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Lou Reed Import, Original recording remastered

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First time on CD for his 1972 solo debut. Remastered from the original tapes. New photos and extensive sleeve notes. Tracks include 'I Can't Stand It', 'Lisa Says' and 'Ocean'. 2000 release. Standard jewelcase housed in a deluxe slipcase.
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  • Audio CD (August 26, 1993)
  • Remastered ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony UK
  • ASIN: B00004LCBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Lou's first solo album resembles the Velvet Underground more than any of his other solo releases. Of course the fact that a good chunk of the songs were written while he was still in the band explains why. It's two guitar, bass and drum sound is subdued, but it definitely fits the mood of the songs. The songs themselves are all great, although you can't help wondering if this would've been a five star album if recorded by the Velvets. This album usually gets the short shrift by critics, but I'd rank it as one of his best, along with Berlin and Transformer. 'I Can't Stand It' and 'Lisa Says' (both of which the VU also recorded) are tops.
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I've been listening to Lou Reed for over a decade. In that time, I've come across dozens of scathing reviews of his debut solo release. However, I LOVE THIS RECORD. In fact, I'm trading in my old copy for a brand new remastered edition and I can't wait for its arrival. The album is largely made up of Velvets leftovers. Some detractors insist that the versions here are inferior to subsequently available VU versions, but to me they're highly listenable. This man's career is one of the most fascinating of the entire rock genre, and this album serves as an appropriate and rewarding introduction.
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A criminally forgotten collection by lou, yes these are leftovers from the VU days, but also a taste of the future for Lou...I wish Lou would have written more surreal rhymes like "Wild Child" it would have made this album classic. The sound on this album is thanks to the tight New York band Lou had. Sure the versions of Ocean and Lisa Says are not the essential ones, but this is still an essential album to have (check out the background soul singers in "I Can't Stand it")
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As we look back on Lou Reed's first solo album, it's viewed more as a historical curiosity than as a powerhouse of artistic expression. In fact, it's difficult to listen to it without casting your mind on the past and what would become the future; there are hints of both. Yet to listen to it outside of the context it exists within, it passes as an interesting -- if not mind-blowing -- collection of music. It's not Reed's best album, but it does contain some of my favorite individual tracks from his career.

Lou Reed had quit the legendary The Velvet Underground, gone into exile, and then risen from self-imposed ashes in order to create his first solo album (the liner notes contain a much more informative timeline). Despite his time away from the Velvets, a lot of the songs on here are leftovers from his former band (many demos of these tracks can be heard on the "Fully Loaded" double-CD release of The Velvet Underground's final album, LOADED). This may account for the slightly incoherent feeling to the record. The Velvets had a very distinct sound, and many of the songs written during that time period sound odd when performed by people who were not a part of that group (one might say, artists who were more musically proficient, but less enthusiastic). You sort of need, for example, Mo Tucker's unique drum beatings in the background for some of these songs to sound right.

This isn't to say that there isn't some fine material on here. "Lisa Says", "I Love You" and "Wild Child" have turned up on a number of Lou Reed's multiple Best Hits collections in the years since their initial release, and with very good reason. "Berlin" is not only a good song, but would inspire Reed to create an entire (fantastic) album based upon the themes he only briefly touches.
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Most critics completely reject this album as crap, but I implore you to decide for yourself. When Lou quit the Velvet Underground he was trying to move towards a more commercial, popular sound. This LP is his awkward, yet somewhat rewarding attempt at mainstream recognition.

Using session-musicians that played overly technical (as opposed to the simplicity of the VU), Lou gave a decent stab at some of the songs he wrote for the VU. Gone are the grimy, picturesque songs of the New York night, and "IN" are poppy, sunshine-y love songs. Songs like "Ocean" come off sounding synthetic and fake when compared to the VU versions, but I really think that you should give this LP a try. It is FAR from his worst LP. Actually, I'd say it is easily on par with much of his 70's output, and FAR better than most of his 80's stuff.
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I worked in FM rock radio when this came out and I have never understood those that trash this album. As his debut solo record it is the bridge between VU and his soon-to-unfold-solo career. How anyone who proclaims themselves to BE a Lou Reed fan can find much fault with this album truly is beyond me. It offers everything we love about Lou's work. It rocks, it bites,you get Lou's POV and it looks deep inside. Long overdue to have been released on CD. Time for the haters to revisit this one. Lou thanks & RIP...
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This is a great album regardless of what the critics and even Lou himself say. It could have been the next VU record, had Lou stayed with the band. It is very '70's in sound and feel, with great musicianship all around. Most definitely, it is a precursor of the greatness to come, but with a sense of musicality and optimism that is sorely missing from Lou's work in the latter part of his career. If you dig "Transformer", "Sally Can't Dance" and "Coney Island Baby," then you will most certainly dig "Lou Reed." Highly recommended, and it's a damn shame that this album has been ignored for so long. Remastered sound is first rate, too. Buy it and enjoy!
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