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  • Audio CD (3 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00004S4P9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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As founder-member of the Velvet Underground, anything Lou Reed does is shadowed by that massively influential band--but since his eponymous solo debut Reed has gone his own way. Real commercial success came with 1972's Transformer, and critical acclaim followed in 1973 with Berlin. Subsequently, his solo career has been patchy, but Ecstacy is certainly on a par with his 1989 masterpiece New York. For all his innovation with the Velvets, Reed is, at heart, a rock & roll animal--utilising guitars, bass and drums and refusing to bow to modern styles. The material here is by turns intriguing (the title track, "Modern Dance", "Big Sky"), infuriating (the 18 minute "Like A Possum") and enchanting ("Baton Rouge"); but with his gritty, no-nonsense delivery and lyrics fashioned from hard-boiled American fiction, Reed never fails to involve the listener. --Patrick Humphries

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Format: Audio CD
Although it has been a while since Lou Reed graced us with a new album, it has definitely been worth the wait. This album is everything for some people and something for everyone. Reed's lyrics once more prove that Mr. Reed is a true American poet. No-one writes like Lou Reed and no-one confuses as well as he does. Ecstacy contains 14 songs - ballads and pure rage, love and drug-filled despair. Listening to the album is truly like going to a movie, or reading a good book. I not only recommend to everyone to buy this album, I also recommend that you buy all of Lou Reeds albums. Not always great, but only the complete work of this man, gives you an insight into what a great writer he is. Enjoy Ecstacy. Enjoy Lou Reed.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This edition of the 1999 album Ecstasy includes a second disc, a live album recorded at a festival in London.

The mid-tempo rocker Paranoia Key of E opens the album, closer to his talking than his singing style, a love song of dreams & nightmares. On the next, Mystic Child, he sings! Impressive guitar work with stylistic shifts, an urgent beat and passionate vocals make it great.

Mad, about domestic strife, has an interesting, jazzy arrangement, whilst the title track, contrary to its title, is a subdued number in slow tempo, giving impressions of New York with some personal reminiscences. Another song in this style is Tatters - poetic lyrics but not much of a tune.

Modern Dance is a ballad, mostly tender but containing highly melodic segments with driving guitars over a lilting beat. As the song progresses, lovely backing vocals join in to make it sublime. The fierce Future Farmers of America blazes like a comet over the hitherto mostly quiet landscape. Once again Lou sings, the guitars roar and the melody is gripping and memorable.

Then comes one of Reed's most delicate and melancholy songs, Turning Time Around. This one is in the league of Perfect Day and Satellite of Love. What a magical composition with its tender tune, stirring lyrics and sensitive delivery! O by the way, it's about how to properly designate love & mentions Harry, family, lust and the heart's hieroglyphic.

Rock Minuet is a tour de force, a sort of short Street Hassle for the late 1990s.
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By Slurms McKenzie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
By which I mean he won`t release another album as good as this (if he does indeed release anything ever again). It`s a brilliant work of art, at times thrilling; less overtly political than the much-heralded "New York" and less sentimental than "Set The Twilight Reeling" and frankly, less disturbing than "Magic and Loss". It`s the Lou Reed album I return to most of all. It has big rock songs, even sing-along choruses ("Big Sky")! It has acutely observed songs about deteriorating relationships ("Mad", Tatters" and the sublime "Baton Rouge"). It has some social commentary ("Future Farmers of America", "Rock Minuet"). And unlike any other record in history, it has an eighteen-minute epic, with a relentlessly unchanging tempo, the possibly semi-autobiographical eye-opener that is "Like A Possum" (the nearest explanation I can come up for it is the guy from Lou`s fantastic "Street Hassle" has somehow got to his 60th birthday, and this is his story). What I hope this review illustrates is that this is quite probably Lou Reed at his very best. The mixture of songs, styles and emotions is really quite incredible, and I`m sure anyone interested in intelligent music will appreciate this.
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Here we go again. Never write Lou Reed off. By now, well into his sixties, he should be slipping into his musical pipe and slippers. However, Reed, on 'Ecstasy', shows no signs of entering his creative dotage, preferring to whack up the guitars and crafting a diverse, captivating collection that doesn't break too much new ground but represents an artist defying the years. Songs such as the title track, 'Rock Minuet' and the moving 'Tatters' are up there with the best of his solo work. Certainly, the dreamer in me likes to visualise how these songs would've sounded with the Velvet Underground, but in Lou's hands, these songs still sound more than fine. Give it a bit of time, and you'll love it. I certainly do...
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By Jervis VINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
'Ecstasy' is Lou's second fine album in a row following on the heels of 'Set The Twilight Reeling'.
It's a little rawer and more guitar orienated than his previous more recent albums and also has considerably more energy/vitality than his trilogy of highly rated albums 'New York' - 'Magic And Loss' which i believe makes it all the better.
Lyrically he's becoming much more personal in his subject matter (moving away from the social/environmental issues) often relating the frailties of human relationships in his songs.
'Ecstasy' is a rock solid album with a nice mixture of rock and ballads. There is the eighteen minute 'Like A Possum' which is quite unconventional in a way that many Velvet Underground fans will savour. My favourite, however, is 'White Prism' which is rocky with some effective changes of tempo.
This album is another fine effort from Lou.
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