Lou Reed ‎– The Bells

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AB 4229 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album, San) Arista AB 4229 US 1979 Sell This Version
10 C 068-062.630 Lou Reed The Bells = Las Campanas(LP, Album) Arista 10 C 068-062.630 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
AT8-4229 Lou Reed The Bells(8-Trk) Arista AT8-4229 US 1979 Sell This Version
8A-4229 Lou Reed The Bells(8-Trk) Capitol Records 8A-4229 US 1979 Sell This Version
ATC 4229 Lou Reed The Bells(Cass, Album) Arista ATC 4229 US 1979 Sell This Version
AB 4229 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista AB 4229 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
2C 070 62630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 2C 070 62630 France 1979 Sell This Version
5C 062-62630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 5C 062-62630 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
11C 072-62 630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 11C 072-62 630 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
AB 4229 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista AB 4229 France 1979 Sell This Version
1C 064-62 630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista, EMI Electrola 1C 064-62 630 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
14C 062-62630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 14C 062-62630 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
SPART 1093 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista SPART 1093 UK & Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
AL 4229 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista AL 4229 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
3C 064-62630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 3C 064-62630 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
ARS 39019, ARS 25007 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista, CGD, Arista, CGD ARS 39019, ARS 25007 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
31C 064 62630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 31C 064 62630 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
8E 072 62630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 8E 072 62630 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
AB 4229 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista AB 4229 US 1979 Sell This Version
AB 4229 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista AB 4229 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
25RS-41 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 25RS-41 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
7C 062-62630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 7C 062-62630 Scandinavia 1979 Sell This Version
ARS 39019 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista ARS 39019 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
ARS 25007 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista ARS 25007 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
4C 064-62630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album) Arista 4C 064-62630 Belgium 1979 Sell This Version
AB 4229 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album, Pit) Arista AB 4229 US 1979 Sell This Version
201 142 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album, Promo) Arista 201 142 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
25RS-41 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album, Promo) Arista 25RS-41 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
1093 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album, TP) Arista 1093 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
064 62630 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album, TP) Arista 064 62630 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1979 Sell This Version
AB 4229 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album, Ter) Arista AB 4229 US 1979 Sell This Version
BVCA-2016 Lou Reed The Bells(CD, Album, RE) BMG, Arista BVCA-2016 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
262 918 Lou Reed The Bells(CD, Album, RE) Arista 262 918 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
74465 99659 2 Lou Reed The Bells(CD, Album, RE, RM) Buddha Records 74465 99659 2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
74465 99659 2 Lou Reed The Bells(CD, Album, RE, RM) Buddha Records, Arista 74465 99659 2 US 2000 Sell This Version
BVCM-37748 Lou Reed The Bells(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap) BMG, Arista BVCM-37748 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
US 1082 Lou Reed The Bells(Cass, Album) Arista US 1082 US Unknown Sell This Version
L - 401.142, D - 401.142 Lou Reed The Bells(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Arista, Arista L - 401.142, D - 401.142 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
5B 201142, I-201 142 Lou Reed The Bells(LP, Album, RE) Arista, Arista 5B 201142, I-201 142 Spain Unknown Sell This Version

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guybahir

guybahir

March 13, 2008
referencing The Bells, CD, Album, RE, RM, 74465 99659 2

It’s funny how sometimes an album by someone that you’ve been following your whole life manages to fall through the cracks. That is to say - I’ve never heard this one before today, and I am one of those Lou Reed devotees that you will find lurking around bushes in minor literary events, grumbling at what they think is the moon but inevitably turns out to be security shining a flashlight in their face, and holding rabid, ranting conversations with spent cigarette butts that actually talk back at them. You know, what they call a ’fan’ in da biz.

This is one of those more experimental Reed albums, in which he tries to expand beyond the (more limiting than limited) straight-up Rock’n’roll approach he’s been forever set in stone for - which, in this case, manifests itself both in recording technique (the Binaural Sound Recording System invented by someone called Manfred Schunke, which says it all), and the incorporation of free / modern Jazz elements, most vividly exemplified by a frenzied horn section (including Don Cherry) - enveloping, elevating, and sometimes clashing with Reed’s unflexing and rigidly individualist compositions and (admittedly more wide-ranging than usual) delivery.

Meaning that musically, mixed result: undoubtedly the recording process was intense and interesting, and that passes trough; but Lou’s experimentations usually lack a truly imaginative approach, and when this is combined with his being a musical control freak of the highest order reluctant to really let his collaborators fly unatended, it all tends to end up as conceptually interesting yet somewhat suffocated stabs at innovation - no matter what suit he puts on, in other words - underneath it all he’s still the buck-naked Rock’n’roll animal, momentarily distracted by some shiny new cuff-links he’d found in a costume shop downtown.

Which sounds like a slam, but consider this: nobody is great at absolutely everything. And Lou Reed is the Wolverine of the Mutant Rock Academy: the best there is at what he does, excellent in a bare-knuckle bar-fight, a chain-smoking, claw-bearing, beer-bottle weaving electric troubadour; when you strip the temporary flights of fancy (the result of his also being an artist, which automatically means he’s - sometimes unnecessarily - interested in expanding his boundaries) all away, it’s always The Lou that coldly stares you square in the face, strums a chord and says ’Ooh, Sweet Baby’ with unequivocal determination.

Well then. While, in an over-all view, some of the tracks here have been made almost redundant in the Reedalog by better (earlier or later) efforts exploring similar themes (Stupid Man is basic Reed Pop-Rock bitter candy infused with horns; With You and Looking For Love feel like some weird Spiders From Mars channeling; City Lights is a culturo-political statement which, while reasonably good in itself, pales into invisibility when compared with Berlin or New York), the remaining songs have more than enough merit: Disco Mystic is a bizarre, droning, jam groove which, uncharacteristically for such a lyrical entity as Reed has no words other than "Disco, Disco Mystic"; All Through The Night paraphrases the Christmas carol and has Reed Ranting’N’Rolling in the background, juxtaposed with a light-hearted cocktail party - music as conceptual art with a jagged punchline; Families is a heart-breaking (in both lyrics and delivery) manifest about familial disconnect, which is so nerve-twitchingly raw the listener has to comfort himself by remembering that Reed is also an excellent story-teller, and so maybe – just maybe – this is not autobiographical after all; and The Bells… well, imagine the score to a Kubrick-directed urban remake of a Sergio Leone Western, using a chained-in-the-basement-and-whacked-out-on-Thorazine-and-Phencyclidine Ennio Morricone? That’s just about right.

So, basically, this album is only vital to the die-hard Reedologist; other, more casual fans, might want to fish elsewhere in the vast Lou Reed catalogue to sample the poetic avenger in a somewhat more digestible format. But me? I like me The Bells, and give it a happy 8/10.

In a sentence: Lou can ring my bell, but you might wanna look elsewhere while it happens, ooh sweet mama.