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on 13 March 2011
This seemed like a good opportunity to acquire a representative selection of Lou Reeds output, and regardless of any other consideration, it's an inexpensive way to go about it. As much as anything else I made this purchase out of curiosity.
Unlike previous reviewers I'm not a Lou Reed afficionado and know very little about him or his music. There seems to be some confusion here regarding the provenance of the individual albums, since the sleeves supplied suggest recording dates between 1972 and 1976, whereas the previous, seemingly more knowledgeable reviewer mentions the period 1981-1989? To my ears many of these recordings sound a bit empty. Whether this is an artifact of pre-digital recording or not I've no idea, but the productions seem to have a stripped down quality.
Some of the sleeves do mention the supporting musicians, some of whom are both well-known and top-notch muso's in their own right, but other than that, there is no information regarding the recordings and where the materials fit in LR's canon up to that point, so if this sort of thing is important to you, you'd be best buying separate albums. Some of this music sounds spiritually dead, as well as empty and maybe this is a reflection of what was going off at that particular time in LR's life. Having said that, there is some very tasty musicianship which flares up from time to time and both Sally Can't Dance and Coney Island Baby have some pacy rock n' roll moments where the music really takes fire. Something of a mixed bag then, but one containing something for everyone, outside of hardcore LR fans, for whom this is very likely an essential purchase