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4.7 out of 5 stars
New York
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on 22 November 2017
"Transformer" is okay, perhaps most interesting because of its Bowie / Ronson involvement. "Berlin" is better but very "dark" for many people's taste. But "New York" is surely Lou Reed's best album. High energy, great songs. Highly recommended.
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on 6 November 2013
At the time of its release New York was considered Lou Reeds best album for a while. I was too tight to buy bit outright so all these years I have had a copied cassette version minus the last two tracks!
It's been played a hundred times and to me it still sounds as fresh as ever, great songs performed by a tight little combo and as Lou says on the sleeve notes this record should be played in its entirety in one session as if you would, say watch a movie.
"The last great American whale" is my fave track. "stick a fork in its ass, turn it over and its done" ---love it.
Inconsistent output from Lou has dogged his career, one step forward two steps back ,witness Metal Machine Music, for whatever reason his fans did not deserve that.
New York is my lasting memory of Lou Reed, a true giant of the rock genre we all love.
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on 4 May 2013
I had this on vinyl back in the day. I was in Germany recently and heard it played in a cool pub, came home and bought it straight away. Of course the references are somewhat dated but the raw power and honesty of the performances of both Reed and Rathke and the rest are top class. In my opinion, an out and out classic and a statement of what was to come to pass in the whole world, not just in NY. Real rock 'n' roll! Kids today will be surprised and even shocked at some of the lyrical content as stuff like this kust isn't out there, perhaps in metal and trash metal but the lyrics in those genres are indecipherable and the genres are too narrow to make a difference to the ordinary punter....A must for any Reed fan, a must for any rock and roll fan! Eugene Brosnan.
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on 25 March 2017
This album has aged well. I recently got a copy, having owned it on vinyl all those years ago. The production is crisp and unfussy and Lou sings great on every track. This is a very strong collection of songs, with no weak tracks spoiling the flow. Love it.
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on 22 September 2010
The genre of LP as graphic novel is superbly realised in this recording. The songs are poignant and colourful. The portrait of New York at a moment in time is crystal clear - ugly, beautiful, bolshy, aggressive. But for me the best thing on hearing it all again after a leave of absence, is the superb playing and the disarmingly unfussy recording. Just some guys with guitars paying their fingers off. Hugely recommended to anyone who ever visited New York, enjoyed a Lou Reed song or played a guitar. So nearly everyone.
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on 16 June 2017
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on 5 February 2018
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on 26 March 2018
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on 30 September 2012
Far less singing, far more spoken word, but considering Reed's age when this album was produced, it's better this way.
Guitars on Romeo Had Juliette are outstanding, the rhythm, lyrics and melody of Hallowe'en Parade is memorable, but best of all is Dirty Boulevard. Strikingly blunt lyrics, repetitive and ridiculously catchy guitar all built around 3 chords.
Really like all the other songs on the album, no duds at all. Endless Cycle, There is No Time, Good Evening Mr Waldheim, and Last Great American Whale are among my other favourites.
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on 29 August 2017
All very perfect
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