on 17 July 2001
It's a pity this recording as a CD is not more widely available : it's a superb and varied collection of Reed's material with some interesting, bold and creative choices. Some may question why, for example, Perfect Day's been left off - but the inclusion of the beautifully simple 'I love you', 'Coney Island Baby' and 'Sally can't Dance' soon earn the compilers our forgiveness. If you want to fully appreciate the depths of this man's talents & versatility, then definitely give it a try. It's the best compilation out there.
This is a good starting point for anyone wishing to investigate Lou Reed's career. It includes his early hit Walk On The Wild Side plus mesmerizing versions of Sweet Jane and White Light/White Heat and the tracks come from albums as diverse as Berlin, Transformer, Sally Can't Dance and Coney Island Baby. It's a great selection of songs, my favourites being Satellite Of Love (why wasn't this one a huge hit single?), the campy New York Telephone Conversation and the aforementioned. Melodic, acidic and original, this is the very best of early Lou Reed.
This is one of the first 'Best of' Lou Reed compilations that came out, which I used to own on vinyl. it is a superb compilation pulling together some of the best of his solo material from the seventies and is therefore a good place to start if you are new to his work.
HOWEVER, since then there have been bigger and more detailed compilations which cover a greater period in his career - 'NYC Man' is a good bet to start with.
on 2 November 2013
Normally in the busy machinations of the Music Industrey there is another singer/ musician ready to take over once the original has passed on, retired etc.
I think, without fear of contradiction that cannot be said re: Lou Reed.
An enormous influence on modern music , without doubt this look at his retro product proves that & much more.
So, Mr Reed thankQ 4 your music,enjoy your final Walk on the Wildside