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A SONG TO DIE FOR
on 25 February 2011
I'll keep it short.
While exciting moments crop up intermittently on this platter, the quasi-glam approach at times feels dated and songs like "Oh Jim" come close to plodding (apologies to guitarists extraordinaire Hunter and Wagner).
Having said that, to my ears "Lou Reed Live" has the ultimate, definitive, most compelling version of WALK ON THE WILD SIDE ever recorded. Sultry, tantalizing, a tad frolicking, and in full control, this run-through is pure FOREPLAY in motion. The vocals, in particular, are an uncanny mixture of bravado and flirtatiousness.
Don't worry, the rest will seem passable next to this.