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Raven

Lou ReedAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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listen  5. A Thousand Departed FriendsLou Reed 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. ChangeLou Reed 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The BedLou Reed 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Perfect DayLou Reed (Featuring Antony) 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The RavenLou Reed 6:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. GuiltyLou Reed (Featuring Ornette Coleman) 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Science Of The MindLou Reed 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Hop FrogLou Reed (Featuring David Bowie) 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Tripitena's SpeechLou Reed 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)Lou Reed 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Guardian AngelLou Reed 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (January 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B00007BKGL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's not surprising that Lou Reed finds a kindred spirit in Edgar Allan Poe. The godfather of punk's early ambition was to bring the darker elements of great literature--decay, death, and decadence--to rock & roll. The Raven was born following a spoken-word performance of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" during which Reed "came to understand it in a way I never had before." Accordingly, The Raven may strike Reed's longtime fans in a way the artist never has before. Although dark, the music is stylistically all over the place--from Velvet Underground-like rock instrumentals to actor Steve Buscemi's creepy lounge-lizard take on the anti-showbiz "Broadway Song," to moments that recall such diverse past Reed ventures as Metal Machine Music and the Bells. He even reprises two classics--"Perfect Day" and "The Bed" from Transformer and Berlin, respectively -- in almost unrecognizable forms. Ornette Coleman and David Bowie drop in, and actors read text in which Reed mixes Poe's poems and stories with his own words. The opium references are surely Poe's; the explicit images probably all Reed's. It's hard to tell, though; the blend's that good. --Bill Holdship

