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Lou Reed [CD]

Lou Reed Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (12 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00004LCBS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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LOU REED Lou Reed (2003 UK 10-track digitally remastered CD issue of Lous 1972 debut solo album housed in a stickered picture slipcase - still sealed)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs To Be Proud Of 18 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well, what can i say? The Velvet Underground are no more and what can a poor Lou do? Record some of the most well written and beautifully crafted songs ever, that's what!
This CD features new songs and tunes that Lou was obviously toying with in the Velvets. Although I can appreciate that the playing on this album could be considered a bit "session-y",there is some suberb interplay between the musicians.Check out "Berlin",and wallow in the sad,loose play-off between guitar and piano, not to mention the fantastic holding of the rhythm section.
The lyrics on this album are absolutely suberb,every song has meaning and emotion,a great songwriter at the height of his ability.
I can get into this album so easily, and can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who needs "a soundtrack of their lives", because, believe me, when you listen to these songs,you will remember the scene you're going through.I hope it's happy, but if not, you'll remember the time with fondness.Godbless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the lost classic that fell on deaf ears! 10 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
The version of ocean here is stunning, the VU never did manage to get the rolling wave effect so well, tho I like the VU version too! I think this is superior to "transformer" but it failed on the marketing. Yeah many velvet songs here but same can be said of "transformer" and this is reall a very gentle and dignified record that deserves to be heard more often!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A jewel in Reed's crown 24 Oct 2003
By isis 1958 VINE VOICE
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Finally, I made the transition from my old album/tape to the CD - digitally remastered it says on the cover - not that that really means anything. A slightly "cleaner" sound perhaps, but not a lot more - half of the appeal of Lou is the slightly rough edge and the occasional distortion and feedback creeping in. However, what prompted me to write, was simply that the liner notes are just so depressing. This IS a GREAT Lou Reed album.
I was 15 I think when this album came out. I'd missed slightly the golden Velvet Underground years being too young too fully appreciate what it all meant at the time. But as such, and coming to it slightly later, I didn't find my musical taste boxed in by fashion or hype. I bought what I liked - and I liked the Velvet Underground, bought all the albums, and at school at the time, few others did; that made it all more meaningful.
As it turns out, with the illumination that hindsight provides, we now know that most of these tracks, if not all of them, were reworks of Velvets numbers. Lisa says surfaced on the 1969 double live album, and most of the remainder has surfaced since. But unless you had been to Velvets concerts at the time, you didn't really know that.
What this album provides is a bridge, and a beautiful one at that between the passing of the Velvet Underground and Lou out on his own. Whilst it could be argued that Lou Reed has never quite achieved the brilliance of the VU years i.e. the sum was far greater than the individual parts, I often feel that the more sensitive side of the VU is often overlooked. Heroin and the heavier material tends to dominate because at the time it was so outrageous, so real and so true. But Reed also turned out Sunday Morning, I'll Be Your Mirror and Pale Blue Eyes to name but a few.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and Underrated. 20 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
Though now thought of as one of the most influential bands ever, it's easy to forget just how little commercial success the Velvet Underground saw before Lou Reed departed.Thus very few people took notice of this, his debut album.The fact that it was badly mastered and produced didn't endear the few who took the plunge.This remastered version pitched to the public 3 decades on is caught in the trap of falling between the heights both before and after that Lou scaled artistically, and in containing songs no longer new to anyone who has bought either V.U., or the 2 disc Velvet Underground Live.

To dismiss this album though would be sheer folly because it contains some pure gems.The cuts brought from the Velvet days, though bearing similar arrangements still shine.Given their evolution how could they fail."I Can't Stand It" rumbles ominously, "Walk And Talk It" struts proudly, "Ocean" is given a fine atmospheric reading, and the " why am i so shy ?" coda in "Lisa Says", must be one of the most sublime moments in music.The new songs are just as good too, "Going Down" is very pretty, the version of " Berlin" is far more affecting than the one on the later album to which it gave it's title, and "Wild Child" is a quintessential Lou Reed song, full of dodgy characters talking " of the rain" and begging for "some spare change".Should not be overlooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNDER RATED AND OVERLOOKED 13 Mar 2014
By HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV) TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This was Lou Reed's first tentative step towards a long-term solo career which is notable for a number of highs.

It is clear that he is still finding his feet and (to some extent) direction, but what we have here is a good album with some great compositions (for example, 'the Ocean' is beautiful) and plenty of promise for the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC 2 Nov 2013
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Got the vinyl in the 70's. This to me was an album that was so stunningly good every song hit you it made you feel good a fantastic beautiful album that should be appreciated in itself and not compared to the Velvets.
Ocean is just superb the best version ever, Liza says, Wild Child and the oh so simple I love you,so underated.

So sad that he is gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good c/d
Published 1 month ago by brian h j cox
5.0 out of 5 stars lou reed
much closer to the velvet underground than later solo albums,in fact some songs appeared later on a v.u outtakes album.well worth having
Published 8 months ago by scminkstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed is better than all the other gods put together and multiplied...
An absolute superstar. I hate to use Amazon for all it's abuses of human rights, etc, global monstrosity, but this was through rather than off them, surely better. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard Shillam
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Lou Reed's best solo albums
The first track is disappointing, mainly because the version of "I Can't Stand It" on the VU album is far superior. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rufus
3.0 out of 5 stars Velvet going solo
Lou Reed's solo debut did'nt get the attention it deserved. Several songs hold the promise of the fanatsic albums that followedd this one. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Geert van Gelder
4.0 out of 5 stars Reed's best solo album
For my money, this is Lou Reed's best and definitely most consistent solo album. It's often dismissed as being an album of Velvet Undergound left-overs recorded with a bunch of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Golactico
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Bowie got his hands on Lou
This album is far superior to Bowies Transformer, the sound is so much rougher and lou doesn't seem to be doing his camp acting bit the thin white duke influenced him to. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2008 by Alan D. Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars The 'Alternate Universe' Lou Reed album
It's well known, of course, that Lou Reed had stints as a tin pan alley songwriter and putative Greenwich Village folkie type before joining the VU. Read more
Published on 16 May 2008 by A. Miles
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated solo début
Lou's début solo record, released in 1972, features a number of songs originally written for The Velvet Underground before his departure. Read more
Published on 24 May 2007 by Mr. Thomas Birch
3.0 out of 5 stars Tentative Debut By Lou
'Lou Reed', the self titled debut from Lou Reed is a collection of fairly strong songs some of which were written (and performed) during his time in the Velvet Underground. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2006 by Jervis
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