This collection draws on albums like Transformer, Sally Can't Dance, Berlin and Coney Island Baby and includes some of Reed's most memorable songs from the 1970s. Perfect Day is such an evocative, poetic classic, whilst Satellite Of Love is a masterpiece of yearning with a beautiful melody. Caroline Says and Sad Song are beautiful pieces of heartbreak from the bleak Berlin album, whilst Sweet Jane has lost none of its driving force. Kill Your Sons is a brooding, ominous number from Sally Can't Dance. Instead of the title track, Billy would have been a better choice in my opinion. Anther unfortunate omission is The Kids from Berlin. The music shows Reed at his most aggressive in the driving rock of Sweet Jane and at his most gentle in ballads like Perfect Day and Coney Island Baby. This collection is a great introduction to the genius of Lou Reed, following on from his beginnings in the Velvet Underground. A complete look at his work in the 1970s would of course have to take account of the Arista albums too. But Different Times is certainly a great collection and a good starting point for those wishing to investigate this poetic genius of rock. Reed is a true original.
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