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Lou Reed – Live: Take No Prisoners (1978/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Live: Take No Prisoners (1978/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 01:38:31 minutes | 2.12 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | ©  Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: May 17–21, 1978, The Bottom Line, New York

“I do Lou Reed better than anybody, so I thought I’d get in on it,” Reed says at one point during this double live set, and that seems to sum up the album’s theme quite well. Recorded during a week of shows at New York’s Bottom Line in 1978, Live: Take No Prisoners presents Lou Reed the Standup Comic, doing schtick on Patti Smith (“F*ck Radio Ethiopia, man! I’m Radio Brooklyn!”), political activism (“Give me an issue, I’ll give you a tissue, and you can wipe my ass with it”), and the agony of playing “Walk on the Wild Side” (“It’s not that I don’t want to play your favorites, but there are so many favorites to choose from!”) while occasionally pausing to play a song. As a comic, Lou is no Lenny Bruce or Bill Hicks, but he’s funny by fits and starts (and he plays guitar better than either of them). On the odd moments when Lou is focused enough to actually perform a song from start to finish (such as “Pale Blue Eyes” or “Coney Island Baby”), he’s in fine form, sounding loose but enthusiastic, but those moments don’t happen especially often, and this album plows through a mere ten songs in close to 100 minutes, which gives you an idea of just how far he stretches out here. If you’re a fan who wants a look into the mind of Lou Reed, comic or otherwise, Live: Take No Prisoners certainly fills the bill, but if you want to hear Lou actually play his music, you’re better off with Rock N Roll Animal or Live in Italy. But then again, as Lou himself points out, “What’s wrong with cheap dirty jokes? I never said I was tasteful.” –Mark Deming

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Lou Reed – New York (1989/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz + 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Reed – New York (1989/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz ,192kHz  | Time – 56:47 minutes | 1,15 + 2.1 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | ©  Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: May–October 1988, Media Sound, Studio B, New York City

New York was Lou Reed’s fifteenth studio album released in 1989. The record was considered one of Reed’s best solo albums, known for it’s great lyrical content, it featured single “Dirty Blvd.” which made it to number one on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.

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Lou Reed – Magic and Loss (1992/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz + 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Reed – Magic and Loss (1992/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz ,192kHz  | Time – 58:29 minutes | 1,22 + 2.38 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | ©  Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: April 1–27, 1991 at The Magic Shop, New York

Magic And Loss is Lou Reed’s sixteenth studio album. Produced by Lou Reed and Mike Rathke, it was released on Sire Records in 1992.

With 1982’s The Blue Mask, Lou Reed began approaching more mature and challenging themes in his music, and in 1992, Reed decided it was time to tackle the Most Serious Theme of All — Death. Reed lost two close friends to cancer within the space of a year, and the experience informed Magic and Loss, a set of 14 songs about loss, illness, and mortality. It would have been easy for a project like this to sound morbid, but Reed avoids that; the emotions that dominate these songs are fear and helplessness in the face of a disease (and a fate) not fully understood, and Reed’s songs struggle to balance these anxieties with bravery, humor, and an understanding of the notion that death is an inevitable part of life — that you can’t have the magic without the loss. It’s obvious that Reed worked on this material with great care, and Magic and Loss contains some of his most intelligent and emotionally intense work as a lyricist. However, Reed hits many of the same themes over and over again, and while Reed and his accompanists — guitarist Mike Rathke, bassist Rob Wasserman, and percussionist Michael Blair — approach the music with skill and impeccable chops, many of these songs are a bit samey; the album’s most memorable tunes are the ones that pull it out of its mid-tempo rut, like the grooving “What’s Good” and the guitar workout “Gassed and Stoked.” Magic and Loss is an intensely heartfelt piece of music, possessing a taste and subtlety one might never have expected from Reed, but its good taste almost works against it; it’s a sincere bit of public mourning, but perhaps a more rousing wake might have been a more meaningful tribute to the departed. –Mark Deming

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Lou Reed – Ecstasy (2000/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz + 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Reed – Ecstasy (2000/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz ,192kHz  | Time – 01:17:34 minutes | 1,56 + 2.88 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | ©  Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: Sear Sound studios, NYC

Ecstasy was released in 2000 and is Lou Reed’s of eighteenth studio album. It was produced by Lou Reed and Hal Willner, and is a concept album about Reed’s personal experiences with marriage and relationships.

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Lou Reed, John Cale – Songs for Drella (1990/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz + 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Reed, John Cale – Songs for Drella (1990/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz ,192kHz  | Time – 59:27 minutes | 1,07 + 2.12 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | ©  Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: December 1989 and January 1990, at Sigma Sound, New York City

Released in 1990, Songs for Drella was recorded as a concept album dedicated to the memory of Andy Warhol, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. The songs focus on Warhol’s life and relationships, and are roughly set in chronological order.

Songs for Drella is a concept album by Lou Reed and John Cale, both formerly of the Velvet Underground, and is dedicated to the memory of Andy Warhol, their mentor, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. Drella was a nickname for Warhol coined by Warhol Superstar Ondine, a contraction of Dracula and Cinderella, used by Warhol’s crowd but never liked by Warhol himself. The song cycle focuses on Warhol’s interpersonal relations and experiences, with songs falling roughly into three categories: Warhol’s first-person perspective (which makes up the vast majority of the album), third-person narratives chronicling events and affairs, and first-person commentaries on Warhol by Reed and Cale themselves. The songs on the album are, to some extent, in chronological order.

