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The Little Brother of 'Rock and Roll Animal'
on 27 January 2010
Even though I am a hard core Velvet Underground fan, I wasn't horrified by Reed's Heavy Metal retooling of Velvets classics on the album 'Rock and Roll Animal', which this album is an inferior relation of. Precious, I am not. Musically, of course, it's often exhilarating - the dual guitar line up and tight rhythm section are ruthlessly efficient, plus, you never buy a Lou Reed record expecting to hear great vocals. However, the song list here is taken largely from Reed's solo albums up until that time, which are okay - 'Vicious' is given a thorough work-out, and there's a rocking version of the Velvets' 'Waiting For The Man', but the ten minutes plus of 'Oh Jim' can be hard work when you ain't in the mood. If you can pick it up inexpensively enough, I'd recommend it to anyone who dug 'Rock and Roll Animal', but it is really one for the committed.