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Lou ReedBerlin

Label:RCA Victor – APL1-0207
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Dynaflex, Tan Labels
Style:Classic Rock


PianoAllan Macmillan
A2Lady Day
BassGene Martynec
DrumsB.J. Wilson
A3Men Of Good Fortune
PianoBlue Weaver
A4Caroline Says I3:57
A5How Do You Think It Feels3:42
A6Oh, Jim5:13
B1Caroline Says II4:10
B2The Kids
BassTony Levin
DrumsB.J. Wilson
B3The Bed
Guitar, Synthesizer, Arranged By [Vocals]Gene Martynec
B4Sad Song6:55



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 137)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Berlin (LP, Album)RCA Victor, RCA VictorAPL1-0207, APL1-0207 (LSP)Germany1973
Berlin (LP, Album)RCA Victor, RCA VictorRS 1002, RS. 1002UK1973
Berlin (LP, Album, Gatefold)RCA VictorAPL 1 0207/DItaly1973
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Berlin (LP, Album)RCA VictorAPL1-0207New Zealand1973
Berlin (LP, Album, Dynaflex, Gatefold)RCA VictorAPL1-0207Canada1973


Roczilla's profile picture
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!
crafty35a's profile picture
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?
esteban_morientes's profile picture
Edited 16 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...