What's your top 3 favourite Lou Reed (studio) albums?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MHP, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 Forum Resident

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    Dublin, Ireland
    New York
    Songs For Drella
    Magic And Loss
     
  2. dbsea

    dbsea Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    It was tough, but had to settle on:

    Transformer
    Coney Island Baby
    Legendary Hearts
     
  3. falconerone

    falconerone Member

    New York
    Songs for Drella
    Transformer

    on any other given day these albums could be in the top three
    Blue Mask
    Berlin
     
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  4. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

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    Little Britain
    Transformer
    Berlin
    Coney Island Baby

    Not far behind:
    Street Hassle
    New York
    Ecstasy
     
  5. SonicBob

    SonicBob Forum Resident

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    West Virginia
    Transformer
    New Sensations
    New York

    Berlin is in a class of its own, so for myself, it doesn't apply in the top 3; a masterpiece unto itself. That being said, Street Hassle, Coney Island Baby, Blue Mask, Songs For Drella and Ecstasy are also excellent Lou albums. I still need to get copies of Magic and Loss, Twilight and The Raven, though.
     
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  6. erowid

    erowid Active Member

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    Vienna, Austria
    1. Transformer
    2. Street Hassle
    3. New York

    4. Berlin
    5. Lou Reed
    6. Songs For Drella

    7. Coney Island Baby
    8. Blue Mask
    9. Magic And Loss

    ... and the list could go on.
     
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  7. Mr Sam

    Mr Sam Forum Resident

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    France
    Transformer
    Berlin
    Coney Island Baby
     
  8. Flippikat

    Flippikat Well-Known Member

    More a fan of early Lou than later Lou, so my fave 3 are Lou Reed, Berlin & Sally Can't Dance. Songs for Drella and Transformer *just* miss out.

    Berlin is a dead-set masterpiece, enough said.

    Sally Can't Dance just edges out Transformer for me, because of Kill Your Sons & NY Stars - always loved the vitriol of those two tracks, and the rest of that album is Lou in full 'pop music' mode, silly but fun.

    Yeah, the debut has all those Velvets retreads "session-muso"-fied to within an inch of their lives.. but within a context of a songwriter in 1971 trying to relaunch his career without a band, it makes sense.. and it's nice to have a completely different take on those late Velvets leftovers.

    It's probably one of those "unpopular opinions", but I find myself coming back to Lou's debut a lot more than much of his back-catalogue.
     
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  9. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Well-Known Member

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    San Francisco
    Lou Reed
    New York
    Lu Lu
     
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  10. bluesbro

    bluesbro Forum Hall of Shame

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    DC
    Ditto!!
     
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  11. MHP

    MHP Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    So many bad things has ben said of the debut album.
    I think many people just assume it's bad. They haven't really listened.
    It's a great album. It's badly produced, but so are every Velvets album.
     
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  12. dammitjanet

    dammitjanet Member

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    Canada
    I chose Coney Island Baby, Metal Machine Music, and Street Hassle but Transformer, Berlin, The Blue Mask and Songs for Drella are right up there too... and The Bells and Rock n Roll Heart. Why does no one like Rock n Roll Heart? I Believe in Love is a bop, A Sheltered Life is campy fun, and Temporary Thing is one of the best!
     
  13. Black Thumb

    Black Thumb Forum Resident

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    Reno, NV
    Berlin way out front. I never even heard it until the CD reissue in '98, and took to it hard. It's as ingrained in my DNA as some albums I've had twice as long.

    Nueva York, because it's so damn good.

    Gotta put New Sensations at #3. It's the one that made me a fan. It was a road trip staple in Summer '84, but I was going by Greyhound rather than GPZ. I had a big boombox and I'd just use headphones on the bus.

    Well, late one night in Mississippi I made my standard mistake of plugging into the microphone jack instead of the headphone jack, hit play, and blasted the inside of the bus with several LOUD seconds of "High In The City".

    The riders was not pleased.
     
  14. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Street Hassle
    The Blue Mask
    Legendary Hearts

    In fact, those may be the only three that a live as entire albums, although there's music I love on almost all of the albums.
     
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  15. nbadge

    nbadge Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Walnut Creek, CA
    Transformer
    New York
    Set The Twilight Reeling
     
  16. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Forum Resident

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    Victoria, Canada
    Had to go...
    1. Set The Twilight Reeling
    2. Transformer
    3. Magic And Loss

    More personal meanings though I think. Really hard to not include the live Rock & Roll Heart. I may even be more nostalgic for a collection of '70s highlights I had before I got into the proper individual albums.
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  17. Mother

    Mother Forum Resident

    Location:
    Melbourne
    1. Transformer
    2. Street Hassle
    3. New York


    Hon Mention:
    The Blue Mask
    Coney Island Baby
    Legendary Hearts
     
  18. Mother

    Mother Forum Resident

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    Melbourne
    That's the album that blew me away.

    Also Rock and Roll Animal .
     
  19. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Forum Resident

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    Victoria, Canada
    Oops, I got 'Heart' and 'Animal' convoluted. And one was Arista and the other RCA. :shake:
     
  20. Papageno

    Papageno Member

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    Sweden
    Transformer
    New York
    Magic and Loss
     
  21. My votes went to the three with the least votes that I thought were top shelf... every Honorable Mention here is as great as these three that I voted for... (and the Next Most Honorable Mention choices finish out my Lou Reed Top Ten)

    Votes Went To:
    ~"Legendary Hearts"
    ~"New Sensations"
    ~"Magic & Loss"

    Honorable Mention:
    "Transformer"
    "Street Hassle"
    "The Blue Mask"
    "New York"

    Next Most Honorable Mention:
    "Berlin"
    "Songs For Drella"
    "Set The Twilight Reeling"
     
  22. Berlin
    Street Hassle
    New Sensations

    I lways thought the track street hassle could have been a coda to the Berlin album.
    New Sensations is my guilty pleasure. Some great pop moments and the bass line on the title track is one of the bezt ever.
     
  23. MelodyFair

    MelodyFair Well-Known Member

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    Vancouver BC
    Transformer, Berlin, New Sensations.

    It’s a bonus because if I play any of them while holding down the fast forward button I get MMM.
     
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  24. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

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    NYC Man
    "Mistrail" - wasn't that the concept album about getting lost in the woods?
     
  25. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

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    NYC Man
    Fernando Saunders, baby. One of the most underrated bassists.
     
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