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Coney Island Baby [Original recording remastered]

Lou Reed Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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1. Crazy Feeling
2. Charley's Girl
3. She's My Best Friend
4. Kicks
5. A Gift
6. Ooohhh Baby
7. Nobody's Business
8. Coney Island Baby
9. Nowhere At All
10. Downtown Dirt
11. Leave Me Alone
12. Crazy Feeling
13. She's My Best Friend
14. Coney Island Baby

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No one knew what to expect from Lou after Sally Can't Dance and the perplexing Metal Machine Music . What they got was the best batch of Lou Reed songs in years, and this edition adds unissued bonus rehearsal tracks cut in '75 with VU bassist Doug Yule! They join the title classic; Kicks; Crazy Feeling , and the rest of this timeless rock gem.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best. March 29 2014
Format:Audio CD
And all your two-bit friends
have gone and ripped you off
They're talking behind your back saying, man
you're never going to be no human being
And you start thinking again
'bout all those things that you've done
And who it was and what it was
and all the different things you made every different scene

Ahhh, but remember that the city is a funny place
Something like a circus or a sewer
And just remember different people have peculiar tastes
and the -

- Glory of love, the glory of love
the glory of love, might see you through
yeah, but now, now
Glory of love, the glory of love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time....... Dec 2 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to objectively review a CD (or should I say album) that I had so much attachment to in college. Being a big Lou Reed fan then, this album to me was clearly on par with Berlin and Transformer as soon as I heard it, yet it is so different than both of those efforts.
Definitely Reed's most "accesible" album, this is the one to own if you are not familiar with him. His vocals seem to meld perfectly with the very economic instrumentations - the songs give the illusion of being very "acoustic" even though there is still a healthy dose of electric guitar present (think Mark Knopfler).
Emotionally a 5-star CD, but realistically not all the songs are up to that level. I suppose 25 years has done something to musical tastes - there aren't as many kicks in "Kicks", for example (a song about murdering for the thrill of it), and actually, the title track (Coney Island Baby) does sound a bit sappy now, as pretty as it is. "Ooohh Baby" is a throw-away, and "Nobody's Business" is good, but not great. The rest of the cuts ARE great (still today!), easily worth the price of the CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist's Masterpiece June 2 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting to note that Coney Island Baby came out in the fall of 1975, just months after Metal Machine Music.... Coney Island Baby is perhaps Lou's finest solo album along with the fantastic Street Hassle. All the tracks on this album are fantastic, no weak cuts anywhere. Crazy Feeling starts it off with a bang, just a story about a guy lookin for love, be it a beautiful girl or be it a transvestite, in good old NYC.... This particular cut of She's My Best Friend is outstanding; it definately beats the old VU version. Kicks is one of those Reed ballads in the tradition of Heroin and Street Hassle. Kicks has a great beat, and even better lyrics. I enjoy listening about a hitman who murders as a means of getting his kicks, especially when its in a swanky restaurant. This is definately one of the best Reed songs of all time. A Gift is one of those funny songs where Lou pretends to be something he isn't. Oooohhh Baby was a nice doo-wop. Great storyline, about "the kind of girl that everyone's been worried about", a stripper in Times Square. Nobody's Business is a soft song, placed well in between a fast paced song and a love poem. Coney Island Baby is the gem of the album. Pale Blue Eyes was once the Masterpiece; it has since been overthrown by this ballad. The opening was interesting. I liked the way Lou used football as the imagery to describe the meaness one encounters growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn. "Cause you know somethin' man, you gotta stand up straight or else you're gonna fall. Then you're gonna die." The best part about this track is Lou's "tell it like is" style. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The glory of love will see you through. July 31 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting to think that this is the album that Lou Reed made directly following "Metal Machine Music". He must've really gotten something out of his system, because "Coney Island Baby" still stands as one of his most beautiful achievements. Reed has rarely seemed so genuinely interested in having his voice and spirit heard as clearly as he does on this outstanding statement of renewal.
The songs are all first-rate, from the sublime title cut to the harrowing imagery of "Kicks". Reed's signature lyrical touches abound, even on the sunnier songs, like "Charley's Girl" ("I said 'If I ever see Sharon again/I'm gonna punch her face in'") and "Crazy Feeling" ("And you, you really are a queen/And I know 'cause I've made the same scene"). "She's My Best Friend" - a leftover from the Velvet Underground days - is totally at home on this disc, which Lester Bangs once jokingly referred to as "Lou, the Moonlight and You".
That wouldn't have been such a bad title, actually. The tender side of one of rock's greatest voices is the focus, with Reed delivering possibly his best vocal performance ever. With its spare, understated arrangements that give his musings the necessary room to breathe, "Coney Island Baby" is a real jewel in Reed's catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Lou's Best Solo Album! May 16 2000
Format:Audio CD
Coney Island Baby is an incredible album. It even can be compared to some of the Velvet's albums. In my opinion, it beats out Transformer as his most accesible album. Personally, I don't care if Lou's albums are commercially accesible or not. This album, however, is just a great album. Crazy Feeling starts off the album great. It lets you know that this going to be one of his happier albums. Charley's Girl is another great song. The version of She's My Best Friend is just as good as the original version that the Velvets did. Kicks is possibly the best song on the album. It is an edgy, fast paced song in the tradition of Heroin. A Gift, Ooohhh Baby and Nobody's Business are all great songs. Coney Island Babey is an incredible song. It is one of Reed's best ballads since Pale Blue Eyes. This album is really great. It is a great starting place for those who want to give Lou a try, which I highly reccomend doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Coney Island Baby" is a masterpiece
"Coney Island Baby" is an amazing creation. It is the most unexpected piece of work. The song begins with Lou Reed rapping about football, and ends with him shouting... Read more
Published on March 20 2000 by skylark_79
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Lou
emotional highs and strange vibes...
his best work of note for commercial and modern times. you will enjoy the wrapped warpings
Published on Dec 20 1999 by Gary Ostreicher
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB
Where several Lou Reed albums are uneven and leave something to be desired (I happen to love 'em all, though), Coney Island Baby is magnificient from beginning to end. Read more
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