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Produced by David Bowie & Mick Ronson (also handling guitar duties on all songs) 'Transformer' is Lou Reed's 2nd solo album, but the 1st containing new songs (his debut consisted reworks of songs he wrote in his VELVET UNDERGROUND days). 'Walk on the wild side' became a worldwide hit, despite (or because) its lyrics: the single was edited or banned in various countries. 'Transformer' is considered Lou Reed's signature album and includes his most known songs as 'Satellite of Love', 'Vicious' (inspired by Andy Warhol) & 'Perfect Day'. Rumour has it that, though not credited on the album, 'Wagon Wheel' is actually written by David Bowie. 'Transformer' ranks the Top 100 of various 'Greatest Albums of All Time' lists in the U.K. (NME, Q, HMV) and Top 200 from Rolling Stone Magazine.
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Transformer is a type of decadent cabaret comparable to Bowie's Alladin Sane, but it is less bleak and much more colourful and engaging. Reed proved himself to be a master of many styles, from the compelling rock of Walk On The Wild Side through the tender and tuneful pop of Satellite Of Love to the oneiric Perfect Day, a haunting poetic excursion.
Other highlights include the edgy rocker Vicious with its hypnotic melody and sarcastic/ironic lyrics (an attitude that would soon infuse punk and new wave), the quirky New York Telephone Conversation, the energetic Hanging Round and the stately Goodnight Ladies. The songs are highly descriptive of a time, a place and a mindset, and the music is powerful in places and very elegant.
The stylistic variety renders Transformer compelling throughout while not detracting from the cohesion, making it a great piece of musical theatre. Devoted followers would agree that it does not reveal the complete Reed, as he has been so prolific and his oeuvre encompasses a much larger spectrum. But as a document of the middle seventies, it remains superb, an essential album for all serious rock fans.
A big, big recommendation to get this album coming from this reviewer!
Needing a boost after the failure of his patchy 'Lou Reed' debut for RCA Reed agreed to allow Bowie to co-produce with guitarist extraordinaire and current Spider, Mick Ronson (this edition of the CD allows you to see how the team turned Reeds rough masters into polished classics with the addition of the acoustic demo versions of 'Hangin' Round' and 'Perfect Day')and what a meeting of minds it was.
Each of the eleven original tracks is a stunner the stand outs being the Herbie Flowers bass dominated 'Walk On The Wild Side' (the title was stolen from the Nelson Algren's novel but the lyrics were about the Factory Set), Reed is quoted as saying that this song was so edited in the States that only the 'Doo, Doo Doo's were left)), the simply orchestrated and beautiful 'Perfect Day', the chugging mettle that is the angst ridden 'Vicious', the joyful menace that is Hangin' Round' and the fabulously camp 'Satellite Of Love'.
If you already have a copy of this album buy it for the extra tracks, if you don't have it, start your Lou Reed collection here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bowie and Mick Ronson combine to give the over rated Lou Reed a classic sound.Well done them.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
deadpan camp glam trashy 42nd street parade of queens and new york 70s scene. Think its a bit influenced by jean genets our lady of the flowers to me anyway. Read morePublished 24 days ago by zero charisma
Didnt think this album could be still sourced...... have enjoyed it very much as its years since I had the record in my collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tyreman