Lou Reed ‎– Berlin

RCA Victor ‎– APL1-0207
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Dynaflex, Tan Labels

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Berlin
Piano – Allan Macmillan
A2 Lady Day
Bass – Gene MartynecDrums – B.J. Wilson
A3 Men Of Good Fortune
Piano – Blue Weaver
A4 Caroline Says I 3:57
A5 How Do You Think It Feels 3:42
A6 Oh, Jim 5:13
B1 Caroline Says II
Drums – B.J. Wilson
B2 The Kids
Bass – Tony Levin
B3 The Bed
Guitar, Synthesizer, Arranged By [Vocals] – Gene Martynec
B4 Sad Song 6:55



Includes 8 page (29.5 x 29.5cm) booklet
containing lyrics and photos.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - stamped): APL1 0207A 9S A6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - stamped - except for * etched and difficult do read): APL1-0207B 10S .-1 * A3
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand Etched Side A Variant): APL1 0207A 65(superscript) ?(indecipherable)
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand Etched Side B Variant): APL1-0207B 65(superscript) ?(indecipherable)

Other Versions (5 of 117) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
APL1-0207 Lou Reed Berlin(LP, Album, Dyn) RCA Victor APL1-0207 US 1973 Sell This Version
NL 84388 Lou Reed Berlin(LP, Album, RE) RCA International NL 84388 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
AYK1-4388 Lou Reed Berlin(Cass, Album, RE) RCA Victor AYK1-4388 US 1983 Sell This Version
NL 84388 Lou Reed Berlin(LP, Album, Bla) RCA Victor NL 84388 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
SVLP 066 Lou Reed Berlin(LP, Album, RE, TP) Simply Vinyl SVLP 066 Europe 1998 Sell This Version


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April 9, 2016
The album "Berlin"was the precursor to Rock and Roll Animal, and every top rated musician was recruited to insure this would become a true masterpiece for it,s place in time! We lost a true musical visionary when Mr. Reed left us for His final resting place!


February 7, 2013
Does this release have a gold label? Mine looks identical but the label is clearly orange. The label shot here looks gold, but that could just be the photo... could anyone clear this up for me?


March 17, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

Transformer and "Walk on the Wild Side" were both major hits in 1972, to the surprise of both Lou Reed and the music industry, and with Reed suddenly a hot commodity, he used his newly won clout to make the most ambitious album of his career, Berlin. Berlin was the musical equivalent of a drug-addled kid set loose in a candy store; the album's songs, which form a loose storyline about a doomed romance between two chemically fueled bohemians, were fleshed out with a huge, boomy production (Bob Ezrin at his most grandiose) and arrangements overloaded with guitars, keyboards, horns, strings, and any other kitchen sink that was handy (the session band included Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, Aynsley Dunbar, and Tony Levin). And while Reed had often been accused of focusing on the dark side of life, he and Ezrin approached Berlin as their opportunity to make The Most Depressing Album of All Time, and they hardly missed a trick. This all seemed a bit much for an artist who made such superb use of the two-guitars/bass/drums line-up with the Velvet Underground, especially since Reed doesn't even play electric guitar on the album; the sheer size of Berlin ultimately overpowers both Reed and his material. But if Berlin is largely a failure of ambition, that sets it apart from the vast majority of Reed's lesser works; Lou's vocals are both precise and impassioned, and though a few of the songs are little more than sketches, the best - "How Do You Think It Feels," "Oh Jim," "The Kids," and "Sad Song" - are powerful, bitter stuff. It's hard not to be impressed by Berlin...