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REED IT AND WEEP WITH JOY! January 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Lou Reed may be the most prolific of popular composer-lyricists, exploring and exploiting the underside of man's heart and desires for the nearly 40 years. One of the first to release recordings that were consistently thematically linked (and releasing very nearly an album a year), Lou is one of the father's of modern music --- the first proto-punk whose words and music suggested life was difficult, love was impossible, betrayal was the norm, but, hey, you might as well live. "The Raven," being released in both a single and sprawling double-disc extravaganza, is a tribute/homage/adaptation of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. It was inevitable that one of the most depressive writers of the 19th century should be reinterpreted by one of the most depressive writers of the 20th century, and then released in the beginning of the 21st century. Sure, "The Raven" is a little over the top, but surely you didn't expect reticence and reserve when Reed does Poe. The double CD is set up in a unique way: There are Poe's stories and poems, rewritten and adapted by Reed, and boasting a supporting cast of actors who are astounding: Elizabeth Ashley, Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Amanda Plummer, Fisher Stevens and Kate Volk. But wait! Into the embarrassment of riches is added (among others) Laurie Anderson, David Bowie and Ornette Coleman, among others as guests. "The Raven" is sumptuously produced, and the combination of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries is very heady. One listen is hardly enough for the complexities here; additional listenings only enhance and deepen the experience. "The Raven" may not be for everyone, but for fans of Lou Reed (and Edgar Allan Poe), and for those interested in stretching the boundaries of popular entertainment, it is a must. (Written by staff member Stephen J. Finn.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LOU REED performs POEtry with RAVEN. July 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I won't go into too much detail here, but I will try to shed some light on a few aspects of this disc that are little-known to many others.
First and foremost, this is NOT your typical LOU REED album.
It's not your typical album...period!
What this is, is a tour de force combining the mind and music of LOU REED, his inner demons mingling with those of the writings of like-mind; EDGAR ALLEN POE.
How many times have you encountered a performer who was brave (and cool) enough to include POETRY (spoken verse) and conceptual tracks interspersed with his musical interpretions?
Not very often at all, I can assure you.
This album; RAVEN, was ORIGINALLY performed ON STAGE (in a spectacle of sound and fury) as a PLAY written by LOU REED.
It was conceived in Germany for the THALIA THEATRE and was later brought to the U.S. for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (B.A.M.), where I saw it performed at the Howard Gilman Opera House in December of 2001.
I have been searching for this album ever since.
(It was to be released shortly thereafter...assumidly under the name of POEtry, but obviously it never manifested.)
I can only assume (until I do more research) that there was some contractual problems that prevented a "cast-album", and instead graced us with celebrity voice-overs from the likes of WILLEM DEFOE (SHADOW of the VAMPIRE & SPIDER-MAN) and STEVE BUSCEMI (FARGO, RESEVOIR DOGS & ANY Adam Sandler flick).
I for one, as a POE fan, as well as one who enjoyes REED's darker musical tendancies, will enjoy hearing the haunting melodies once again (nearly 2 years after the live performance)!
Will I listen to this again and again?
To this, the RAVEN could not say; NEVERMORE.
Oh No...the only response is...EVER more!
Enjoy!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Initially I hated this album and was sorely disappointed. After listening to it for three weeks, it has won me over completely. This is Lou Reed in all of his glory and with all of his frequently aggravating excesses. You have to take The Raven as a package: 12 great songs, 6 mediocre songs and 3 fine poetry readings with verses added by Reed.
The album starts off poorly: the instrumental "Overture" may work in concert but is just filler here. The show tune, "Edgar Allen Poe," is a somewhat clever but mostly grating summary of Poe's work set to the tune of "Future Farmers of America." It is fun to hear Reed, with his NY accent, naturally rhyme "Poe" with "Door."
Things then get better. "Call on Me" starts off pretentiously, discussing the "other selves' mournings", but becomes a thing of beauty, transitioning into a stanza of verse read by Laurie Anderson and concluding with her singing the refrain. The instrumental, "A Thousand Departed Friends," sounds not like "Metal Machine Music" as some have suggested, but more like the instrumental conclusion of "What Goes On" on "1969 Live," where musical repetition grows ever so slightly in intensity and tempo and you wish it would never end. An apt tribute to the victims of 9/11.
Reed's stripped down remake of "The Bed" from "Berlin" is perfect: it captures the original's pathos while eschewing its bathos. Speaking of remakes, Reed has a singer name Antony perform "Perfect Day"; Antony's warbly high tenor is almost surreal in its beauty: I've never heard anyone quite like him. When Antony sings background vocals on tracks like "Science of the Mind" and "Guardian Angel," the combination of Reed's voice and his is almost a religious experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool take on Poe. Like only Lou Reed could do it.
Does the 2 disc version have an insert (information)? Just received it from a seller and was disappointed that it did not. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan Riva
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of my fellow Lou Reed fans hate this album
Some of my fellow Lou Reed fans hate this album. I don't think they get it. It's not a "hit generator," it's people reading Poe with some music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Glivic
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated Reed Concept Masterwork
Maybe I am in the minority here, but this is my second fav Lou album behind "Street Hassle." Perhaps it needs a listen in a dark room to appreciate, with a candle lit. Read more
Published 10 months ago by matthewvolt
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou is Lou and Poe is Poe...together they are Loupoe and Loupoe...
A brave endeavor..dramatic and atmospheric...I love Lou and Ed...and this is a grand project...fun to listen to while you are pretending to be driving down hwy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, gash! and gollies! My kind of cd!
Any album that reunites David Bowie and Lou Reed is okay with me. Hop Frog. Any album that has Willem Dafoe doing Poe's the Raven with added extras is okay with me. Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Jerry Dunham
5.0 out of 5 stars "....a dream within a dream...." Lou Reed meets Edgar Allan Poe
This is another concept album from Reed that will not be for everyone, obviously. Another work of ART that was and is misunderstood by many, just like LULU. Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by Keene
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic ^_^
I love Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. This album is now my favourite =]

His version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven", read by Willam Dafoe, is fantastic --... Read more
Published on October 8, 2009 by E. C. Cornforth
5.0 out of 5 stars LEAVE YOUR EXPECTATIONS HOME
"The Raven" is an album so stylistically varied that everyone is going to find something to love and hate about it. Read more
Published on September 20, 2008 by Linda C. Nakhleh
2.0 out of 5 stars One more example of Poe bringing out the worst in someone
There is a constant fascination with Poe. His stories have been constantly adapted and transformed(Usually poorly although once in awhile they get it right), his life story is one... Read more
Published on June 29, 2006 by J. Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars well
i honestly can't say i hate it, because i don't. what brings this album down is lou reed's pretentious persona, for i am sure that had this been a spoken album with the added good... Read more
Published on February 2, 2006 by conney island baby
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