Lou Reed, Lou Reed Live (1975)
Released two years after it was recorded – and a companion of sorts to the more famous Rock’n’Roll Animal (released in 1974) this album was a favourite of mine when I was collecting up the Lou Reed catalogue the first time round (on CD). It’s been a late edition to my Lou LPs and it’s great to reconnect with it – the version of Oh, Jim absolutely hums. There’s not really a dud track on this – though I don’t think he should ever have played Walk On The Wild Side live (isn’t that sad; it’s his best known song but it really deserves to exist only as the studio version – it’s a song that’s never sounded good live). But this vital version of Lou – across this album and Rock’n’Roll Animal – deserves to be celebrated/remembered/promoted as much for the band of course. A great rock’n’roll unit delivering fresh versions of his songs from the time; reinventing them in fact. This album is thought of as leftovers from Rock’n’Roll animal but I always saw (and heard) this as a nice palinode; often this was the one I preferred.
Sample Track: Sad Song
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