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Genre: Rock & Pop
Artist/Group Name: Lou Reed
Release Date: 10/07/2016
Original Release Date: 2016
Length of CD: 709:14
Label: Legacy
# of Discs: 17
Total Time: 709:14

Disc 1
1. I Can't Stand It
2. Going Down
3. Walk and Talk It
4. Lisa Says
5. Berlin
6. I Love You
7. Wild Child
8. Love Makes You Feel
9. Ride Into the Sun
10. Ocean

Disc 2
1. Vicious
2. Andy's Chest
3. Perfect Day
4. Hangin' 'Round
5. Walk on the Wild Side
6. Make Up
7. Satellite of Love
8. Wagon Wheel
9. New York Telephone Conversation
10. I'm So Free
11. Goodnight Ladies

Disc 3
1. Berlin - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)
2. Lady Day - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)
3. Men of Good Fortune - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)
4. Caroline Says I - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)
5. How Do You Think It Feels - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)
6. Oh Jim - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)
7. Caroline Says II - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)
8. Kids, The - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)
9. Bed, The - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)
10. Sad Song - (featuring Mary Flynn/Gary Linden)

Disc 4
1. Intro/Sweet Jane
2. Heroin
3. White Light/White Heat
4. Lady Day
5. Rock 'N' Roll

Disc 5
1. Ride Sally Ride
2. Animal Language
3. Baby Face
4. N.Y. Stars
5. Kill Your Sons
6. Ennui
7. Sally Can't Dance
8. Billy

Disc 6
1. Metal Machine Music, Pt. 1
2. Metal Machine Music, Pt. 2
3. Metal Machine Music, Pt. 3
4. Metal Machine Music, Pt. 4

Disc 7
1. Crazy Feeling
2. Charley's Girl
3. She's My Best Friend
4. Kicks
5. Gift, A
6. Ooohhh Baby
7. Nobody's Business
8. Coney Island Baby

Disc 8
1. I Believe in Love
2. Banging on My Drum
3. Follow the Leader
4. You Wear It So Well
5. Ladies Pay
6. Rock and Roll Heart
7. Chooser and the Chosen One
8. Senselessly Cruel
9. Claim to Fame
10. Vicious Circle
11. Sheltered Life, A
12. Temporary Thing

Disc 9
1. Gimmie Some Good Times
2. Dirt
3. Street Hassle/Waltzing Matilda/Street Hassle/Slipaway
4. I Wanna Be Black
5. Real Good Time Together
6. Shooting Star
7. Leave Me Alone
8. Wait

Disc 10
1. Sweet Jane
2. I Wanna Be Black
3. Satellite of Love [Live]
4. Pale Blue Eyes
5. Berlin
6. I'm Waiting for the Man [Live]

Disc 11
1. Coney Island Baby
2. Street Hassle
3. Walk On the Wild Side [Live]
4. Leave Me Alone

Disc 12
1. Stupid Man
2. Disco Mystic
3. I Want to Boogie With You
4. With You
5. Looking for Love
6. City Lights
7. All Through the Night
8. Families
9. Bells, The

Disc 13
1. How Do You Speak to an Angel
2. My Old Man
3. Keep Away
4. Growing Up in Public
5. Standing on Ceremony
6. So Alone
7. Love Is Here to Stay
8. Power of Positive Drinking, The
9. Smiles
10. Think It Over
11. Teach the Gifted Children

Disc 14
1. My House
2. Women
3. Underneath the Bottle
4. Gun, The
5. Blue Mask, The
6. Average Guy
7. Heroine, The
8. Waves of Fear
9. Day John Kennedy Died, The
10. Heavenly Arms

Disc 15
1. Legendary Hearts
2. Don't Talk to Me About Work
3. Make Up Mind
4. Martial Law
5. Last Shot, The
6. Turn Out the Light
7. Pow Wow
8. Betrayed
9. Bottoming Out
10. Home of the Brave
11. Rooftop Garden

Disc 16
1. I Love You, Suzanne
2. Endlessly Jealous
3. My Red Joystick
4. Turn to Me
5. New Sensations
6. Doin' the Things That We Want To
7. Fly Into the Sun
8. My Friend George
9. High in the City
10. Down at the Arcade
11. Great Defender, The (Down at the Arcade)

