Sunday, October 27, 2013

"Lou Reed, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 71"

"Lou Reed, the singer, songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had an impact on generations of rock musicians, and who remained a powerful if polarizing force for the rest of his life, died on Sunday at his home in Southampton, N.Y., on Long Island. He was 71."

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Sad Song.


Toad said...

This Is really Odd, but In my life, I never paid any attention to Lou Reed/Berlin. I now after hearing "sad song" I feel I may have missed something. Today's music Is so bad, I really don't have any words for It. I find It crazy that I would like something 40 years after the fact. If you can enlighten me of other great Reed/Berlin tunes, I would love It.

OrbsCorbs said...

As a founding member of the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed was already a legend before his solo career.

Nobody mentions Berlin, the album that "Sad Song" comes from, in their obituaries. It's a masterpiece and tour de force, about a relationship with a junky who loses her children. Warning: it's very depressing.

Reed was probably best known in pop culture for "Walk on the Wild Side".

Transformer is also a good album of his.

Toad said...

Orb's, Depressing? Now I know why I like It. Depressing or not, it's still a shit load better than today's stuff. I can't even call It music.

drewzepmeister said...

I really his work in the Velvet Underground. Classic stuff there.

OrbsCorbs said...

Lou Reed - Berlin (Full Album) -

Lou Reed - Transformer Plus -1972 HD 1080p -

OrbsCorbs said...

I forgot that "Walk on the Wild Side" is from Transformer. For some reason, I thought it was earlier.

Anonymous said...

One of my Favorites:

Sweet Jane - Live in Paris

The Many Lives of Lou Reed's 'Sweet Jane'

Billboard editor Joe Levy shines a light on "Sweet Jane," Reed's three-chord (four, actually) classic, and one of the best songs rock & roll has produced about itself.

From WIKI:

Lou Reed has performed "Sweet Jane" in two keys: the 1969 and 1970 versions were in D, as was 1972's American Poet version. On 1973's Rock 'n' Roll Animal, and 1978's Take No Prisoners, the song is in E, while on 1984's Live in Italy the song is back in D.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #335 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Sweet Jane" at number 18 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

Guitar World ranked "Sweet Jane" at number 81 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

Anonymous said...

Here is the version of 'Sweet Jane' that was played on FM radio - when I still listened to FM!

Sweet Jane from Rock 'N Roll Animal.

R.I.P. Lou.