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AnsleyL

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LOU REED -- Worst to Best albums
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:47:33 AM »
22.   Lulu (with Metallica)
21.   Metal Machine Music
20.   Hudson River Wind Meditations
19.   Rock and Roll Heart
18.   Growing Up in Public
17.   Ecstasy
16.   The Raven
15.   Magic and Loss
14.   Mistrial
13.   Lou Reed
12.   The Bells
11.   Sally Can't Dance
10.   Legendary Hearts
9.   Songs for Drella (with John Cale)
8.   Berlin
7.   New Sensations
6.   Set the Twilight Reeling   
5.   New York
4.   Coney Island Baby
3.   The Blue Mask
2.     Street Hassle
1.   Transformer
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Richard E

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Re: LOU REED -- Worst to Best albums
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019, 01:39:11 PM »
Blonde Lou is the best Lou

Here is an hour live in Paris from the Sally Can't Dance tour (the video is mislabeled)

This video is probably the music I have listened to the most in the last five years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dF8oifgZ6E

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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2019, 01:43:58 PM »
One of my all time favorite concerts of all time of any artist... is this one from 1984

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOoXjYppyMM&t=1808s

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2019, 11:32:25 AM »
moving this over here since it is not about drummers

I've read Edie maybe 50 times over the course of my life since I was a kid.. one of my favorite books of all time..

Love that 74 performance

havent read the bio.. you recommend?

I would say it's valuable because it's old enough of a book to have captured many of the folks that were there at the time.

My impression right after finishing it -
Transformer by Victor Bockris
The first three-quarters is pretty bitchy, psychoanalyzing and calling Lou Reed every name in the book, while giving plenty of detail but also some clearly guessed-at stuff from his earliest days to about 1980. Billy Name, Gerard Malanga, lots on John Cale, what you would expect; the author doesn't manage to track down Reed's girlfriend Rachel to get any quotes about their time together, which Lou later basically disavowed. The copy I read was the revised edition, so the final quarter is almost the opposite, all about how the VU is so revered and all the money Lou made around the time of the New York album onwards. No chance I will seek out an early edition without the added revisions. Bockris has written a lot about the Velvets so I guess this is 'essential' but I rarely read about rock history so not sure how this compares with others. It's over 400pp! B-


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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2019, 11:33:18 AM »
much more enjoyable than the Bockris bio is
the book on Transformer in the 33-1/3 series
https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/lou-reeds-transformer-9781501323065/

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2019, 11:39:01 AM »
Rachel was the transgender ?


much more enjoyable than the Bockris bio is
the book on Transformer in the 33-1/3 series
https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/lou-reeds-transformer-9781501323065/

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2019, 11:42:27 AM »
Lulu has "Junior Dad." That ranks it MUCH higher than you have it.

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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2019, 02:29:48 PM »
Rachel was the transgender? 

1975's Coney Island Baby was dedicated to Reed's then-partner Rachel, a transgender woman Reed dated and lived with for three years. Rachel also appears in the photos on the cover of Reed's 1977 "best of" album, Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed.

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/5-things-we-learned-from-the-new-lou-reed-biography/

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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2019, 05:02:29 PM »
Always felt there was a huge quality drop off between the Velvets and Louís solo discography, not that itís all bad, just never enough to really pull me in. I owe The Blue Mask another listen for sure. Iíve always found John Caleís solo work richer and more varied, but he doesnít have 10% of the street cred.,for whatever reason.

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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2019, 05:50:53 PM »
Transformer, street hassle, Coney Island baby and blue mask are classics