Disc 17
1. Mistrial
2. No Money Down
3. Outside
4. Don't Hurt a Woman
5. Video Violence
6. Spit It Out
7. Original Wrapper, The
8. Mama's Got a Lover
9. I Remember You
10. Tell It to Your Heart

Release Notes

Liner Note Author: Street Hassle.
Recording information: CTS Studios, London (10/1975); Delta Studio, Wilster, West Germany (10/1975); Dierks Mobile Studio (10/1975); Electric Lady, NYC (10/1975); Howard Stein's Academy of Music, NYC (10/1975); Mediasound, New York (10/1975); Morgan Studios, London (10/1975); RCA Studios, New York (10/1975); Skyline Studios, New York City (10/1975); The Record Plant, New York (10/1975); CTS Studios, London (12/21/1973); Delta Studio, Wilster, West Germany (12/21/1973); Dierks Mobile Studio (12/21/1973); Electric Lady, NYC (12/21/1973); Howard Stein's Academy of Music, NYC (12/21/1973); Mediasound, New York (12/21/1973); Morgan Studios, London (12/21/1973); RCA Studios, New York (12/21/1973); Skyline Studios, New York City (12/21/1973); The Record Plant, New York (12/21/1973).
Directors: Don Fleming; Tom Burleigh.
Photographer: Allen Ginsberg.
In 1972, Lou Reed was a minor cult hero to a handful of rock critics and left-of-center music fans who championed his former band, the Velvet Underground, but he was unknown to the mainstream music audience. By 1986, Reed was a rock & roll icon, widely hailed as a master songwriter and one of the founding fathers of punk, glam, noise rock, and any number of other vital rock subgenres; he even scored a few hits along the way. If you want to know what happened during those 14 years to make such a difference, the answer can be found in The RCA & Arista Album Collection, a 17-disc box set that brings together nearly all of Reed's recorded work from this period. This set includes seven albums Reed cut for RCA Records from 1972 to 1975 (Lou Reed, Transformer, Berlin, Rock n' Roll Animal, Sally Can't Dance, Metal Machine Music, and Coney Island Baby), five he recorded while signed to Arista from 1976 to 1980 (Rock and Roll Heart, Street Hassle, Live: Take No Prisoners, The Bells, Growing Up in Public), and four more Reed made after re-signing to RCA in 1982 (The Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts, New Sensations, Mistrial). Despite the bulk of this set, it isn't quite complete; two live albums are missing, 1975's Lou Reed Live (outtakes from the shows recorded for Rock n' Roll Animal that were released without Reed's input) and 1984's Live in Italy (a flawed but enjoyable concert recording with guitarist Robert Quine anchoring one of Reed's best live bands). But this set beautifully charts the formative years of Reed's solo career. The early RCA albums see him finding his feet, slipping into self-indulgence and decadence before making his way back to his strong suits. The Arista albums herald Reed's return to strong, personal songwriting, even as he struggles with his demons and his ego. And a newly sober Lou returned to RCA to make some of his strongest and bravest music since leaving the VU (even if Mistrial ended that run on a stumble). Reed supervised the remastering of these albums for this release, and for the most part the sound is observably cleaner and more present, especially the LPs recorded using binaural sound, which have lost some of their murk. And the packaging is lovely; each CD is housed in a reproduction of its original vinyl jacket, and the hardcover book is full of rare photos, clippings, original liner notes, and interviews, including some candid conversations between Reed and Danny Fields. The RCA & Arista Album Collection doesn't include any rare or unreleased material (and the bonus cuts that appeared on the previous CD releases of some of these albums aren't here), but for serious fans who want to reacquaint themselves with Reed's catalog of the '70s and '80s, it has rarely been presented with this degree of care, and there's plenty of brilliant music to be found here. ~ Mark Deming


Uncut (magazine) - "The big draw here is Reed's own involvement. Unhappy with the treatment of his back catalogue in the digital age, he devoted his last summer to personally supervising the remastering of these albums..."


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