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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 (13 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B0018BF1J0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Going Down 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Walk and Talk It 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lisa Says 5:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Berlin 5:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Love You 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wild Child (Remastered) 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Love Makes You Feel 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ride Into The Sun 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ocean 5:030.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  3. Perfect Day 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hangin' 'Round 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Walk On The Wild Side 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Satellite Of Love 3:390.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagon Wheel 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. New York Telephone Conversation 1:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I'm So Free 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Goodnight Ladies 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Hangin' 'Round (Acoustic Demo Version (Previously Unreleased)) 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Perfect Day/Transformer Radio Spot 4:500.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  2. Lady Day 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Men of Good Fortune 4:360.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Caroline Says I 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. How Do You Think It Feels 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Oh Jim 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Caroline Says II 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Kids 7:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Bed 5:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sad Song 6:560.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  2. Animal Language 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Baby Face 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. N.Y. Stars 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Kill Your Sons 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ennui 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sally Can't Dance 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Billy 5:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Good Taste (Previously Unreleased) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sally Can't Dance (Single Version) 2:540.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 5:

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Listen  2. Charley's Girl 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. She's My Best Friend 6:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Kicks 6:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A Gift 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ooohhh Baby (Original Version) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nobody's Business (Original Version) 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Coney Island Baby 6:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Nowhere at All 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Downtown Dirt 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Leave Me Alone 5:330.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Crazy Feeling (alternate version) 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. She's My Best Friend (alternate version) 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Coney Island Baby (alternate version) 5:410.99  Buy MP3 

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lou Chronicles Part One: Lou Leaves Home 2 Jun 2012
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Lou is great and this is a great box no matter which way you look at it.
Roughly this box represents the first four years of Lou's post VU life. I say roughly because it omits both of the period live albums - Rock and Roll Animal and Lou Reed Live - and the double LP studio set Metal Machine Music. MMM has a life of its own and if you want to get a feel for it, check out some of the Amazon reviews. Lou probably hates this box for leaving out MMM but I can see why the compilers made that choice. I'm not saying that it's right, just understandable.

So what do we have left?
* Lou Reed is the solo debut. On paper this should have been Loaded pt 2, the songs on balance were as good as Loaded despite nothing hitting the highs of Sweet Jane, New Age or Rock n Roll. What went wrong is hard to say but it just doesn't sound alive. Lou says that the original mix had a problem with Dolby; this CD corrects that but Louie seems hesitant and the hired guns in the studio band don't really help. Great songs though, including many VU leftovers.

* Transformer you maybe know about. Ziggy Bowie hauls our Lou up by the lapels and gives him the production to match his songs. Yes it's good - Satellite of Love, Perfect Day - but in my mind it's a tad over rated, more a reflection of the times than of Lou. Still, you get the remaster with the additional demos and radio ad. Bowie fans will love it.

* Berlin is the dark fire meisterwork. It works because while it's a "concept" per se, the songs don't have a specific narrative. Instead Lou gives you the dots and let you fill the gaps in. Using the divided city of Berlin as a metaphor for a failing relationship, Lou takes us through the whole emotional kaleidoscope. The Kids still chills 40 years on.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL AT THE PRICE. 18 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
Only a few years ago each of these remastered cds [3 of which have extra tracks], would have cost around a tenner.Now you can get a tidy box set, with cds housed in neat card sleeves [no gatefold or inner bags unfortunately],for the price of a single album.

If you own the remasters then this is probably surplus to requirements, but if you only own 1 or 2 [ I only had Transformer ] you really cannot go wrong, and although it smacks a little of desperation from BMG /Sony, [after all how many more times can these albums be reissued?], the value and concept should be applauded. My advice would be to snap up the boxes in the series that you want promptly as it my encourage other companies to follow suit.

This is a great deal for the punter [ although Mr Reed et el may disagree],with classic albums from successful artists being offered at fantastic value , and lets hope this marketing trend becomes infectious amongst other music companies!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars five albums, no frills 13 Feb 2012
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If you want five Lou Reed albums for about a tenner, then here's the set for you. And if you don't, well, then you don't know Lou Reed. Some of the material here is simply sublime and most of the best stuff is not on the various greatest hits compilations you may already alone - the alternate version of Coney Island Baby and nearly the whole of the self-titled debut solo album for example. Those who place special importance on inlays and artwork might be advised to look elsewhere as each of the five CDs has only a flimsy cardboard sleeve with no liner notes. But for those who value music above all else this set really is a godsend. I listen to all these albums in the car (except Transformer, which despite being arguably the best is just TOO familiar to me after twenty-five years of near constant exposure to it) and I couldn't be happier. The only thing is that I wish Lou had stuck to plain and simple rock and roll on Sally can't dance - too much sax, backing singers and bluesy guitar riffs make it a bit too Easy Listening in parts - but even this is a good album. And you also get four more albums which range in quality from great to monumental in rock history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best VFM on the planet 5 CD'S 26 Mar 2013
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I already had "Transformer" Lou Reeds finest album thanks to David Bowie and the arrangements of Mick Ronson "Berln" is also high on my list, a freind once remarked "It's music to comit suicide too" hope nobody wants to do that! yeah it is a bit inwardly over indulgent but that's Lou Reed for you, The album simply entiled "Lou reed" is a classic "Ride Into the sun" and "Ocean" are twoof the best "Lisa Says" is pretty neat too, "Sally Can't dance" features some great tracks like "Ride Sally Ride" "Baby face" and "New York Stars" best of all is the accoustically understated "Billy" Lou Reed at his most lyrically concise.

Not convinced by"Coney Island Baby" it's the kind of album that will grow on you, it was totally unknown to me, I got more into things like "Rock and Roll Animal" one of 2 Lou Reed live Albums and has the best Intro to "Sweet Jane" ever recorded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early, Classic Solo Reed 27 April 2014
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My favourites, Berlin and Sally Can't Dance mean this box set is an absolute steal, then add whis best known work Transformer. I'm still discovering Coney island Baby, and if anything his earliest solo eponymous LP, is the only weak link in the bunch - but that is being ridiculously picky. Just buy, play and enjoy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unique - love it or hate probably
Great set of albums. Maybe not for first thing in the morning but great none the less. They tell a story of an era and the passage of a young man and talented songwriter who... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. A. Croucher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for consolidating your Lou Reed collection :)
Perfect for what I needed, was after 1 or 2 but ended up with 5 for a good price.

Would definitely recommend!
Published 15 months ago by Mr. W. J. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed
A great album for anyone who feels a little nostalgic. How good is this guy. Many tracks are a first for me
Published 16 months ago by David B Large
5.0 out of 5 stars Album classics
Excellent product. It was good to replace my vinyls and buy 5 cd's in one pack so really good value.
Published 17 months ago by mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Lou the Man
Good rock music, interspersed with more melodic and iconic songs. It reminded me of my student days back in the 60's.
Published 17 months ago by john connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars I've only heard Transformer.........................
So your experience of Lou hasn't stretched past that hit single in the early 70's or that great video in the 90's. Check out this fabulous 5 disc boxed set of his early classics. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Scalliewaggie
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I am not a massive lou Reed fan, but this gathers most of his essential albums together for not a lot.
In addition, these are the remastered versions with added tracks. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dr. Michael J. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value
Considering the price of this five CD package, this is a fantastic opportunity to buy all the CDs from Lou Reed you will ever need. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by Mr. Richard M. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listings
At the last count there are 4 different boxed setrs for Lou Reed in this series alone.
So I thought listing whats on the CDs would be of help. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2012 by Glenn Cook
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