Monday, October 28, 2013

Lou Reed: Magic and Loss Live (We'll miss you, Lou)

Saw this tour. Great album, great show. Played the entire Magic and Loss album. Took a break. Came out and played an hour of old material, including a bunch of old Velvet's stuff...

A couple words before the music…

Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock ’n’ Roll -
"Mr. Reed brought dark themes and a mercurial, sometimes aggressive disposition to rock music. ‘I’ve always believed that there’s an amazing number of things you can do through a rock ‘n’ roll song,’ he once told the journalist Kristine McKenna, ‘and that you can do serious writing in a rock song if you can somehow do it without losing the beat. The things I’ve written about wouldn’t be considered a big deal if they appeared in a book or movie.’
“He played the sport of alienating listeners, defending the right to contradict himself in hostile interviews, to contradict his transgressive image by idealizing sweet or old-fashioned values in word or sound, or to present intuition as blunt logic. But his early work assured him a permanent audience.
“The composer Brian Eno, in an often-quoted interview from 1982, suggested that if the group’s first album, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ sold only 30,000 copies during its first five years — a figure probably lower than the reality — ‘everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.’”
I discovered Lou a little late, when the New York album came out.  I saw the review in the back of Rolling Stone, more stars on it than I’d ever seen, and decided to pick it up.  That shortly led to me discovering the Velvet Underground and, I suppose, I am one of those who heard the first Velvet’s record and started a band.  Not sure if one event caused the other, but I sure got the order correct.

The full Magic and Loss set live as a playlist...

Individual songs...


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