Lou Reed, Berlin (1973)
I got to this one pretty early in my Lou Reed worship – I guess because I was reading the bios and whatever I could get my hands on…I approached the discography in a giant scatter-grab; trips to Auckland to the ‘big’ record stores to get whatever I could, armed with as many names as I could keep in my head – album titles…Lou Reed was the priority in the high school years (but there were other names swirling in my head on those ‘field trips’ to the music stores…) and Berlin wasn’t the first Lou Reed album for me but it was there early. And with the warning that it was a serious bummer. And it was. (And it is). But I’ve always loved this harrowing ride, this deeply depressing story of junkie lovers in a city divided. And the mythology deepened as more bios told further stories including the famous one that producer Bob Ezrin tape-recorded his kids for the song The Kids – he needed crying sounds so told them their mother wasn’t coming home. That’s a horrific story – even if it’s been embellished, even if it was never close to true. But that used to blow me away as I listened to this. And it still does now.
Sample Track: The Bed
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