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The Essential Lou Reed (Remastered)

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Selected and sequenced by the artist himself, the 31 tracks on The Essential Lou Reed make the case for this volatile, taboo-smashing innovator’s central place in rock history. The anthology digs deeply into Reed’s 40-year recording history to uncover neglected cuts as well as signature tunes, giving a well-rounded picture of how wildly diverse his music could be. Ignoring chronology in favor of contrast, the set offers glimpses of Reed as lovelorn poet (“Perfect Day,” “Pale Blue Eyes”), mordant storyteller (“Street Hassle,” “Dirty Blvd.”), hellacious rocker (“White Light/White Heat,” “The Blue Mask”), and glam-rock showman (“Satellite of Love,” “Vicious”). From the anthemic energy of “Sweet Jane” to the outrageous humor of “I Wanna Be Black” and the elegiac tenderness of “Magic and Loss,” just about every aspect of Reed’s multifaceted catalog can be found here. Career-defining tunes like “Heroin” and “Walk on the Wild Side” are juxtaposed with semi-obscure but worthwhile tracks like “Temporary Thing” and “Kill Your Sons” (included here in fiery live form). Track for track, this is probably the most definitive collection of Lou Reed's work available.

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Thank you Mr. Reed for giving us some of the most iconic music of our times.

R.I.P. Buddy!!

Your music will always be a legend


Your album Transformer showed me as a kid that there was more to the world and to thought than just what I was exposed to in my
small NH hometown growing up. your music exposed me to the brilliance of mind blowing slightly seedy rock and your voice was
unmistakeable and pure while the record industry around you became more and more homogenized.
After hearing PERFECT DAY used in a trailer for a movie this past summer and in a current car ad I told friends I wouldnt be
surprised if you had a out-of-nowhere hit with the song I wore out playing in my college dorm room decades ago.
you were a huge influencre on me and I thank you for that.
If nothing else we should all go download "Satellite of Love" now for respect...


Born: March 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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),...
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