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listen  1. Waiting For The ManLou Reed & The Velvet Underground 4:36Album Only
listen  2. White Light/White HeatLou Reed & The Velvet Underground 2:47Album Only
listen  3. I Heard Her Call My NameLou Reed & The Velvet Underground 4:37Album Only
listen  4. Pale Blue EyesLou Reed & The Velvet Underground 5:43Album Only
listen  5. Sweet JaneLou Reed & The Velvet Underground 3:18Album Only
listen  6. Rock And RollLou Reed & The Velvet Underground 4:42Album Only
listen  7. HeroinLou Reed & The Velvet Underground 9:48Album Only
listen  8. Femme FataleLou Reed & The Velvet Underground 3:07Album Only
listen  9. Walk on the Wild SideLou Reed 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. BerlinLou Reed 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Temporary ThingLou Reed 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. All Through The NightLou Reed 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. So AloneLou Reed 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Keep AwayLou Reed 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Street HassleLou Reed10:54Album Only

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VKY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Whoever compiled this collection clearly enjoys Lou Reed. Rock 'n' Roll Diary offers a series of snap shots of Lou's career, taking in both the Velvet Underground and 70's solo work with a sensitive mixture of live and studio recordings. The Velvets material samples each of the band's album releases and reflects the different moods and styles they adopted. Listen for yourself when you play the blistering hot 'I Heard Her Call My Name' followed by the poignant 'Pale Blue Eyes.' The choice of 70's solo material is no less representative, ranging from the haunting 'Berlin' to the jazz-inspired 'Temporary Thing' and the magnificent 'Street Hassle.' This album is one of the best compilations of Lou Reed's work of this period available, great for those who have only just discovered Lou and want to know more as well as serving as a retrospective for dedicated fans. For track selection it's probably only beaten by the three-disc set 'Between Thought and Expression.'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jukebox Dave on November 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
LOU REED-ROCK & ROLL DIARY 1967-1980: One of over two dozen LOU REED "best of"s on the market, ROCK & ROLL DIARY may track only a smidgen of his five decade career, but it's as good a place as any to start appreciating New York City's cerebral, provocative godfather of punk. Divided between his stint as leader of the ANDY WARHOL sanctioned, avant garde VELVET UNDERGROUND and his prickly early solo career, REED's best known compositions are on display in all their angst-ridden, exploratory glory. VU's complex street sagas SWEET JANE, ROCK & ROLL and WHITE LIGHT, WHITE HEAT, not to mention the gloomy ballads FEMME FATALE and PALE BLUE EYES have been endlessly tackled by everyone from MOTT THE HOOPLE and DAVID BOWIE to R.E.M and GARBAGE. On his own, WALK ON THE WILD SIDE REED's detached talk-sing vocals and controversial subject matter yielded a surprise Top 20 radio hit whose plotline of transvestites sailed over the heads of many listeners. Even though similarly irreverent solo stabs SALLY CAN'T DANCE and VICIOUS are missing in action, this brief summary spotlights a highly influential, cynical street poet born to expose the seedy underbelly of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

RATING: THREE SHADES
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on February 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I heard Temporary Thing in a movie I was watchting the other day, and it brought back memories of listening to this album in high school when it first came out. The thing is I grew up in the deep south, so Lou Reed was not exactly popular, but one of my friends happened to have this album and we listened to it constantly. I'm no expert on the whole Lou Reed discography and what songs were left out, but this is such a mind-blowing album, I cannot see how anyone could put it down. If you want your mind blown, go buy it. If you want to show your kids how real rock and roll sounds, as opposed to the tripe that is foisted on them by radio, go ahead and give this to them. They might even think you are kind of cool.
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By HLBAUM on August 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Owned it for years but wanted it on CD. Same raw and edgy sound that made Lou a NY son
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MJG on March 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is really an awful "Best of" compilation. Historically, Lou has always had an aversion to his mid-70's persona/music output. Even today, when interviewers try to steer their line of questioning towards the mid-70's, he intentionally shuts down. This CD suffers the same fate.

Nothing from his debut LP, "Lou Reed," nothing from his best-selling LP, "Sally Can't Dance," nothing from the EXCELLENT "Coney Island Baby," only ONE track from both his best known LP, "Transformer," and his masterpiece, "Berlin," and the song he chose on Berlin (the title track) is arguably the WORST on the LP! The "Street Hassle" LP (his "Godfather of Punk" LP) is also ignored, though the LIVE version of that title track (from Take No Prisoners LP) is included.

It is impossible for a single CD of Lou Reed to contain EVERY important track in his catalog, but SO MUCH is missing here, that it is pretty much inexcusable.

If you are looking for anything short of his Box Set, "Between Thought & Expression," then your best bet is to go for "The Wild Side: Best of Lou Reed."
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