memories. I Cannot praise it enough.
Published 4 months ago by D. Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad but not too great....
I have heard a great deal about this album over the years so I decided to pick up a copy.

The first few listens didn't really sink in and even now the album has not yet... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Bentley Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars berlin
brilliant! this really got panned when it came out after "transformer".then 4 years later it was a masterpiece!dark but haunting
Published 5 months ago by scminkstein
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time great made better
What to add to all the other five star reviews? This is a masterpiece from an artist Bowie rightly called "a master". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Aldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it or hate it!
I have loved this album since it first came out and used to own it on vynyl. I'm absolutely over the moon to be able to listen to it again but having said that am the first one to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms. F. Heather-hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love ♥
I discovered Lou Reed not that long ago and this cd is really great - his lyrics are as good as the music and that's saying something!
Published 11 months ago by AnneDk
5.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome
NOT the happiest album you'll ever listen to. Indeed, Lou Reed takes misery to a new low, and that's just great, because his grabelly voice and sublime instrumentals make this a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Simey
5.0 out of 5 stars Berlin - revisited
I last listened to these tracks as far back as the late 1970's, when I had the vinyl record (stolen). It still evokes the same feelings in me today. Read more
Published 16 months ago by dogsareus
4.0 out of 5 stars I expected more
I am only a Lou reed fan because of his connection with Bowie, I love Transformer. This left me a bit disappointed.
Published 18 months ago by Simon Tinney
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