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Transformer Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, October 22, 2002
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Purchased on vinyl - a great vinyl addition to our collection. This is Lou Reed at arguable his best. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christopher Barrett
This sounds fantastic and the pressing quality is top notch--quiet and flat. This AAA reissue really showcases how good vinyl can sound.Published 3 months ago by not in good order
Get it now ! Right now ! I am partial. I am a New Yorker.
Get it !!! Get it right now !!! I am partial. Read more
Have to thank my teen on this one. I bought the album in, probably 1975. I never thought of it as "great", but then my (then) 18 year old challenged me on why Lou was not... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. M. H. Klauber
With both David Bowie and Lou Reed having passed so recently - re-listening to 1972's utterly brilliant "Transformer" is a bittersweet experience. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark Barry