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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, October 22, 2002
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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!
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
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This is a true classic that I never get tired of listening to!
The Bowie / Ronson influence and production of this album is strongly evident and enhances Lou's songwriting to a new place and level post Velvet Underground.
This album is responsible for his only real "hit", Walk on the wild side. However the entire album and every song is equally as strong! It is a shame the remainder of the songs did not reach the same level of popularity with the masses, this album highlights Lou's songwriting capabilities and establishes his influence on the "now" ( circa 1972) Glam Rock movement in the UK.
Bowie was one of The Velvet Undergrounds biggest fans and the most vocal of the bands influence on what would become the Glam Rock Movement ( his own Ziggy Stardust album being one of the most popular examples of the genere and "hot off the presses"
at the time that Transform was produced).
Bowie and Ronson stepped in and offered to produce and help Lou with his next album after his first self titled Solo album in 1971 was such a big failure (after he quit the Velvet Underground in 1970).
The result of the teaming of Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Mick Ronson, produced one of the greatest Glam Rock and Lou Reed albums ever made.
40+ years later ( as of 2015), and this album and these songs still feel "fresh" and are just as fun to listen to as they were in 1972!
Vicious is a hard rocking in your face glam rock powerhouse, Satellite of Love, the best example ever of Lou's ability to create a strong melody despite his rough and raw singing voice, Walk on the Wild side, the all-time Classic hit that iconically waxes poetic the life of the NYC TV/ TS prostitute, Perfect Day, yet another Lou classic can bring tears to your eyes, it's a powerful ballad with strong metaphoric lyrics. The remaining songs on the album are also all gems, but do not stand out as much as the aforementioned.
If you do not own this album, buy it!!!
It remains one of my all-time favorites
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THIS is New York glam rock.