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5.0 out of 5 stars If you write as good as you talk, nobody reads you!, 2 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Take No Prisoners - Live (Audio CD)
I love this album. It was something a friend played to me years ago (on vinyl) and that I didn't track down again until recently.

Back then Lou Reed was making hit singles, like Walk on The Wild Side (limited to the length of `hit records', of course) but on this album you will hear a hilarious 14 minute deconstructed version that includes a droll monologue explaining the context, the source of the lyrics and more - all over this fantastic band.

Apparently these New York sets used to go on for hours, but don't think of any kind of monotony (Velvet Underground sound, say) as the band and backup singers produce a wide range of `feel' and sensitive variations, great control of dynamics, as well as head-butting rock when they let rip.

This live set has a theatrical feel, like a cabaret, with Lou talking and joking between and during numbers, dealing with hecklers, etc, so you don't just get songs but a whole performance which puts you right in the live environment. Unlike a lot of `live' albums where bands run through their usual repertoire, then overdub and remix, etc - this has a raw electric atmosphere, the real feel of a live show in a small environment, no stadium rock sound.

I say that because I only ever saw Lou Reed live once, in a roman arena (think Coliseum) in Verona, and although he did a great set, he didn't do a lot of talking between numbers to an Italian audience.

This captures Lou at his very best, in my opinion. I only wish I had been in that audience!
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