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Well worth buying, for the more obscure songs
on 30 December 2009
Lou Reed has made some, shall we say, inconsistent records over the years. But they all contain one, maybe more, almost perfect song. I find it strange that "Perfect Day", the song itself, is so popular when it is not even in my top-twenty Lou Reed songs. Other than missing the fabulous "Bottoming Out", and the paranoid masterpiece - you really must hear it - that is "Waves Of Fear", this collection is a very satisfactory overview of Reed`s work up to the mid 80s, with a lot of the filth taken out. Personal highlights are "Men Of Good Fortune", "How Do You Speak To An Angel", "Real Good Time Together", and "Sad Song".
My only sensible recommendations would be that you trust the people responsible for this release, and don`t buy the albums that some of the these songs were originally from - you don`t need "Sally Can`t Dance" in your collection, any more than you need "Metal Machine Music"! Also, no Reed collection should be without "Street Hassle", which is quite possibly the greatest achievement of Reed`s long and varied career.