Metal Machine Music
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, July 19, 2011
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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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I just finished listening to the whole album for the first time. I really like it! Not easy to describe... Layers of cascading chaos, random moments of harmony, white noise repeatedly punctured by pure tones. I've had a taste for noise rock for a long time, and I really wish I'd listened to this sooner. It is surely the granddaddy, it must have been an influence on some of my favorites- Justin Broadrick (especially his "Final" project,) James Plotkin, The Boredoms... This album often reminds me of the chaotic yet uplifting material on Super AR (sp?) and Vision Creation Newsun. Yep, I really wish I'd heard this a lot sooner. I love this sort of thing.
It's inspired so many bands from Sonic Youth to NIN.
Many Lou Reed fans hate it. Few love it.
It's a sonic assault.
The ONLY fault I have with the CD version, the last"song" doesn't have the closed loop that the LP has. Of course there isn't a way to replicate that on the CD format.
There is no melody, no beat, no rhythm, no lyrics.
As Lou said, "My week beats your year"
this is a rather beautiful and bracing listening experience. This was heavily influenced by LaMonte
Young, the legendary avant-garde composer. Long before Dylan Carlson and his Earth cohorts, or
the Sunn people, the unparalleled original. Challenging, more than a little misanthropic, but you
could say the same about Miles Davis's radically reconsidered ON THE CORNER, too. For the
most adventurous, and possibly masochistic, musical souls...
(not drawn quite right), but Metal Machine Music was all about an era of SPEED. Fast Elevator Music from Hell! Brought to you by the brilliance and audacity of Lou Reed. This is the "missing link" in your Lou Reed collection, and represents the avant garde as much today as when it was released. I bought the Japanese Mlps CD release because of the quality of the packaging and sound, (and so the sealed PROMO 2LP vinyl Set copy from RCA in my collection could remain sealed). It is like opening Pandora's Box of Sound, and like so many unusual selections, not for everyone.
The acid test, of course, is how you interpret the statement: "It's just noise." If you're interested in listening to "just noise" for a while, you can't top Lou Reed. Whether he meant to make a statement of have a laugh, he made some wonderful noise.
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If you put this CD in your car player, you will never take it out; it's \that\ good!