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Berlin [Original recording remastered]

Lou Reed Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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1. Berlin
2. Lady Day
3. Men Of Good Fortune
4. Caroline Says I
5. How Do You Think It Feels
6. Oh Jim
7. Caroline Says II
8. The Kids
9. The Bed
10. Sad Song

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Eternally perverse, Reed responded to having a pop hit with Transformer by making a massive bummer of an album, built around reworked versions of a couple of older songs. Berlin is psychologically grueling and unremittingly dark (scariest moment: "The Kids," which ends with a very long tape of children screaming in terror), but the savage contrasts of its sound have gotten more impressive with time. The big production flourishes hit like a hangover, Reed's voice sounds like he's trying to stave off emotional involvement with his lyrics because it would hurt too much, and the multi-layered textures of "Oh Jim" surge and recede like details of a nightmare. The album takes strength to hear, and rewards it. --Douglas Wolk

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LOU REED Berlin (1993 UK 10-track digitally remastered CD issue of the 1973 album includes Lady Day How To You Think It Feels and Oh Jim picture sleeve)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bleak, dark, depressing, great Jan. 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
pink floyds album the wall is usually said to be the singular most depressing album ever. and its true, it is an extremely depressing album. but this masterwork by lou reed completely changed my mind on that. i had heard about this album for a while, but was a little unsure if i wanted this album. i had heard it was extremely depressing, and i didn't want to get into a deep derpessing over the summer (i get depressed real easily). so i got some of lous other stuff like new york, transformer, and the blue mask, until i finally got up the courage to listen to this. well, the reviews were dead on, this album is extremely depressing. mr. reeds lyrics, and the song structuures, along with bob ezrins great production make this an extremely satisfing listen. although it takes great courage to listen to, you will be rewarded greatly. the title track starts it off, with a sort of avant garde begiining, while singing happy birthday to caroline, one of the albums main characters. lou sounds very alone on this song, accompanied by nothing but a piano that sounds like lounge jazz. lady day is a great song that i've always been trying to describe, but i can't. i get a feel from this song, along with the title track, that make me feel like i'm in some sort of drug induced tropical place, maybe berlin itself. i couldn't tell you, i've never been there. i had the great pleasure of seeing lou perform men of good fortune, along with the bed, and how do you think it feels, this summer while attending one of his concerts in phoenix. its a great song. caroline says 1 is probably the one song on this album i don't like. how do you think it feels has some very good guitar playing in it, courtesy of dick wagner. oh jim sounds extremely layered, and the drums at the beginning are very cool. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly sad, the shape of thought in our time Sept. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are a few albums that have some dreary songs I might recognize, but one that is so important, having the CD is the obvious way to get it. "Berlin" starts with a small cafe, `Oh Honey' kind of song that might be a relief for people who can't rock hard all the time. But this is a Lou Reed album, and the music starts pounding a bit more with, "I said No No No, Oh Lady Day" in the second song. Then the songs start to sound better and even intellectually interesting. "Men of Good Fortune" is a historical sociological study with a "Me, I just don't care at all" attitude, but with an inviting melody. "It takes money to make money, they say. . . . Anyway, makes no difference to me." Schopenhauer fans ought to understand this attitude toward beauty. When the music gets good, other elements of life might lose their significance. This is not the most convincing song on the album. Mostly it is a contrast between men of good fortune and men of poor beginnings who might mess things up just as much.
Pointy headed intellectuals spouting off on the obvious are sure to be the main grabbers of attention in the media which dominate a world in which every problem has an answer which is clear, direct, and wrong. Rock 'n' roll is just as bad. Lou Reed is a perfect example. People who want to know what the music on this album is like might be typical, superfluous superficialities produced by a nation of shoppers in a world of global spectators. "Caroline Says" is about some dramatic queen, with poor Lou Reed singing, "But of course, I thought I could take it all." Then she says she can't continue to be only mine, "but she's still my queen." I'm not rating the music very high on this song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender songs of tragedy and dispair Aug. 23 2003
By Phaede
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
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Solo Album July 19 2003
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Limp Dick? I Don't Think So ... June 11 2003
By Robert
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Berlin - Lou Reed - 1973
After the album Transformer had put Lou Reed into the mainstream music medium in 1972 (Thank you David Bowie! Read more
Published 14 months ago by SamusAranOwns
5.0 out of 5 stars Cycle of sorrowful songs
These songs are harrowing but beautiful and ultimately rewarding if you can survive its labyrinthine descent into heartbreak and despair. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2006 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
i won't go into detail on this album as many of the reviews have done a great job doing so.what i want to say about it is simply that as a piece of american art it should be looked... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars she's my germanic queen...
This album really makes you wish Lou Reed could bring himself to collaborate more often, or at least work with a producer. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not for the weak of heart or mind
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... Read more
Published on March 26 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Genius
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? Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2003 by Tom Garretson
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy Masterpiece
What is often overlooked in judging this bleak but great concept album, is the brilliance of the individual songs. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2002 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have!
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. Read more
Published on April 29 2002 by Alexander
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