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Metal Machine Music Limited Edition

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The jury's still out on whether Lou meant to intrigue, baffle or enrage his fans-and his label-with this infamous 1975 LP, a vortex of wordless white noise and feedback. It has its critics, but it has its devotees, too-including producer Steve Albini, Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo and many journalists-who cite it as the album that begat punk. This reissue features cool metallic-looking packaging, new liners and Lou's original liners!
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  • Audio CD (September 3, 2007)
  • Ltd DLX ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: September 3, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004VXF2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David A. Bede on October 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The stories you've probably already heard about this album are true: it is indeed an hour's worth of pure feedback. Which is not to say it's monotonous - there are plenty of twists and turns in the noise, however accidental they may be - but it's not for everybody. I, for one, don't buy into the idea that it's any kind of grand artistic statement; and no, there aren't really any classical-style trills amidst the noise. I believe Lou Reed himself has admitted at some point that there aren't.
What, then, does this innovative and bizarre recording have to recommend it? Believe it or not, it does hold one's attention surprisingly well as the sound effects from Reed's two guitars bounce off one another, rise and fall, and produce the occasional and accidental rhythm. The sheer grating quality of the "music" is also surprisingly cleansing, and even useful as background noise for concentrating on reading in a distracting situation. (This was pointed out to me by my girlfriend, who likes studying along to the disc.) The finale also is unexpectedly climactic, building up an hour's worth of tension in a rhythmic series of pops until as suddenly as it started, it's over. (This is accidental, as Reed's original idea for the end of the vinyl LP was quite different, as is explained in the CD's fascinating liner notes. But it's a worthy part of the recording all the same)
Undeniably, there is an emperor's-new-clothes aspect to this album, and I admit to being as mystified as anyone as to why Reed risked his career for it. But if you have any interest in the avant-garde of rock and roll or you just like topsy-turvy noise, this is the right album.
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Format: Audio CD
"Metal Machine Music" is probably Lou Reed's most talked-about and legendary album. It's legendary because of the story behind it. This is Lou Reed giving his musical middle finger to his record label, his management and the entire music business in general. It's absolutely hilarious, annoying and entertaining all at the same time.
The album consists of nothing but endless drones and shreiks of guitar feedback piled on top of each other. AND it goes on for 64-minutes straight. The music doesn't get any quieter or louder as it goes on. It slams you in the face right at the beginning and stays there for its entire duration. Believe it or not, this album can serve as some excellent background music when played at a lower volume. When played at a higher volume, it's an excellent tool for getting that certain person you can't stand to leave the room instantly. It also serves as THE perfect substitute for alcohol and drugs when you're depressed. I know this from experience. I played my original LP of "Metal Machine Music" daily in the months that followed my Mom's passing. Trust me, it works!!
The newly remastered version of this album includes the original artwork and liner notes plus an excellent historical essay which gives the full details on how this album came to be. Even if you don't like the music, it's worth buying for the essay.
"Metal Machine Music" has also gained noteriety for being possibly the first 'industrial music' album. Many artists in the industrial and harder-techno field have cited this album as an influence. Like it or not, "Metal Machine Music" was ahead of its time and despite the effort behind it, has turned into a major work-of-art.
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By A Customer on September 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to parts of this record a number of times and have always felt something different each time. However I believe like most "art", it was meant to affect different people in different ways. And it might never affect you the same way twice. Think Nine Inch Nails meets John Cage meets MC5 meets LaMont Young. And I don't mean just bits of those artists separately and the influences thereof, but rather all of them playing simultaneously at extreme ear shattering volume. The affect of listening to this on headphones is enough to inflict psychotic reaction. It is NOT music to do housework to. Unless that housework involves demolition.

Having said that, I also believe that MMM was recorded for 1 specific reason. Lou was trying to "clear the air" of all the quote, unquote "sally can't dance, your rock 'n'roll animal". Which I think means all the fans of those records and others like them. He was casting those fans aside much the same way that Little Richard threw his jewels in the river or Brian Wilson stopped recording and writing music at the height of his popularity. All probably felt a certain amount of pressure, both from record companies as well as the fans to keep churning out the same product over and over with new and different wrapping.
Many times that gets to be the disillusionment of rock stars. The need to sell "product" as opposed to creating music that means something and has relevance to themselves and their fans. The rock music world rises, falls and changes much too quickly for most stars to retain their shine and fans become impatient for their favorite star to produce the next music masterpiece that resembles and continues the original greatness that they achieved early in their career.
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