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Coney Island Baby [Original recording remastered]

Lou Reed Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000GG4XHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No one knew what to expect from Lou after Sally Can't Dance and the perplexing Metal Machine Music . What they got was the best batch of Lou Reed songs in years, and this edition adds unissued bonus rehearsal tracks cut in '75 with VU bassist Doug Yule! They join the title classic; Kicks; Crazy Feeling , and the rest of this timeless rock gem.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reason to love Lou 10 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Lou Reed needed to make this album. His previous work, the infamous Metal Machine Music had alienated all except the chin-stroking arty brigade. No one in their right mind would call that collage of feedback and screaming a work of genius, however bold and unprecedented. So with his recording contract with RCA hanging by a thread, mounting legal battles, no money and no guitars all Reed had was music.
What we have in Coney Island Baby may appear to be typical Reed fare- biographical songs of growing up and the environment of his youth delivered with lyrics that cut you one moment and amuse you the next. However it is the wonderful music that really delivers the punch of the album, but in a much more gentle and tuneful way than the Reed we know, or tend to pigeon-hole. The musicianship is wonderful, drummer Michael Suchorsky is superb and entwined with Bruce Yaw on bass you have a powerful musical muscle- Reed has always known how to put together a great rhythm section. Reed's guitar work is better than ever and he sings with genuine warmth, though thankfully without twee sentimentality.
I rate this album as highly as any of Reed's great works- Transformer, The Blue Mask, New York and Ecstacy, and of course the Velvets! Too many people still think of Reed as the man who wrote Perfect Day and I would recommend this album to any Reed fan or those who think he went nowhere after Transformer. Reed's career is an embarrasment of hidden riches and here's an absolute gem
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Delivers The Goods 26 Mar 2009
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What a great album this is from Mr Reed,I have owned the original Cd for a long time but when I saw this 30th Anniverary Deluxe Edition up for grabs at a great price from Amazon had to get it.This edition features six bonus tracks which are great and the remastered sound quality is superb night and day with the original so you will be able to enjoy listening to a great album the way it should be.I dont have a lot of Lou Reed albums but would say if you enjoyed the fantastic Transformer album you will enjoy Coney Island Baby musically they are quite similar which is great as Transformer is a fantastic album in its own right,it is also available in remastered format for superior sound quality.At the price Amazon is asking for this class album definetly worth getting for your collection.Hope review is of help.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future of rock'n'roll 31 May 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This album is a laid back album with moments of humour and also some moments of beauty. There is much to do with drug culture- 'Kicks', for example. 'Crazy feeling' and 'Nobody's business' are good rock songs as is 'Ooooh baby' which appears to be about someone working in a strip bar. There are moments of darkness on the album as you would expect from Reed. The best song here is the title track, which is thoughtful, soulful, and even a little touching. It is a perfect song. In a laid back doo-wop style, Lou sings about isolation ("when you find that you very soul, its been up for sale") and then a possible redemption through love ("remember the princess who lived on the hill, who loved you even though she knew you was wrong"), with Lou ending the album off with the words: "man, I swear I'd give the whole thing up for you."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, But A Few Classics. 21 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's a familiar story with Lou Reed's mid-seventies albums, as it is with his weaker eighties albums, there's always a few tracks worth getting the album for. Coney Island Baby has a couple of the finest Reed tracks you can hear. The title track's homage to the fifties is, as always with Lou in this mood, touching without resorting to sickly sentimentality. It is an immaculately produced record most notably on the other standout track "Kicks", a harrowing account of a psychopath's lust for thrills gained from violence, where Reed uses a tape of a conversation at a party to excentuate the moments of drama. These two tracks are classics, not too far behind is "She's my best friend". After that there isn't really anything that the casual Reed listener will need. However, for Reed fans an average but enjoyable listening experience is on offer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ##I Wanna Play football for the coach...## 22 Oct 2007
By Steve
Format:Audio CD
Coney Island Baby is ultimately a record-deal-filler album, something to get Lou back on track after the unlistenable Metal Machine Music. Nonetheless, its very good indeed. Lou's vocal style is exactly the same as on Transformer, but instead of Mick Ronson's buzzing glam riffs, we have some impeccable mid-70s session muso backing- a supple, intricate rhythm section and lots of wanky note-bending guitar. It has a real period charm, and the songs are up to the mark. Nothing here quite up to the heights of Walk on the Wild Side, but it comes close. The cute lick which opens Crazy Feeling is infectious, She's My Best Friend is another stand-out, and Gift has a lovely melody as well as showcasing Reed's tongue-in-cheek humour. Kicks, despite its jazzy stylings, tries to explore darker, more sadistic lyrical themes- it sounds a bit too much like Lou trying to live up to his Velvets reputation. But the sweeping closer of the title track is another stand-out, and explores more a intimate, vulnerable Lou, expressing his dream as a kid to "play football for the coach." Who would have thought it, from the man who wrote "Venus in Furs"?

The mastering on this re-issue is superb- this album is definitely one of Lou's high points from the 70s.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Lou reed.
I love Lou reed. The title track still makes me quiver like only Isaac Hayes' 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' can otherwise do. A absolute genius.
Published 16 days ago by Richard Shillam
4.0 out of 5 stars A GIFT...
This is one of Lou Reed's most divisive albums that splits opinion.

My own view (for what it is worth) is that it is an excellent album that has classic moments on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. McCarraher
5.0 out of 5 stars The best got better
OK, probably Berlin is the best Lou Reed album but this runs it a damn close second. I bought this on vinyl when it first came out in 1975, then on CD and now this expanded edition... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Aldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou
Great Album by Lou reed I partially enjoyed the blurb in the back of the sleeve telling you of how the album came to be.
Published 1 month ago by joseph niman
5.0 out of 5 stars Coney Island Baby like Lou Reed's others records on vinyl is perfect!
vinyl is the best support for Lou Reed 'voice : for the warmth , the deepness it produces. I got the vinyl in a perfect condition.
Published 1 month ago by Martin Stéphane
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed as few get to hear him....
As a Bowie fan, I was one of the first to hear and love Vicious, Satellite of Love and so on. I dipped out of Berlin, but got off on The 'Yellow Banana' of The Velvets. Read more
Published 4 months ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a classic
Lou Reed has produced many good songs and albums in the past, but having listened to Coney island Baby as it should be listened 'as an album', it is hard to argue that this is one... Read more
Published 10 months ago by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Distinctive guitar sound
Bells on Crazy Feeling are brilliant.
Charley's Girl is one of my favourite Lou Reed songs
Kicks will make you jump when you're least expecting it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rufus
5.0 out of 5 stars Downtown Dirt
Am frequently overlooked LP but a terrific one, & definitely one of Lou's finest. Surprisingly accessible - bearing in mind that it's immediate predecessor was Metal Machine Music... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by Rooksby
4.0 out of 5 stars he just wants to play football for the coach!
a great lou reed album,reasonably priced and with some essential (and they are great) extra tracks. this was considered a return to rock for lou,and includes some of his most... Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by dominoes
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