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Essential Lou Reed

Lou ReedAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Lou Reed is an American Master, a playwright, a poet, and a photographer whose photos have been exhibited worldwide. His third photography book, Romanticism, will be released in 2009. He is the recipient of the Chevalier Commander of Arts and Letters from the French government and numerous other awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and is a founding member of the ... Read more in Amazon's Lou Reed Store

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: RCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)
2. Sweet Jane
3. Rock 'n' Roll
4. I'm Waiting for the Man
5. White Light/White Heat
6. Street Hassle
7. Berlin
8. Caroline Says II
9. The Kids
10. Walk on the Wild Side
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Wanna Be Black
2. Temporary Thing
3. Shooting Star
4. Legendary Hearts
5. Heroin
6. Coney Island Baby
7. The Last Shot
8. The Bells
9. Perfect Day
10. Sally Can't Dance
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Seven Velvet Underground songs ( Waiting for the Man; White Light/White Heat; Sweet Jane; Rock 'n' Roll; I'll Be Your Mirror; Heroin , and Pale Blue Eyes -some performed by VU, some by Lou) and 24 solo essentials by this enduring hero to punkers and serious songwriters alike! Key solo cuts include Walk on the Wild Side; Perfect Day; Kill Your Sons; Vicious; Street Hassle; Berlin; Dirty Blvd.; Satellite of Love; Caroline Says; Legendary Hearts; Coney Island Baby , and more.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Lou Reed has left us and I'm very saddened; he was one of the best and his music both with The Velvet Underground and as a solo artist proves he was a genius every time. I really like this two CD collection of this music including the incredible "Take a Walk on the Wild Side;" "Vicious;" "White Light/White Heat" from the second studio album by The Velvet Underground; the amazing "Sweet Jane" also written by Lou when he was with The Velvet Underground; "The Bells;" "Satellite of Love" which couldn't have been done any better; "Coney Island Baby;" "Berlin" and so much more that we get here. Honestly, there isn't a single bad track on this two CD set and it's a must-have for any Lou Reed fan or anyone just getting into the artistry of this great genius.

I highly recommend this two CD set of excellent music; Lou Reed was a really talented man and he will be sorely missed. Thank you, Lou Reed!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repackaged NYC Man 2 CD Collection February 9, 2012
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Can only say that the sound on the original compilation NYC Man is very good with nice liner notes.
With so many Lou compilations out there this one originally boasted a mix supervised by Lou. And it sounds bright and fine.
Repackaged and renamed, nonetheless a solid collection covering the original Velvet tracks with latter and mid period favorites, live versions of Kill Your Sons (Live In Italy)and I Wanna Be Black (Take No Prisoners)...
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed. March 2, 1942 - October 27, 2013 October 27, 2013
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There aren't too many figures in America Rock and Roll that have a footprint quite like Lou Reed's. From his start as part of Andy Warhol's factory band to his later status as a sort of NYC Poet Laureate, to even recording and album in cahoots with Metallica (not represented here, though), he is one of the USA's predominant rock icons. Or as he put it on one of his live albums, a Rock and Roll Animal. This "Essentials" set is a repackaging of "NYC Man," but still a great set if you don't already own that older package.

The tracklist is a varied set and covers most of his time with various incarnations and major labels (RCA, Arista and Warners). There are excellent liner notes courtesy of Lou himslef, describing the thought processes behind the songs. The sequencing is a bit odd, as the first song here is from "The Raven" (his adaptations of Edgar Alan Poe) and then ends on disc two with "Transformer's" "Pale Blue Eyes." Reed describes his concept for the sequencing as "the point of view which songs relate to each other in the best fashion." Because of the really sweet remastering job (mostly from 2003), many of the songs, even from the Velvets, slip into the others sounding as contemporary as ever. There's the basic rock of "Dirty Boulevard" to the atmospheric guitar the grinds through "Rocket Minuet," which Reed viewed as worthy of following each other. (Minuet" also featured his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, on violin.) He could make any sound he wanted, and he did, without compromise.

I have my own personal favorites here, especially from the albums "Magic and Loss" and "New York," which in my opinion, were brilliant even if it took a few years for an audience to catch up to them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Lou Reed's works December 8, 2013
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While I prefer Lou's individual albums because the songs are usually structured to tell a story or message as a coherent grouping, for someone who simply wants to enjoy his most well-known pieces (though often taken out of context), this is a good cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great disc June 25, 2014
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These are all studio covers so the quality is perfect. I love this album. The quality is excellent, the price fair, and it arrived promptly--one of my best purchases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great album! April 26, 2014
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This album will not disappoint! I am also very happy with Amazon's customer support. I had the package delivered to my mail box and someone stole it right out of the box. I im'ed customer support letting them know what had happned, and within minutes had free replacement on the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too easy, if you like easy. March 11, 2014
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The whole purchase and play experience very easy. I like easy. Sound, definition, clarity is excellent. No hesitation on future purchases and adding to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good album February 25, 2014
By cas
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A fine selections of his songs. Highly recommend it for any music collection. It has the best of his career.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars One song Worth the price
Not my cup of tea bit Walk On The Wild side is a classic but the others are just too dark for my taste
Published 4 months ago by Keith Statler
5.0 out of 5 stars LOU -classic!
Only one Lou Reed, this compilation is as good a place to start, but there is so much more to his life and music....
Published 6 months ago by Bahoover
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Choice of Songs
I know this is just one of a myriad of Lou Reed compilations but the song (and versions thereof) selections leave too much of his earlier better songs out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TRC
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful
Excellent collection of the best songs from a musical mastermind of rock and roll, good way to get an overview of Lou's work on one disc.
Published 6 months ago by Paul S.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Typical Lou!
It's Typical Lou! If you only want one Lou Reed CD this is it.... Remastering makes it an excellent CD.
Published 7 months ago by Bazerkly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
After you listen to this a few times, you will get a feel for what made Lou Reed an icon. And it is not just Andy Warhol. Reed says a lot; and he says it well.
Published 7 months ago by L. Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like his music
Come on. This is the Essential Lou Reed. If you like his music, but don't have much of selection in your collection, this is a perfect start.
Published 7 months ago by Beau J DeLaMare
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live Lou Reed
smoking collection the packaging is excellent ariived on time its an essential and vibrant covers a career and life of a true new york poet
Published 7 months ago by Felix Roberto
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