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Original Album Classics Box set


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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B002JI8MMO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. My House - The Blue Mask
2. Women - The Blue Mask
3. Underneath The Bottle - The Blue Mask
4. The Gun - The Blue Mask
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Disc: 2
1. Legendary Hearts - Legendary Hearts
2. Don't Talk To Me About Work - Legendary Hearts
3. Make Up Mind - Legendary Hearts
4. Martial Law - Legendary Hearts
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Sweet Jane - Live In Italy (Live)
2. I'm Waiting For The Man - Live In Italy (Live)
3. Martial Law - Live In Italy (Live)
4. Satellite Of Love - Live In Italy (Live)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. I Love You, Suzanne - New Sensations
2. Endlessly Jealous - New Sensations
3. My Red Joystick - New Sensations
4. Turn To Me - New Sensations
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Mistrial - Mistrial
2. No Money Down - Mistrial
3. Outside - Mistrial
4. Don't Hurt A Woman - Mistrial
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE on 14 Oct 2009
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The Sony / BMG 'Original Album Classics' series is pretty good value for money - I have purchased several of 'em, and, considering some of these albums are shortly to be reissued individually (at a couple of quid less for each album than for all five that are contained here), are worth acquiring. Whilst the albums contained in this set, from the period 1981 through to 1986, are arguably not essential Lou Reed albums - he'd come back strongly at the end of the decade with his 'New York' set - there is more than enough good music contained on this collection to make the outlay worthwhile. 'The Blue Mask' was regarded at the time of its original release as a powerful work, and the best he'd done in several years, and it certainly bears up to contemporary scrutiny. The stripped back sound of guitar, bass and drums, and the lyrical focus are intact, even if Reed is vocally no Pavarotti, but compared to the previous album, 'Growing Up In Public', its a far more focused and direct affair. I've written eleswhere on Amazon in praise of the 'Live In Italy' album, which features his great early 80's band with the late Robert Quine on guitar, and this is here, in it's original sleeve (not a gatefold, mind). 'New Sensations' does feature the really rather joyous 'I Love You Suzanne', an attempt at writing a straight ahead pop song that actually works quite well, and there are several other highlights. Sure, there's no liner notes, but if you can live without such (useful) window-dressing, this is well worth investing in. I bought this, the Harry Nilsson, Kris Kristofferson and Jeff Beck sets, and none disappoint.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sonic steve on 26 May 2011
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Excellent and timely box set of Lou Reed's 1980s albums (apart form New York). Now the 80s are cool again the shiny production on New Sensations sounds totally relevant, with pops dark humorist knocking em out on the likes of 'High in the City' this album's even better than on it's initial release. Legendary Hearts is Lou's lost masterpiece, more focused than New York and coming on like an aural Woody Allen movie. So Lou let's things slide on Mistrial but it's worth the ride, and Blue Mask is up there with Berlin, Women is one of his most beautiful songs. I'd forgotten about these albums, don't you! there's a revelation in waiting here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Jones on 2 Jun 2012
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The third, and to date (June 12) final mini box of Lou's work. This set covers Lou's return to RCA and the years 1982 to 1986 and unfortunately is probably the least interesting of the sets on offer. It's not all fallow and I guess even Lou deserves a little quiet time.
* Blue Mask: Lou becomes an Artist with the emphasis on the capital A. Ruminations on Delmore, Kennedy and wife Sylvia are particularly lovely but like Townshend before him our Lou starts to trip himself up with cumbersome lyrics. "Silvia and I got our Ouija board" would sound faintly ridiculous no matter who was singing it. Likewise the Blue Mask track itself which gets way too wordy to work. It's also worth mentioning that on this LP, and the subsequent Legendary Hearts, that Lou starts to try and "sing" the songs. Now Lou has a unique voice, he could read from the NYC telephone directory and make it sound interesting, but he just can't sing. What makes it worse is that he sounds so damn earnest as well.
* Legendary Hearts: Less arty than Blue Mask, the title track is terrific and Don't Talk To Me About Work is punchy but you get the distinct impression he's trying too hard. There's no edge here, no challenge. It's music as reportage but as with Rock n Roll Heart, even when he's not on target he's never less than interesting.
* Live In Italy: I could never work this one out, what was the purpose of this? Originally a double LP and now on one CD this was only ever released in Europe and was sourced from a couple of nights in Rome and Verona during the Legendary Hearts tour. In a review in Sounds at the time of release, Sandy Robertson and erstwhile VU and Lou fan berated this release and unfortunately the intervening years have done little to change its stature.
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By jomba on 4 Mar 2013
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O que dizer mais de Lou Reed. Sua obra está definitivamente eternizada na história da música do planeta. Este box traz bons momentos desta genialidade.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A number of Reed's classic albums presented in nice sounding masters 28 Oct 2013
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lou Reed-now walking on the other side. You'll be missed buddy.

Five of Lou Reed's later solo albums from the 1980's--his post junkie phase. Reed was a major influence but never quite as successful on the charts as most of the post British Invasion bands or some of his American peers but his material ALWAYS had the power of those of his contemporaries and, often, demonstrated a depth and understanding of those he portrayed in his songs in a way few of his contemporaries could match.

