- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Bmg
- ASIN: B000026F8I
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- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
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Rock n Roll Animal Import
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A lot of what the man said was only fir for the Loo .
But this is one of the greatest rock n roll albums of All time .
Buy it ... or miss out on something on a par with Electric Ladyland & L.A. Woman.
Reed's band, and guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner in particular, create an almost orchestral sound. For example, Sweet Jane features a marvellous instrumental introduction which builds and builds, then culminates in the riff kicking in just as Lou struts out on stage. Rock n Roll is a great closing track, with some stunning guitar work. Lou's in great voice, too.
The original CD seemed to have been mastered through mud, but the new transfer has depth, `bite' and you can hear everything clearly.
A companion LP, Lou Reed Live, was recorded at the same concerts but has yet to see the light of day on CD. It had a nice version of Vicious, but not much else; a pity that wasn't added to this disc, but you can't have everything.
I wouldn't call this a `good time rock n roll record' - how could any album with 'Heroin' on it be considered a `good time' record? - but it really kicks along and still sounds fresh and exciting.
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.
I was fortunate to see Lou Reed, Dick Wagner, Steve Hunter et al perform this album at the Hammersmith Odeon on the promo tour all those years ago and this still stands in my memory as one of the greatest concerts I have ever been to. The man brought the house down that evening in what was truely the pinnacle of his live performances. I subsequently wore out two copies in vinyl over the years.
Thoroughly recommend this album together with part two which is the silver covered 2nd live album.
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