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Lou Reed - New York 2LP


Rhino Records

The career of Lou Reed defied capsule summarization. Like David Bowie (whom Reed directly inspired in many ways), he made over his image many times, mutating from theatrical glam rocker to strung-out junkie to avant-garde noiseman to straight rock & roller to your average guy. Few would deny Reed's immense importance and considerable achievements. As has often been written, he expanded the vocabulary of rock & roll lyrics into the previously forbidden territory of kinky sex, drug use (and abuse), decadence, transvestites, homosexuality, and suicidal depression. As has been pointed out less often, he remained committed to using rock & roll as a forum for literary, mature expression throughout his artistic life, without growing lyrically soft or musically complacent. By and large, he took on these challenging duties with uncompromising honesty and a high degree of realism. For these reasons, he was often cited as punk's most important ancestor. It's often overlooked, though, that he was equally skilled at celebrating romantic joy, and rock & roll itself, as he was at depicting harrowing urban realities. With the exception of Neil Young, no other star who rose to fame in the '60s continued to push himself so diligently into creating work that was, and remains, meaningful and contemporary.Although Reed achieved his greatest success as a solo artist, his most enduring accomplishments were as the leader of the Velvet Underground in the '60s. If Reed had never made any solo records, his work as the principal lead singer and songwriter for the Velvets would have still ensured his stature as one of the greatest rock visionaries of all time.

Full Length Vinyl 1

Side A 
01 Romeo Had Juliette (2020 Remaster)
02 Halloween Parade (2020 Remaster)
03 Dirty Blvd. (2020 Remaster)
04 Endless Cycle (2020 Remaster)

Side B
01 There Is No Time (2020 Remaster)
02 Last Great American Whale (2020 Remaster)
03 Beginning of a Great Adventure (2020 Remaster)

Full Length Vinyl 2

Side A

01 Busload of Faith (2020 Remaster)
02 Sick of You (2020 Remaster)
03 Hold On (2020 Remaster)
04 Good Evening Mr. Waldeheim (2020 Remaster)

Side B
01 Xmas in February (2020 Remaster)
02 Strawman (2020 Remaster)
03 Dime Store Mystery (2020 Remaster)

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