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Transformer [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Lou ReedAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 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 (October 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: RCA / BMG Heritage
  • ASIN: B00006LLOG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vicious
2. Andy's Chest
3. Perfect Day
4. Hangin' 'Round
5. Walk On The Wild Side
6. Make Up
7. Satellite Of Love
8. Wagon Wheel
9. New York Telephone Conversation
10. I'm So Free
11. Goodnight Ladies
12. Hangin' 'Round (Acoustic Demo)
13. Perfect Day (Acoustic Demo)

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This sophomore release by the Velvet Underground cofounder has long been hailed as one of the key touchstones of the punk and alternative eras that followed it. Reinforcing the literary adage to "write what you know," Reed paints an alternately detached/debauched portrait of the drag-and-drugs-infused underground of Warhol's New York, a place, time, and mindset so compelling it has largely overshadowed the rest of the singer-songwriter's mercurial career. That the album would also give Reed an unlikely Top 20 pop hit via the teasing, twisted sexuality of "Walk on the Wild Side" is but one of its deep, rewarding ironies. Indeed, as produced by David Bowie and guitarist and cohort Mick Ronson at the height of their own Ziggy Stardust fame, Reed's songs are cast in a seductive cabaret setting that's more Jacques Brel than Lower East Side. This 30th-anniversary edition features two unreleased acoustic demos ("Hangin' 'Round," "Perfect Day"), a vintage radio spot by announcer and word-jazz cult fave Ken Nordine, and a new illustrated booklet and perceptive essay by Michael Hill. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

This 30th anniversary edition of Lou's tour de force solo album includes two unreleased bonus tracks-acoustic demos of Perfect Day and Hangin' Round -plus all the other great tunes ( Satellite of Love; Walk on the Wild Side ) that made this record such a classic. New notes and photos, too!

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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece ! April 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Lou Reed staring from the cover of this album like Frankenstein in mascara gives us a feeling we are going to be in for a rough ride of the heavy metal kind. Nothing could be further from the truth. The album is probably most famous for the seventies hit "Walk on the Wild Side". However most of the album is unlike that classic rock song. The songs seem like somewhat sweet ballads that lull us almost into complacency until they slap us in the face. One of the great things about this album is how the music is so sweet and somewhat like show tunes and the lyrics are so subtly deviant and oh so clever.

Take for example the song vicious. These days a song called "vicious" would have speed metal guitars. But that would be much too heavy handed for Lou Reed.

Here are a few selected lines from that song.

"You hit me with a flower

You do it every hour

Ohh, baby you're so vicious"

But Lou Reed does not stop there as he brings up the lyric a notch or two a few lines later.

"Hey, why don't you swallow razor blades

You must think I'm some kinda gay blade

But baby, you're so vicious"

In the next song "Andy's Chest" (most likely referring to the scars Warhol received after the attempt on his life) Reed again accompanies his slightly twisted lyrics with sweetly sounding music.

The song begins just like a love song with the line

"If I could be anything in the world that flew"

But is followed by a line that leads us into a type of horror movie

"I would be a bat and come swooping after you"

