Lou Reed ‎– Transformer - 1972 Classic Quirky Glam - Art Rock - Black Vinyl - Sealed LP

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Lou Reed ‎– Transformer

RCA  ‎– 88985349031
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Alternative Rock



A1 Vicious 2:55
A2 Andy's Chest 3:17
A3 Perfect Day 3:43
A4 Hangin' Round 3:39
A5 Walk On The Wild Side 4:12

B1 Make Up 2:58
B2 Satellite Of Love 3:40
B3 Wagon Wheel 3:19
B4 New York Telephone Conversation 1:31
B5 I'm So Free 3:07
B6 Goodnight Ladies 4:19


A wonderfully bizarre and entertaining album, TRANSFORMER features many of the qualities that make Lou Reed such a unique figure in rock. Like his work with the underrated Velvet Underground, this album is quirky, unpredictable, and awfully clever. "Vicious" offers a perfect intro to a fun and wacky endeavor. Regardless of how one feels about Reed's music (or his notorious extracurricular activities), he is never dull or derivative. Of course, the fifth track, "Walk on the Wild Side," became the biggest song of his career, including his work with the VU.

Though "Wild Side" is a classic about the seamier side of New York City, it is probably not even the best song on the album. That honor may likely go to the third track, "Perfect Day," a haunting, dream-like tune that foreshadows the sorrow that would characterize Reed's subsequent BERLIN, one of the most thoroughly miserable albums of all time (though not bad, actually).

Though the music is pretty strong throughout, the second half of TRANSFORMER pales in comparison to the first. "Satellite of Love," perhaps the second most famous song from this record, is a little overrated, but memorable nonetheless. "Goodnight Ladies" provides a nearly flawless ending to an extremely impressive effort. The key ingredient in the mix may be Reed's tremendous sense of humor which shows up in various ways in most of the numbers. Unfortunately, it is this essential Reed characteristic that is sadly missing on BERLIN, which pales in comparison to this triumphant accomplishment.



Lou Reed - Perfect Day - Trainspotting fan video

very nice and sad song... just like the film.

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Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side - Brussels, Belgium 05/1974

Lou at this time was an awesome artist, he had runaway from andy's factory and he was telling the truth about the shit that lived there.

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Lou Reed - Vicious - live in Paris, 1974

Lou said in a recent interview that Andy Warhol inspired the lyrics of this song.

Andy: "You gotta get vicious."
Lou: "What do you mean vicious?"
Andy: "Vicious, like I hit you with a flower."

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Lou Reed Interview 1974
you're missing the point if you find him to be arrogant in this video.

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Lou Reed - Walk On the Wild Side

An infectious and brilliant tune..Lou's off key voice, that walking bassline, horns, and of course...'the colored girls go', 'doo, doo doo!'

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More Information
Condition New
Format LP
Label RCA
Artist Velvet Underground
Color Black