"The Blue Mask" stands as one of Reed's masterpieces featuring 10 stone cold classics. Reed had found renewed vigor after he cleaned up and there's strong emotion evident in each track. The 80's proved to be largely a fruitful time for Reed's muse and for fans.

1. My House - The Blue Mask
2. Women - The Blue Mask
3. Underneath The Bottle - The Blue Mask
4. The Gun - The Blue Mask
5. The Blue Mask - The Blue Mask
6. Average Guy - The Blue Mask
7. The Heroine - The Blue Mask
8. Waves Of Fear - The Blue Mask
9. The Day John Kennedy Died - The Blue Mask
10. Heavenly Arms - The Blue Mask

Many critics and fans were initially disappointed with "Legendary Hearts" but it's nearly the equal of the album that came before. Guitarist Robert Quine and bassist Fernando Saunders were both back from The Blue Mask and both shine giving the music additional bite.

1. Legendary Hearts - Legendary Hearts
2. Don't Talk To Me About Work - Legendary Hearts
3. Make Up Mind - Legendary Hearts
4. Martial Law - Legendary Hearts
5. The Last Shot - Legendary Hearts
6. Turn Out The Light - Legendary Hearts
7. Pow Wow - Legendary Hearts
8. Betrayed - Legendary Hearts
9. Bottoming Out - Legendary Hearts
10. Home Of The Brave - Legendary Hearts
11. Rooftop Garden - Legendary Hearts

The third in a trilogy of studio albums marking Reed's return with both inspired characters, writing and songcraft, "New Sensations" is every bit the equal of "Blue Mask" in my humble opinion. Although Quine wasn't around to play swirling, biting guitar lines on this (Reed plays the guitar for the bulk of the album), Saunders bass lines are still inspired and compliment Reed's often inspired playing.

1. I Love You, Suzanne - New Sensations
2. Endlessly Jealous - New Sensations
3. My Red Joystick - New Sensations
4. Turn To Me - New Sensations
5. New Sensations - New Sensations
6. Doin' The Things That We Want To - New Sensations
7. What Becomes A Legend Most - New Sensations
8. Fly Into The Sun - New Sensations
9. My Friend George - New Sensations
10. High In The City - New Sensations
11. Down At The Arcade - New Sensations

Some Reed fans love "Live in Italy" and there are those that don't care for it. I'm in the former camp for a variety of reasons. Either way Reed was backed once again by one of his best bands--guitarist Robert Quine, bassist Fernando Saunders, and drummer Fred Maher all of whom had worked with Reed on previous releases. They demonstrate a sympathetic vibe that compliments every song Lou sings here. Reed revisits every phase of his career on this terrific live album.

For a long time this album wasn't available except as an import.

1. Sweet Jane - Live In Italy (Live)
2. I'm Waiting For The Man - Live In Italy (Live)
3. Martial Law - Live In Italy (Live)
4. Satellite Of Love - Live In Italy (Live)
5. Kill Your Sons - Live In Italy (Live)
6. Betrayed - Live In Italy (Live)
7. Sally can't Dance - Live In Italy (Live)
8. Waves Of Fear - Live In Italy (Live)
9. Average Guy - Live In Italy (Live)
10. White Light / White Heat - Live In Italy (Live)
11. Some Kinda Love / Sister Ray - Live In Italy (Live)
12. Walk On The Wild Side - Live In Italy (Live)
13. Heroin - Live In Italy (Live)
14. Rock And Roll - Live In Italy (Live)

The last album in this set "Mistrial" is often seen as a failure by most fans of Reed but the material itself is certainly pretty strong. The use of a drum machine and the lack of stronger production does undermine some of the material but "Mistrial" is far from the disaster many Reed fans would have us believe. There's an edge to the material that makes this worthwhile.

Disc: 5
1. Mistrial - Mistrial
2. No Money Down - Mistrial
3. Outside - Mistrial
4. Don't Hurt A Woman - Mistrial
5. Video Violence - Mistrial
6. Spit It Out - Mistrial
7. The Original Wrapper - Mistrial
8. Mama's Got A Lover - Mistrial
9. I Remember You - Mistrial
10. Tell It To Your Heart - Mistrial

The remastering for each of the albums is very good to exceptional.

If you have heard these albums you won't regret picking them up again but, if not, you'll find something of merit in each one of these.
Lou Reed Crassics 18 April 2014
By Hideaki Takehana - Published on Amazon.com
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R.i.p. Lou . I love GREAT his songs! ok?
Live performance is amaging!
I got FIVE album at once,I'm very Happy,you know?
Part 3..... 17 Jan 2013
By Franklin5ive - Published on Amazon.com
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The third Lou collection.....brings you right up to the NewYork album.....all these records are intact and more than faithful to the original vinyl releases.....if you know these records, then why hesitate?.....if you are a LouReed fan, then put it in your cart.....just do it.....
6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wrong listing 2 Dec 2009
By Bo - Published on Amazon.com
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You have the wrong track list and review. You have vol 1 track list and review when this is vol 2. I would purchase this but I'mm afraid I would get the wrong one.
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