One of my favorite songs is Perfect Day.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou's glam-rock classic September 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Over these eleven perfectly crafted tracks, Lou showed us various little panoramas of Andy Warhol and The Factory, transvestitism, New York's [homosexual] scene, urban decadence, [narcotics] use and more in a wonderful blend of humour and irony and in a brilliantly diverse musical setting. The guitar-driven hard rock of Hangin' Round and Vicious is balanced by the subdued power of the poetic Perfect Day and the imaginative arrangements of Walk On The Wild side and Goodnight Ladies. Transformer is a literate, intelligent and enduring statement of an era and is one of the few albums of the glam-rock movement that has survived with its artistic integrity intact and that still has something to say today. David Bowie and Mick Ronson produced it with all the expertise they lent to the Ziggy Stardust album. But its varied styles, broader subject matter and feel of personal experience make it a better album than Ziggy Stardust. Unlike on most of Reed's other albums, there is great melodic variety too, and classic pop like the poignant Satellite of Love which by the way, is beautifully covered by Eurythmics on their Sweet Dreams video. It ought to have been as great a hit as Walk On The Wide Side! This most accessible album of Reed's was a deserved commercial success and spawned a million dreams.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent With Few Shortcomings October 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
A wonderfully bizarre and entertaining album, TRANSFORMER features many of the qualities that make Lou Reed such a unique figure in rock. Like his work with the underrated Velvet Underground, this album is quirky, unpredictable, and awfully clever. "Vicious" offers a perfect intro to a fun and wacky endeavor. Regardless of how one feels about Reed's music (or his notorious extracurricular activities), he is never dull or derivative. Of course, the fifth track, "Walk on the Wild Side," became the biggest song of his career, including his work with the VU. Though "Wild Side" is a classic about the seamier side of New York City, it is probably not even the best song on the album. That honor may likely go to the third track, "Perfect Day," a haunting, dream-like tune that foreshadows the sorrow that would characterize Reed's subsequent BERLIN, one of the most thoroughly miserable albums of all time (though not bad, actually). Though the music is pretty strong throughout, the second half of TRANSFORMER pales in comparison to the first. "Satellite of Love," perhaps the second most famous song from this record, is a little overrated, but memorable nonetheless. "Goodnight Ladies" provides a nearly flawless ending to an extremely impressive effort. The key ingredient in the mix may be Reed's tremendous sense of humor which shows up in various ways in most of the numbers. Unfortunately, it is this essential Reed characteristic that is sadly missing on BERLIN, which pales in comparison to this triumphant accomplishment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A satellite of.... yeah, love.... June 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
THE Lou Reed album (though 'Berlin' is just as good), 'Transformer' is simply the closest any album comes to Bowies 'Ziggy', and I encourage anyone, who has just fallen in love with that Bowie-album, to proceed straight on to 'Transformer', even before exploring the rest of Bowie's catalogue.

On the other hand, Lou Reed DOESN'T betray his own muse by jumping on the glam rock-wagon, cos' this is simply a great album, imbued precisely with that energy field known as pure rock'n'roll, that Lou has always worshipped.

'Vicious' may be his best rocksong, and is certainly the track on the album, you'll enjoy the most. It is vain, glorious, playful and absolutely stunning.

'Andy's Chest' offers a somewhat weird, romantic song in just the same vein, another classic. 'Perfect Day' is even more melancholic, pure doomed romance, and precisely the kind of song, which would later inhabit 'Berlin' with feelings.

'Hangin' 'Round' returns us to straight-ahead rock'n'roll. It's a fun & blistering rock song, with a lyric both haunting and hilariously funny. It is followed by the transatlantic Top 20 hit, 'Walk On The Wild Side'.

Some say this song has aged, well, they're wrong. It is a mysteriously, romantic, harrowing epic about the residents of the N.Y. streets.

'Make Up' may be very commecial, it may also be very weird, but there's no denying, that it is funny in its crass commerciality, and that it actually is a very good song.

'Satellite of Love' is another classic, stranded somewhere between 'Walk...' and 'Perfect...' on the mood-scale. Bowie in the background is amazing, while Lou himself beats even that, and the song just perfects the album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Hands down my favorite lou reed album
Published 3 days ago by Jeramy Ewalt
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best records ever.
One of the best records ever.
Published 3 days ago by Photographer Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another classic no one should be without!
Published 27 days ago by Ron Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and weird
Lou inhabited a weird, dark and magical world and his commentary on life from inside the freaky fishbowl is priceless!
Published 1 month ago by Scott Mccrate
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Those 'Perfect' Albums.
Lou Reed's landmark 1972 release "Transformer" (co-produced with David Bowie) is simply one of the finest rock and roll albums, and along with Bowie's seminal work at the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Nasti
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 1 month ago by Juan M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Album
Every song in this set is strong and it truly shows the best of this late, great artist. This is a must have for anyone looking to add to their rock collection.
Published 2 months ago by JohnnyK4372
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformer by Lou Reed Rocks!!
I love Transformer by Lou Reed!! It's a Excellent Album & good listening pleasure. Good price too. Thank you! A+++
Published 2 months ago by Relah State
5.0 out of 5 stars The Underground Transformed
The first time I listened to this album, my dad has this on cassette and used to listen to this record when he was at Harvard University. I couldn't believe how awesome this was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Connie Solis
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great album!
One of those great albums you know most of the songs to, but don't listen to through and though, because of the MP3 world.
All great songs, event better as an album!
Published 3 months ago by N.M.Smith
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