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Berlin Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 11 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000637V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19 2003
Format: Audio CD
Yes, its very dark. But its his best solo album. Outside of Live albums I can't think of any of Lou's Solo albums that even compare to Berlin. It's a dark masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phaede on Aug. 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
Make no mistake - Berlin is by far the most depressing and disturbing album Lou Reed ever made. These 10 profound songs create such destructive waves of melancholy and sadness that I'm amazed Lou weathered (survived?) this period in his life and went on to make such joyful and personal gems as New Sensations and New York several years down the road. From the disorienting prologue of the album's title song to the curiously anthemic Sad Song that closes this dark journey, Berlin draws you into seedy flats inhabited by addicts, masochists, abused and suicidal women, and an unrelenting procession of other tenderly-drawn tragic characters. (Readers of William Burroughs, Nelson Algren, and Jack Kerouac should especially "enjoy" this album.)
So why the 5 stars? Music that can conjure a mood, a time, and a place as strongly as Berlin does deserves our attention and our admiration - Lou's characters let us into their lives, let us feel their suffering, and let us identify and understand our own similar feelings, amazingly all from the comfort of our living room couch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert on June 11 2003
Format: Audio CD
When "Berlin" was first released I HAD TO HAVE IT ... prior to "Berlin" my collection of Lou Reed was simply a couple of Velvet Underground LPs in import editions ... they weren't released locally in Sydney ... his eponymous solo album "Lou Reed" and of course "Transformer". Then came "Berlin" ... and it blew me away ... and I played it and played it and played it ... and still do only now on CD. It's a bleak and wonderful album. Sparse production, minimal arrangements over lush orchestration and above all Lou Reed's completely dispassionate voice relating the decay, breakdown and aftermath of a relationship ... His? Someone else's? Who knows ... listen to the little kid's voice in "The Kids" yelling over and over "Mummy ... Mummy" and by the time "Sad Song" unravels it's wings like a butterfly emerging from the catharsis of the cocoon of songs preceding it you know you've just listened to a piece of modern literature and not a pop album. "Limp Dick"? Well, I recall at the time of "Berlin"'s release one of the many negative reviews I read, and there were quite a few, referred to the album in quite disparaging terms and noted Bob Ezrin's "limp dick" production; a phrase I've remembered and used many times since to describe critic's reviews. I'm glad time, and the many reviews of listeners here on Amazon who love music and care about it, have vindicated Lou's vision. Not that I imagine he'd care. I think Lou Reed knows who he is and his faith in his own work and its validity is just as strong today as it was then ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
This cd is "wonderfully depressing". Lou reed has made the ugly appear beautiful. This is incredibly diffucult to do and that is why I give this album 5 out of 5 stars.
This is his best work. Nothing will ever top this album. I don't recommend that anyone who feels suicidal listen to this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Garretson on Jan. 18 2003
Format: Audio CD
You either get this or you don't. What can I say, but that this was my first Lou Reed album, purchased when I was just 12 years old? Even now at 40 it still has the power of the original playing, but even more. It floored me, and from the first listening I was dragged into the nightmarish world of "Berlin". I truly love this album, and it has taught me the possibilities of modern music and how it can approach the level of literature. I've played this for some people who simply didn't get it (since they refused to sit and LISTEN to the whole thing) to others who listened, and had a good cry afterwards! Such dark beauty, truly a masterpeice. I only wish Lou could write like this again. Personally, I lost interest after Coney Island Baby.... this album is not for everyone, but those of us who "got it" certainly went on to investigate our own darkness...thanks Lou, for this one. Too bad Andy never got it to Broadway...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on April 29 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a native English speaker, and I have to warn you if you also are: you should understand the lyrics on this album, otherwise you won't understand it at all.
It is a beautiful work of a very talented, eh.., musician?
I could as well say that Lou Reed is a superb novelist here!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tim byrnes on March 29 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Berlin" is an unflinching look inti the darkest corners of the human soul/psyche. Over stunning orchestration and stellar production (by Bob Ezrin, who is for some reason more famous for producing "The Wall" than "Berlin") Lou Reed, the voice of cool neutrality, submits for our approval (or rejection, i somehow think it's all the same to Lou, and that our feelings and opinions matter not) the starkly delineated tale of two expatriate speedfreaks living in Berlin, and how they torture each other in a spiritually bankrupt vacuum of tympanis and violins, ghost choruses of sick angels and science-fiction doowop, and how the torture of ownership as love and s/m junkiedom leads inexorably to death. In this case her suicide is of course a literal death, but as the male half of this diseased equation wraps himself in the bloody sheets of her deathbed and declares himself good because "somebody else would have broken both of her arms", then we are left with the sound of the death of a spirit, the wasting of a soul, a sad song indeed.
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The "Citizen Kane" of rock and roll. It's that simple.
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