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Lou Reed – Lou Reed’s Berlin (2007) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Lou Reed – Lou Reed’s Berlin
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Rock

Production/Label: Artificial Eye
Duration: 1:20:54
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: PCM, DTS-HD
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 17997 kbps / 1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2151 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio 2: Dolby Digital Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Size: 13,05 GB

The curious tale of Lou Reed’s 1973 album Berlin, is worthy of a documentary in itself. It’s trajectory from critical and commercial failure to one of the most highly regarded records in his canon has vindicated Reed’s vision for the album. This concert film was shot 33 years after the former Velvet Underground front man unleashed Berlin on the world. A remarkable critical volte-face has occurred in the intervening years, although Reed has rarely performed material from the album. Director Julian Schnabel headed to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, at the tail end of 2006 to shoot this document of Berlin’s live resurrection. The film is culled from a five-night stint at the venue in which Reed, and a host of guest performers, brought the album back to life.

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Lou Reed – Classic Albums: Transformer & Live At Montreux 2000 (2014) SD Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Lou Reed – Classic Albums: Transformer & Live At Montreux 2000
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Rock

Production/Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 03:25:12
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: PCM, DTS-HD
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24958 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2921 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit
Audio 2: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Size: 41,56 GB

Eagle Vision’s SD Blu-ray range presents upscaled standard definition original material with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound for the best possible quality. This release combines the documentary ‘Transformer’ from the acclaimed Classic Albums series, which tells the story of the creation and recording of this legendary album, with ‘Live At Montreux 2000’, a live concert film of Lou Reed s performance at the world famous festival.

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Lou Reed – The Studio Album Collection 1989-2000 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – The Studio Album Collection 1989-2000 (2015)
5 Albums | FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 298:38 minutes | 5,56 GB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s) | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

This official collection includes the albums: New York (1989), Songs for Drella <with John Cale> (1990), Magic and Loss (1992), Set the Twilight Reeling (1996), Ecstasy (2000).

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Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson – The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words With Vin Scelsa (2017/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson – The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words With Vin Scelsa (2017/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:35:22 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © The Bottom Line Record Company

The Bottom Line Archive Series presents its next release: the once-in-a-lifetime live performance by Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson at the height of their craft, set for release September 15. Recorded at the legendary Bottom Line club in Greenwich Village, the album presents an evening of music, songwriting and storytelling – intimate, acoustic, historic. The Bottom Line Archive label is distributed via BFD/Red; BFD is a division of Bob Frank Entertainment.

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Lou Reed – Transformer (1972/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Transformer (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:06 minutes | 774 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: August 1972 at Trident Studios, London

Released in 1972, Transformer is Lou Reed’s second studio album. It was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson and was ranked number 194 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Lou Reed – The Bells (1979/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – The Bells (1979/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:42 minutes | 885 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: 1979 at Delta Studios, Wilster, West Germany

After the harrowing triumph of Street Hassle, Lou Reed’s The Bells sounded like a bit of a step back; it returned Reed to the more listener-friendly, keyboard-dominated sound of Rock and Roll Heart, the lyrics lacked the caustic self-loathing of songs like “Dirt” or “I Wanna Be Black,” and it even featured a four-and-a-half-minute funk workout called “Disco Mystic” (hey, this was 1979). But lyrically, The Bells found Reed moving away from the boho decadence of most of his 1970s work and toward a more compassionate perspective on his characters; “Families” and “All Through the Night” display an empathy and emotional depth Reed didn’t often allow himself as a solo artist, and “Stupid Man” and “Looking for Love” rocked hard while making the loneliness of their protagonists felt. And the title cut, with Reed experimenting with a guitar synthesizer and free jazz hero Don Cherry inviting the spirit on trumpet, is both a brave exploration of musical space and a lyrically touching sketch of loss and salvation. An album that’s worn well over time, The Bells gains depth with each playing and now sounds like one of Reed’s finest solo efforts of the 1970s.

