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by Richie Unterberger

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 (5 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0052F5CBA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian Jones on 2 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Part two in which Lou leave RCA and signs up with Arista. As with the first box, the chronology is slightly adrift in that the double set Live: Take No Prisoners came out after Street Hassle. Due to length it's still a double CD so I can see why it's left out, but it's unfortunate because it's a crucial part of this period in which Lou released some of his most challenging and uncompromising work.
Here's the low down:
* Rock n Roll Animal: Left over from the first box and one of the albums non Lou fans tout. Louie pulverises his Transformer and Berlin songs into proto metal. The Sweet Jane intro is sublime and the point where THAT riff comes in is priceless, but the rest of it I can live without. As is common, you get the remaster with a couple more tracks added.
* Rock n Roll Heart: The first LP of the Arista tenure and one that's since fallen between the cracks. Plenty of parping saxophones, some VU left overs - Follow The Leader, Sheltered Life - and a curiously under rated set. It has a jazz groove running through it and is none the worse for it. Not saying you'll play it much, but even when Lou wasn't firing on all cylinders he was still a nose in front of the competition.
* Street Hassle: This is the killer, where Lou really turned up the heat. There's more punk attitude here than in the whole of the young pretenders school of 78 dissertation. You have to hear it to believe it, Lou turns on everyone including himself on the opening Gimmie Some Good Times ("hey, if it ain't the old Rock and Roll Animal himself. What you doin' bro?). Too many stand outs to list, but the title track is mesmerising and features a cameo from Bruce Boss. I Wanna Be Black takes racial awareness to a new level of coarse humour - like an aware Bernard Manning.
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You need to be a Lou Reed fan to buy this (I am). These are not his greatest discs, but only the last track of the Bells disappointed me. The live album (Rock and Roll Animal) is vey good.
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5 album by Lou Reed , including the extanded version of the ultimate rock classic Rock'n'roll animal.It's a pity the Lou Reed Live( from the same concert) is not included. Great value for your money
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By Victor Preston on 29 Oct. 2014
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the fourth 5 cd set with an out of place rock n roll animal
when this should have had live in New York
these are all strong albums including street hassle and the bells
essential for anyone interested in lou reed
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By brian h j cox on 2 Sept. 2014
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a 1st class set of c/ds
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