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Lou Reed
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2000
This is an "if only" record... If only the Velvets hadn't broken up and had made another record (seven of the ten tracks here started out as Velvets numbers). If only Lou had had a band rather than a collection of session musicians. If only they hadn't messed up the Dolby and given it such a tinny feeling.
As Lou Reed albums go, this one is average. It suffers greatly from the unearthing of earlier versions of many of the songs here which are played as they were meant to be played: by the Velvets.
No real standout tracks, and no turkeys either... it's a nice little album, he says damning it with faint praise.
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on 19 February 2014
much closer to the velvet underground than later solo albums,in fact some songs appeared later on a v.u outtakes album.well worth having
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2008
This album is far superior to Bowies Transformer, the sound is so much rougher and lou doesn't seem to be doing his camp acting bit the thin white duke influenced him to.
The velvets songs sound fresh and the early Berlin is poppy and bright, infact everything is perfect Lou!
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on 25 June 2015
Fair price for this underrated cd.
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on 10 July 2015
classic lou reed
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2013
Lou Reed's solo debut did'nt get the attention it deserved. Several songs hold the promise of the fanatsic albums that followedd this one. If you're a Lou Reed-fan, you need to buy this album.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2015
Wonderful album by a truly great musician. It's difficult to find, so if you like Lou Reed buy it. Don't think twice!
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on 28 January 2015
cool
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 16 May 2008
It's well known, of course, that Lou Reed had stints as a tin pan alley songwriter and putative Greenwich Village folkie type before joining the VU. Whilst 2nd solo album 'Transformer' sounds like a logical step forward from his old band, 'Lou Reed' is like an album that comes from an alternate universe, one where he never joined the Velvets and instead went through the 60s trying to make it as a solo artist: Despite the presence of a handful of reworked VU songs, this album contains none of the lo-fi charm or visceral attack of the Velvets, replacing it with the work of some competent but uninspired session musicians.

The Velvet Underground failed spectacularly on a commercial level, of course, and it's tempting to see this album as Reed going for a long-delayed payday with a more mainstream, commercial sound. Whatever the case, this has remained ever since Lou's least-celebrated '70s album - even 'Metal Machine Music' has been critically rehabilited in some quarters - and I can't really see that changing. One for the hardcore fans and collectors.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 13 August 2006
'Lou Reed', the self titled debut from Lou Reed is a collection of fairly strong songs some of which were written (and performed) during his time in the Velvet Underground.

Unfortunately at this point in time Lou lacked a backing band so a group was arranged to back him on the sessions. Unfortunately they didn't complement his style as well as they may have and this leaves Lou's debut sounding decidedly tentative. The conventional rock sound was a far cry from Lou's Velvet Underground days in addition to there being maybe a few production problems also.

These problems were reinforced all the more when in the eighties many of the Velvet Undergound versions were released officially and proved infinitely superior.

However 'Lou Reed' does contain a number of strong songs which even though their effectiveness may be dimmed slightly, their quality still manages to shine through.
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