It's extremely difficult for me to select 3 works by my favorite artist and proclaim them my 'top 3 favorite Lou Reed Studio albums.' So I won't. Instead I'll place votes for three criminally underrated (yer all criminals, I tell ya!) records that deserve more respect than they're getting here. Because...criminals. Rock and Roll Heart - One of my most listened to Lou Reed records, it includes great songs like You Wear It So Well, Temporary Thing, Vicious Circle and Chooser and the Chosen One, plus great vamps like Senselessly Cruel and Sheltered Life. Don Cherry came out with Lou at some gigs on the tour for this record. It also led to the 2 great albums that followed, Street Hassle and The Bells. Growing Up in Public - The last of Lou's large band period before he stripped it down to the basics. This record includes some of Lou's finest witticisms, and a rollicking band that at times verges on the edge of losing it but in the end hangs together nicely. Standing On Ceremony is one of my favorite Lou Reed songs. Hot live band as well. Ecstasy - This is a brilliant later period Reed offering that I believe not many people have even heard, except for the diehards. Musically this record is absolutely stunning, and lyrically it's tales of relationships gone to hell is both twisted and thought provoking. Mad is one of the funniest things Lou has ever written. Again, these aren't necessarily my 3 favorite Lou Reed studio records, but then again, they are. You know what I'm saying?