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5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed - Slightly better than Frampton comes alive!, 28 May 2007
This review is from: Rock n Roll Animal (Audio CD)
The greatest live album ever bar none? Listen to this and you will find that there are not that many concert albums that can better this. Granted most Velvet Underground snobs hate it because of the "rock outs" and the the extended guitar play of Wagner and Hunter. You sense in addition that Reed had been spending much time with David Bowie and some "rock god" influences have rubbed off. Yet "Rock n Animal" demonstrates that Reed was one of the great chameleon's of rock and could turn his hand to just about anything he wanted whether it be the avant garde to heavy metal.

Fully recognising the Velvets groundbreaking heritage and his great work with Nico and Wharhol should not distract from your enjoyment of this monster live album. The band is tighter than a shark with lock jaw, Reed's singing is fantastic and unlike "Take no prisoners" his endless and frankly irritating monologues are absent. The crowd are also well trained with no whooping or howling out of place. Clearly an audience who love the material and add to the occasion. I dare anyone not to marvel at the brilliance of "Sweet Jane" as Hunter and Wagner do an extended jazzy intro to be joined half way through by Lou Reed walking on stage to the crunchiest riff of all time and the audience losing the plot. "Heroin" is stunning and builds to such a crescendo you feel exhausted at the end of it. The best ever version of "Rock n Roll" is also included for good measure. All in all Reed doing what Reed does best, surprising the audience and moving the goalposts.
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Initial post: 13 Jul 2011 01:14:46 BDT
Great review. I agree, it's one of the best live albums of all time and have thought so since I was a kid and used to listen to my older brother's copy.

"Tighter than a shark with lockjaw", heh heh!

Posted on 13 Jul 2011 01:16:05 BDT
Great review. I agree, it's one of the best live albums of all time and have thought so since I was a kid and used to listen to my older brother's copy.

"Tighter than a shark with lockjaw", heh heh!
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