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Lou Reed – The Blue Mask (1982/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – The Blue Mask (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:10 minutes | 875 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: October 1981 at RCA Studios, New York City

In 1982, 12 years after he left the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed released The Blue Mask, the first album where he lived up to the potential he displayed in the most groundbreaking of all American rock bands. The Blue Mask was Reed’s first album after he overcame a long-standing addiction to alcohol and drugs, and it reveals a renewed focus and dedication to craft — for the first time in years, Reed had written an entire album’s worth of moving, compelling songs, and was performing them with keen skill and genuine emotional commitment. Reed was also playing electric guitar again, and with the edgy genius he summoned up on White Light/White Heat. Just as importantly, he brought Robert Quine on board as his second guitarist, giving Reed a worthy foil who at once brought great musical ideas to the table, and encouraged the bandleader to make the most of his own guitar work. (Reed also got superb support from his rhythm section, bassist extraordinaire Fernando Saunders and ace drummer Doane Perry). As Reed stripped his band back to a muscular two-guitars/bass/drums format, he also shed the faux-decadent “Rock N Roll Animal” persona that had dominated his solo work and wrote clearly and fearlessly of his life, his thoughts, and his fears, performing the songs with supreme authority whether he was playing with quiet subtlety (such as the lovely “My House” or the unnerving “The Gun”) or cranked-to-ten fury (the paranoid “Waves of Fear” and the emotionally devastating title cut). Intelligent, passionate, literate, mature, and thoroughly heartfelt, The Blue Mask was everything Reed’s fans had been looking for in his work for years, and it’s vivid proof that for some rockers, life can begin on the far side of 35. –Mark Deming

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Lou Reed – Street Hassle (1978/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Street Hassle (1978/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:39 minutes | 790 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: The Record Plant, New York City and live in Munich, Wiesbaden, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Street Hassle is Lou Reed’s eighth solo album and the first pop album to use binaural recording technology.

The rise of the punk/new wave movement in the late ’70s proved just how pervasive Lou Reed’s influence had been through the past decade, but it also gave him some stiff competition, as suddenly Reed was no longer the only poet of the New York streets. 1978’s Street Hassle was Reed’s first album after punk had gained public currency, and Reed appeared to have taken the minimal approach of punk to heart. With the exception of Metal Machine Music, Street Hassle was Reed’s rawest set of the 1970s; partly recorded live, with arrangements stripped to the bone, Street Hassle was dark, deep, and ominous, a 180-degree turn from the polished neo-glam of Transformer. Lyrically, Street Hassle found Reed looking deep into himself, and not liking what he saw. Opening with an uncharitable parody of “Sweet Jane,” Street Hassle found Reed acknowledging just how much a self-parody he’d become in the 1970s, and just how much he hated himself for it, on songs like “Dirt” and “Shooting Star.” Street Hassle was Reed’s most creatively ambitious album since Berlin, and it sounded revelatory on first release in 1978. Sadly, time has magnified its flaws; the Lenny Bruce-inspired “I Wanna Be Black” sounds like a bad idea today, and the murk of the album’s binaural mix isn’t especially flattering to anyone. But the album’s best moments are genuinely exciting, and the title cut, a three-movement poetic tone poem about life on the New York streets, is one of the most audacious and deeply moving moments of Reed’s solo career. Raw, wounded, and unapologetically difficult, Street Hassle isn’t the masterpiece Reed was shooting for, but it’s still among the most powerful and compelling albums he released during the 1970s, and too personal and affecting to ignore.

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Lou Reed – Sally Can’t Dance (1974/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Sally Can’t Dance (1974/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:57 minutes | 726 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: 18 March – 26 April 1974 at Electric Lady Studios, Greenwich Village

Released in 1974, Sally Can’t Dance is Lou Reed’s fourth studio album and his highest-charting solo album of his career. It reached the Top 10 in the US, and elevated Reed’s status as a star.

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Lou Reed – New Sensations (1984/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – New Sensations (1984/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:55 minutes | 921 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: Skyline Studios, New York City

Lou Reed never struck anyone as one of the happiest guys in rock & roll, so some fans were taken aback when his 1984 album New Sensations kicked off with “I Love You, Suzanne,” a catchy up-tempo rocker that sounded a lot like a pop tune. After reaffirming his status as one of rock’s greatest poets with The Blue Mask and Legendary Hearts, what was Reed doing here? Lou was having a great time, and his pleasure was infectious — New Sensations is a set of straight-ahead rock & roll that ranks with the most purely enjoyable albums of Lou’s career. Reed opted not to work with guitarist Robert Quine this time out, instead overdubbing rhythm lines over his own leads, and if the guitars don’t cut quite as deep, they’re still wiry and in the pocket throughout, and the rhythm section of Fernando Saunders and Fred Maher rocks hard with a tough, sinewy groove. And while much of New Sensations finds Reed in a surprisingly optimistic mood, this isn’t “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by any stretch of the imagination. On “Endlessly Jealous,” “My Friend George,” and “Fly Into the Sun,” Reed makes it clear that happiness can be a hard-won commodity, and when Reed embraces life’s pleasures on “Turn to Me” and “New Sensations,” he does so with a fierce joy that’s realistic, unblinking, and deeply felt, like a man whose signed on for the full ride and is going to enjoy the good times while they last. Like Coney Island Baby, New Sensations showed that Reed had a lot more warmth and humanity than he was given credit for, and made clear that he could “write happy” when he felt like, with all the impact of his “serious” material.

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

Lou Reed – Lou Reed (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:46 minutes | 798 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: December 1971 – January 1972, Morgan Studios, London

Lou Reed’s eponymous debut solo album was released in 1972 and produced by Richard Robinson.

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