One of the best live recordings by Lou Reed,
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This review is from: ANIMAL SERENADE (Audio CD)
Who would have thought that tracks from Berlin actually could make for enjoyable listening? Without the bombastic overdubs of the 1973 version (or of the 2006 film by Julian Schnabel), How Do You Think It Feels, Men Of Good Fortune and The Bed become a sheer treat for the ear: Lou's voice never has sounded so simultaneaously sensuous and world weary, the cello works wonders and the rest of the first CD ranks among the most moving listening experiences one could ever hope for. As for the track listing, it's faultless: Ecstasy ands Street Hassle rank among the best examples of Lou's somewhat disturbing poetry, the latter adding a healthy dose of sick humour (yes, that's a contadiction in terms, but were's talking about Lou Reed, aren't we?). So, all in all, an essential buy, almost as great as the peerless 1969 Live Velvet Underground double LP.