In its original form, it features five songs, four of which were initially recorded by The Velvet Underground. The two guitarists would later form the basis of the first Alice Cooper solo band, beginning on Welcome to My Nightmare , which also features Glan and John. A sleeper hit , it peaked at No. Paul Nelson of Rolling Stone magazine was in attendance that night. Writing about Rock 'n' Roll Animal and its sequel, Lou Reed Live , which were both recorded at the same show, he recalled: "As it happens, I had seen Reed and a mediocre pickup band at Lincoln Center some months earlier in his first New York non-Velvets appearance and he was tragic in every sense of the word. And it was, as one can judge from the resultant albums. Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies , Robert Christgau said, "At its best, Reed's live music brings the Velvets into the arena in a clean redefinition of heavy, thrilling without threatening to stupefy. I could do without Hunter's showboating 'Introduction,' and I've always had my reservations about 'Heroin,' but this is a live album with a reason for living. A remastered version was released on CD in It featured two tracks not included on the original LP or CD release.
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Lou Reed Live is a live album by Lou Reed , released in Between this album and the remastered Rock 'n' Roll Animal the entire show has been released, albeit in a different order than the original concert setlist. The title was changed to reflect this, but the contents remained unchanged. This live album's stereo mix differs from its counterpart in that guitarist Dick Wagner is heard on the left channel, and Steve Hunter is on the right; this arrangement is reversed on Rock 'n' Roll Animal. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Lou Reed. Chicago Tribune.
Lou's best live album, remastered from the original tapes and featuring two previously unreleased performances of Caroline Says and How Do You Think It Feels! Four tracks are VU classics two about the redemptive power of rock, two about the transformative power of dope dressed up into slick, flashy twin-guitar noodle-fests, with big riffs and showboating solos and Reed practically phoning in his vocals. It was something of a hit at the time, and it's easy to hear how the simple forcefulness of these songs sounded good on earlys radio. But Reed doesn't bother to conceal his contempt for the commercial trappings he's put on his songs--"Heroin," in particular, turns from savage ambivalence into an easy cartoon--and the album's hard to like now. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Skip to main content. Buy new:. FREE Shipping on your first order.