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Lou Reed – Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal (1974/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal (1974/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:23 minutes | 892 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: December 21, 1973, Howard Stein’s Academy of Music, New York

Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal was recorded at a live show on December 21, 1973 at Howard Stein’s Academy of Music in New York City. Produced by Steve Katz and Lou Reed, the performance featured several Velvet Underground songs re-arranged into a powerful hard rock set. The album peaked at #45 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1974.

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Lou Reed – Rock and Roll Heart (1976/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Rock and Roll Heart (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:49 minutes | 830 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: 1976, The Record Plant, New York

Rock and Roll Heart is the seventh album by Lou Reed, released in 1976. It was his first album for Arista Records (now a sister label to his previous label RCA Records, via Sony BMG) after record mogul Clive Davis reportedly rescued him from bankruptcy. “A Sheltered Life” dates back to 1967, when the Velvet Underground recorded a demo of it (available on Peel Slowly and See). The Velvet Underground also performed “Follow the Leader”, and a live recording of it was released on The Quine Tapes.

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Lou Reed – Mistrial (1986/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Mistrial (1986/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:14 |  minutes | 841 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: 1986, The Power Station, New York City

Released in 1986 and prouduced by Lou Reed and Fernando Saunders.

Between 1982 and 1984, Lou Reed put together the best band of his solo career, recorded three superb albums, and left behind a fine live double after two rapturously received world tours — not a bad track record from a guy who had been so inconsistent throughout the 1970s. One might well have argued that Lou was due for a disappointment, and Mistrial certainly filled that bill. On Mistrial, Reed opted to handle both lead and rhythm guitar parts as he had on New Sensations, but with a few shades less precision, and while Fernando Saunders once again did yeoman work as a bassist, as a co-producer he didn’t fill out Reed’s sound especially well. The decision to use a drum machine on most of these tracks gives the album a stiff feeling, and a texture that captures what was least fortunate about ’80s rock, but most importantly Reed didn’t have an album’s worth of top-shelf songs on tap. “No Money Down” and “Tell It to Your Heart” are smart and funny sketches on the difficult art of romance, while “Mama’s Got a Lover” is an unexpectedly sweet character study and “The Original Wrapper” is a game stab at hip-hop from a 44-year-old white guy. But “Outside” and “Spit It Out” are just filler, and “Video Violence” is a pretty strange attack on the media from a guy who tried to bring the mindset of William S. Burroughs and Hubert Selby, Jr. to rock & roll. Mistrial wasn’t one of Reed’s worst albums (it’s hard to imagine Sally Can’t Dance ever being deprived of that honor), but it certainly lowered his batting average as he seemed to be on a hot streak — as if his longtime fans needed to be reminded that he was fallible.

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Lou Reed – Growing Up In Public (1980/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Growing Up In Public (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:41 minutes | 827 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: 1980, Air Studios, Montserrat

Growing Up in Public was a transitional album for Lou Reed; it was his last set with his long-running road band (dominated by keyboardist Michael Fonfara), and while the fleshed-out arrangements are of a piece with Reed’s work on Rock & Roll Heart and The Bells, the lyrics of the best songs anticipate the directly personal, emotionally naked songwriting that marked the two extraordinary albums that would follow, The Blue Mask and Legendary Hearts. “How Do You Speak to an Angel,” “My Old Man,” and “Standing on Ceremony” deal with Reed’s family issues with a direct force he hadn’t summoned since “Kill Your Sons” (we’ll leave it to others to debate their accuracy), and “So Alone” and “Keep Away” both offer a trenchant but heart-rending look at modern relationships. And “The Power of Positive Drinking” is amusing, but rather surprising coming from a guy who would give up alcohol and drugs a year after this was released. Growing Up in Public didn’t get much notice on its initial release, but all these years later it sounds like a dry run for what was to be the most creatively fruitful period of Lou Reed’s solo career.

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