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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Quine and the Masters of the Universe
Unlike what the other reviewers inaccurately claim, this is not 1990s Lou Reed embraced by the general public and plodding out his greatest hits. This is 1980s Lou Reed with his best co-guitarist since Sterling Morrison.
Robert "Rampage" Quine is the best guitarist no one ever heard of (and I do mean "ever") and this live set is proof-positive of his technical...
Published on 1 July 2011 by Elliot Tomlinson

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3.0 out of 5 stars WELL>
I heard that this was a pretty solid good live lp from Lou, but was very dissapointed to hear a load of rather mediocre sounding renditions of the classic songs on here. With the exception of Heroin (which has very raw and emotive vocals from Lou) most of these songs sound plodding and passionless. Satellite of Love is turned into a bland ballad and Sister Ray has all the...
Published on 3 April 2003 by Paul S. Whiston


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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Quine and the Masters of the Universe, 1 July 2011
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Elliot Tomlinson "humorbot5" (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live in Italy (Audio CD)
Unlike what the other reviewers inaccurately claim, this is not 1990s Lou Reed embraced by the general public and plodding out his greatest hits. This is 1980s Lou Reed with his best co-guitarist since Sterling Morrison.
Robert "Rampage" Quine is the best guitarist no one ever heard of (and I do mean "ever") and this live set is proof-positive of his technical prowess, raw power and intellectual-punk mastery of the electric guitar. This being one of the album-length contributions by the late, great Quine, is almost reason enough to purchase this live album.
(I say "album-length" because much of his stuff involves contributing to the odd track on albums like Tom "Rampage" Waits' "Rain Dogs")

Of course, Robert Quine is not the main attraction on this live album. It was not "The Robert Quine Experience", "Robbie Quine and the Diapers" or "Quine Inch Quails". Nor was it even "Robert Quine presents Lou Reed", "Lou Reed, featuring Robert Quine" or Reed/Quine: ITALY". (Though if the record company is reading, may I suggest re-releasing this with the songs like New Age and Women that were on the DVD under the title "Robbie Quine and the Diapers"?)

ANYWAY, Lou Reed.
Lou "Rampage" Reed has never been much for doing stuff the same way over and over and over again forever. Which is why "Waiting for the Man" bears little similarity to the Velvet Underground version we all know and love. If you were hoping for duplications of the Studio Tracks you're out of luck when it comes to most of the songs on this live album. The exceptions being the more recent tracks like "Martial Law", "Waves of Fear"... etc.
And of course "Heroin" which never ever changes. Ever.
Like, I was trying to sing along with the songs whilst driving my automobile, but failed miserably cos Lou kept singing stuff funny.
Then some girls in a car nearby started laughing at me and now I can't maintain an erection.

As for the set list, well... It's got Robert Quine and it's got Lou Reed so who cares?
That said, Sister Ray and Martial Law are highlights and (as far as Lou Reed solo goes) a rare occurrence on Lou Reed sets/live albums.

The cons, I guess are the fact that Sister Ray wasn't longer, they didn't play The Blue Mask (song or entire album... either would've been welcome) and (more seriously) as an ex-bootleg the production isn't as good as a lot of live albums... Not that it sounds bad or anything, it's clearly professionally recorded, it just doesn't sound remastered.

Anyway, if you're still not sure (I wouldn't trust me either) enter "Lou Reed with Robert Quine" into youtube, check out some tunes and begin obsessing over the one true heir to punk-guitar-king James "Rampage" Williamson.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WELL>, 3 April 2003
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Paul S. Whiston "Diga" (Lunacuem) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live in Italy (Audio CD)
I heard that this was a pretty solid good live lp from Lou, but was very dissapointed to hear a load of rather mediocre sounding renditions of the classic songs on here. With the exception of Heroin (which has very raw and emotive vocals from Lou) most of these songs sound plodding and passionless. Satellite of Love is turned into a bland ballad and Sister Ray has all the vitality knocked out of it. So Buy Rock N Roll Animal, or even better Perfect Night if you want a really superb Live Lou Reed show...
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3.0 out of 5 stars WELL>, 3 April 2003
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Paul S. Whiston "Diga" (Lunacuem) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live in Italy (Audio CD)
I heard that this was a pretty solid good live lp from Lou, but was very dissapointed to hear a load of rather mediocre sounding renditions of the classic songs on here. With the exception of Heroin (which has very raw and emotive vocals from Lou) most of these songs sound plodding and passionless. Satellite of Love is turned into a bland ballad and Sister Ray has all the vitality knocked out of it. So Buy Rock N Roll Animal, or even better Perfect Night if you want a really superb Live Lou Reed show...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Standard Lou Reed Live material, 21 Oct 2002
This review is from: Live in Italy (Audio CD)
Lou has released a huge number of live albums over the years. This is one of the less memorable ones. It is Lou Reed in his early 1990s rediscovered star mega concert stage and it offers nothing new here.
It is recorded much like Paul Simon's Concert in the Park album with lots of crowd cheering and with a "standing 60 rows" back sound feel. For the completist rather than the new listener.
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