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Street Hassle Import

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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 (22 Oct. 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg/Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VL2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The lilting rocker Gimme Some Good Times opens the album with a series of sarcastic comments and a compelling melody line that becomes ever more gripping as Lou wails out the poetry of cynicism and despair, equating pleasure and pain, in his most world-weary voice ever. The mood becomes even darker on Dirt, where the acerbic lyrics incorporate snatches of the song I Fought The Law by Bobby Fuller, before it is given a humorous twist by the girl choir chanting "Sweet, sweet, uptown dirt" in a typical Motown way, all of this over the band's loose and intentionally messy playing.

These brilliant tracks are followed by the masterpiece of a title track, a movement in three parts sketching a tragic situation and its resultant emotions in some of Reed's most poetic lyrics. Part one: Waltzing Matilda introduces the girl meets boy scenario in Reed's monotone over ominous cello. This is followed by a moment of silence and then Genya Ravan's ghostly chant of impending doom gives way to Reed the observer of an erotic encounter, a drug death and the complications arising from it.

Most chilling is the brutal & indifferent attitude of the host when confronted by the death on his property; this second part ends in Bruce Springsteen's melancholy monologue where he twists his own famous lyric to "Tramps like us, we were born to pay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaleC on 29 April 2014
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Along with New York, Berlin, Transformer, and Tales of Magic & Loss (plus his ground breaking work with the VU)nth is album sums up his deep love of rock & roll as a medium of dissecting and reflecting upon modern urban life, with a semi detached, wryly amused, cynical & existentialist, world weary eye and that weathered, damaged but quite movingly beautiful voice. The title track is simply, incredibly wonderful. Buy this - you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on 31 Jan. 2014
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Another great Lou Reed album. I used to have this on vinyl but lost it along the way. Now I have it on cd I can play it anywhere. Just listen to the title track - Street Hassle and be astounded. When he died the world lost a great musician & song writer. I have a small collection of Lou Reed cd's and this is one of my favourites.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Light on 9 Mar. 2009
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Over the years Lou Reed has been a bit hit and miss but I believe that this is best Lp along with Transformer. Of course, David Bowie produced Transformer (and in many ways its as much his album as Reed's) but Street Hassle has Lou all over it and appears to reflect accurately his persona at that time during the 70's. Really if you buy this and Transformer and a best of the Velvet Underground then that is probably enough.

Street Hassle captures Reed he was at his most interesting lyrically with the lyrical highlights being Dirt, Street Hassle and I Wanna Be Black. He can tell a great story, be thoroughly sarcastic and funny all within one song.

You know, I like albums that hang together by which I mean albums that sound as though they were made during one sitting which is how Street Hassle sounds. Its as if the guys had a had a few drinks (or something else) in a warm bar and had spoken about this and that, and him and her, and who was annoying them that day before picking up their instruments and starting to play. That isn't how it happened of course but that's how it feels.

The title track is Lou Reed at his sleaziest best (although its always a big mistake to think the man is being autobiographical) but really is no better than the other tracks which have very intelligent and descriptive lyrics Musically the record has a loose, funky feel. Its kind of laid back but the lyrics are sharp enough to cut your cheek open.

By todays standards the album is pretty short and all the better for that. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carlo Matthews on 3 Nov. 2010
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Both swaggering and glib, Street Hassle finds Reed hitting the peak of his shady career as a poseur and gutter songwriter. Over a rambunctious and inebriating, messy performance, Reed and band recreate an atmosphere of uncertainty tainted by dark humor and acid wit. Every song here is driven by Reed's sardonic takes on life and a rough jazz/rock blend that sounds positively filthy and catchy, every hook struggling to surface through a mire of bass, droning guitar, and saxes. Street Hassle reeks of the rot of New York and sounds like a massive waste spill that is both freightening and alluring. Whereas previous albums tried to capture Reed's musical persona by means of glitter productions, Street Hassle ironically displays his sophistication in an ugly, swirling fusion that is more spontaneous and improvisational than anything he's done. Your definition of beauty will never be the same after this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Shillam on 17 Jan. 2014
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RIP Lou, All my love forever. A truly wonderful man, an absolute genius, and this album while no Berlin, my personal favourite, is still better than just about anything else you might ever hear.
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