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Tracklist

Stupid Man2:33
Disco Mystic4:28
I Want To Boogie With You3:52
With You2:22
Looking For Love3:30
City Lights3:07
All Through The Night4:56
Families6:01
The Bells9:18

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    • pshico87's avatar
      pshico87
      If you can find this pressing in NM condition, don't hesitate ! The dynamics are great, it's well balanced, clear, without distortion at all, no sibilance. Compared to the US original it's little more detailed and I prefer this one for the clarity.
      Also, It's one of the best Lou reed album in my opinion.
      • Mercurys_cat's avatar
        Mercurys_cat
        After the rather dated and rambling street hassle this album finds a rather refreshed and more rocking Lou. A Lou does disco in the shape of ‘Disco mystic’ is hypnotically catchy or loathsome, depending on your taste! The Bells title track is worth the admission price alone. Families is like Woody Allen films put to music!

        Since my early forage into Lou territory I’ve always thought this one of the stronger albums. The next best after this probably being The mask.
        • Bradx's avatar
          Bradx
          This is the one where Lou tries out a new voice. A sort of quavering and quivering delivery. It's also the one where he got Don Cherry in, only to bury him way down in the mix.

          The title track is really, really good. An agonisingly crawling grinding beast, like slowed-down heavy metal. I wish the whole album was like this. I could quite happily listen to a whole side of this type of thing.

          Elsewhere he conjures up some lightweight novelty items that he could probably write in his sleep (and he probably did). Using the aforementioned daft voice that he abandoned after this album.

          Families is really good. It's all good, it's a Lou Reed album.
          • connynimmersjo's avatar
            In many ways this is the best solo album by Lou Reed. And if you disagree, at least it is one of his most original, no other music ever sounded like this. The Santa Maria pressing sounds a bit hotter than the German pressing, brings a little more presence, which I prefer.
            • CameronAndrade's avatar
              Am I the only one whose top right corner is missing, i saw a picture of a different pressing with the exact same missing part as mine and i thought that it couldn't be a coincidence.
              • guybahir's avatar
                guybahir
                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.

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