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Lou Reed

Lou Reed

1 Jan 1972
4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1972
  • Release Date: 12 May 2003
  • Label: RCA Camden
  • Copyright: (P) 2000 BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 38:26
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  • ASIN: B001J30VM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,725 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Finally, I made the transition from my old album/tape to the CD - digitally remastered it says on the cover - not that that really means anything. A slightly "cleaner" sound perhaps, but not a lot more - half of the appeal of Lou is the slightly rough edge and the occasional distortion and feedback creeping in. However, what prompted me to write, was simply that the liner notes are just so depressing. This IS a GREAT Lou Reed album.
I was 15 I think when this album came out. I'd missed slightly the golden Velvet Underground years being too young too fully appreciate what it all meant at the time. But as such, and coming to it slightly later, I didn't find my musical taste boxed in by fashion or hype. I bought what I liked - and I liked the Velvet Underground, bought all the albums, and at school at the time, few others did; that made it all more meaningful.
As it turns out, with the illumination that hindsight provides, we now know that most of these tracks, if not all of them, were reworks of Velvets numbers. Lisa says surfaced on the 1969 double live album, and most of the remainder has surfaced since. But unless you had been to Velvets concerts at the time, you didn't really know that.
What this album provides is a bridge, and a beautiful one at that between the passing of the Velvet Underground and Lou out on his own. Whilst it could be argued that Lou Reed has never quite achieved the brilliance of the VU years i.e. the sum was far greater than the individual parts, I often feel that the more sensitive side of the VU is often overlooked. Heroin and the heavier material tends to dominate because at the time it was so outrageous, so real and so true. But Reed also turned out Sunday Morning, I'll Be Your Mirror and Pale Blue Eyes to name but a few.
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The version of ocean here is stunning, the VU never did manage to get the rolling wave effect so well, tho I like the VU version too! I think this is superior to "transformer" but it failed on the marketing. Yeah many velvet songs here but same can be said of "transformer" and this is reall a very gentle and dignified record that deserves to be heard more often!
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Well, what can i say? The Velvet Underground are no more and what can a poor Lou do? Record some of the most well written and beautifully crafted songs ever, that's what!
This CD features new songs and tunes that Lou was obviously toying with in the Velvets. Although I can appreciate that the playing on this album could be considered a bit "session-y",there is some suberb interplay between the musicians.Check out "Berlin",and wallow in the sad,loose play-off between guitar and piano, not to mention the fantastic holding of the rhythm section.
The lyrics on this album are absolutely suberb,every song has meaning and emotion,a great songwriter at the height of his ability.
I can get into this album so easily, and can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who needs "a soundtrack of their lives", because, believe me, when you listen to these songs,you will remember the scene you're going through.I hope it's happy, but if not, you'll remember the time with fondness.Godbless.
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Though now thought of as one of the most influential bands ever, it's easy to forget just how little commercial success the Velvet Underground saw before Lou Reed departed.Thus very few people took notice of this, his debut album.The fact that it was badly mastered and produced didn't endear the few who took the plunge.This remastered version pitched to the public 3 decades on is caught in the trap of falling between the heights both before and after that Lou scaled artistically, and in containing songs no longer new to anyone who has bought either V.U., or the 2 disc Velvet Underground Live.

To dismiss this album though would be sheer folly because it contains some pure gems.The cuts brought from the Velvet days, though bearing similar arrangements still shine.Given their evolution how could they fail."I Can't Stand It" rumbles ominously, "Walk And Talk It" struts proudly, "Ocean" is given a fine atmospheric reading, and the " why am i so shy ?" coda in "Lisa Says", must be one of the most sublime moments in music.The new songs are just as good too, "Going Down" is very pretty, the version of " Berlin" is far more affecting than the one on the later album to which it gave it's title, and "Wild Child" is a quintessential Lou Reed song, full of dodgy characters talking " of the rain" and begging for "some spare change".Should not be overlooked.
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The first track is disappointing, mainly because the version of "I Can't Stand It" on the VU album is far superior.
Otherwise an awesome debut solo album, the mix of guitar and piano combines brilliantly, especially on "Berlin", which is a fuller, longer version to the title track of the later "Berlin" album.
Lots of female backing vocals, great catchy songs.
The intro of Walk it and Talk It is very similar to Brown Sugar by the Stones.
Wild Child is one of Reed's best songs.
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This is an "if only" record... If only the Velvets hadn't broken up and had made another record (seven of the ten tracks here started out as Velvets numbers). If only Lou had had a band rather than a collection of session musicians. If only they hadn't messed up the Dolby and given it such a tinny feeling.
As Lou Reed albums go, this one is average. It suffers greatly from the unearthing of earlier versions of many of the songs here which are played as they were meant to be played: by the Velvets.
No real standout tracks, and no turkeys either... it's a nice little album, he says damning it with faint praise.
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