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23 Jun 2008 | Format: MP3

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Disc 2
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3:56
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Disc 3
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Disc 4
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5:03
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3:59
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3:39
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6:00
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3:45
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3:46
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5:33
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  • Original Release Date: 13 Jun 2008
  • Release Date: 13 Jun 2008
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 3:53:06
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  • ASIN: B001GTDP7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,355 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian Jones on 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul M VINE VOICE on 18 Jun 2008
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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 By A. Miller on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linnaeus on 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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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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