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Ecstasy [Import]

Lou Reed Audio CD
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1. Paranoia Key Of E
2. Mystic Child
3. Mad
4. Ecstasy
5. Modern Dance
6. Tatters
7. Future Farmers Of America
8. Turning Time Around
9. White Prism
10. Rock Minuet
11. Baton Rouge
12. Like A Possum
13. Rouge
14. Big Sky

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As founder-member of the Velvet Underground, anything Lou Reed does is shadowed by that massively influential band--but since his eponymous solo debut Reed has gone his own way. Real commercial success came with 1972's Transformer, and critical acclaim followed in 1973 with Berlin. Subsequently, his solo career has been patchy, but Ecstacy is certainly on a par with his 1989 masterpiece New York. For all his innovation with the Velvets, Reed is, at heart, a rock & roll animal--utilising guitars, bass and drums and refusing to bow to modern styles. The material here is by turns intriguing (the title track, "Modern Dance", "Big Sky"), infuriating (the 18 minute "Like A Possum") and enchanting ("Baton Rouge"); but with his gritty, no-nonsense delivery and lyrics fashioned from hard-boiled American fiction, Reed never fails to involve the listener. --Patrick Humphries

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LOU REED Ecstasy (2000 US 14-track CD album including Mystic Child Modern Dance and Turning Time Around picture sleeve - still sealed)

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5.0 out of 5 stars More anguish than ecstasy Oct. 25 2008
Format:Audio CD
This edition of the 1999 album Ecstasy includes a second disc, a live album recorded at a festival in London.

The mid-tempo rocker Paranoia Key of E opens the album, closer to his talking than his singing style, a love song of dreams & nightmares. On the next, Mystic Child, he sings! Impressive guitar work with stylistic shifts, an urgent beat and passionate vocals make it great.

Mad, about domestic strife, has an interesting, jazzy arrangement, whilst the title track, contrary to its title, is a subdued number in slow tempo, giving impressions of New York with some personal reminiscences. Another song in this style is Tatters - poetic lyrics but not much of a tune.

Modern Dance is a ballad, mostly tender but containing highly melodic segments with driving guitars over a lilting beat. As the song progresses, lovely backing vocals join in to make it sublime. The fierce Future Farmers of America blazes like a comet over the hitherto mostly quiet landscape. Once again Lou sings, the guitars roar and the melody is gripping and memorable.

Then comes one of Reed's most delicate and melancholy songs, Turning Time Around. This one is in the league of Perfect Day and Satellite of Love. What a magical composition with its tender tune, stirring lyrics and sensitive delivery! O by the way, it's about how to properly designate love & mentions Harry, family, lust and the heart's hieroglyphic.

Rock Minuet is a tour de force, a sort of short Street Hassle for the late 1990s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERHAPS LOU'S BEST EVER... April 3 2004
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Format:Audio CD
"Mad", "Ecstacy", "Tattered", 3 of the best Lou Reed songs ever, and they're all right here on this album alongside other invaluable treasures. I was fortunate enough to see Lou live a very short while after this album was released. Luckily, I had bought the album and became very familiar with it. He basically played this entire album and then a few encores at the end. I honestly think there were about 10 people in the audience who enjoyed the show because they didn't know any of this new stuff he was playing. I just sat there and smiled and watched one of the best concerts I had ever seen, and I've seen Pink Floyd, the Stones, and The Who, among many others. If you like "Walk on the Wild Side", and "Sweet Jane", because you hear them on the radio, don't bother with this album, it probably won't do anything for you. If however, the word "classic" means not how much it's played on the radio, but rather, if the music really connects with you in some way, then by all means get this album, I guarantee you will not regret it. Again, I honestly feel that this may be Lou's finest album ever, this coming from the man who did "Berlin" and "Transformer".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Velvet Quality Jan. 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you know you like latter-day Reed, you ought to buy this. I did, after listening to Magic & Loss about a thousand times, and I find this to be even better as it takes on really tougher emotional territory (can be a bit edgey to listen to), moves through more subtle variations in music and contains one of those true over the side masterpieces that make an album worth buying anyway, Like a Possum. Reed's way too old and the song's way too long to ever become a classic except for people who dig in. The title piece is a brilliant, self-contained and hard-edged piece of Brazilian rock. The rest goes all over the place, but almost all of it (it dips a bit in the middle) gets behind you and pushes, energizes. In the best tradition of Lou Reed, the lyrics and beats both toy with and threaten the banal, the bathetic, and somehow get delivered with just the right energy that informs with the power of the emotionally raw. Where the line is between the raw and bathos probably is more a matter of the listener's quality of attention than anything else, but mine, apparently, is right for this music. If you've been traditionally able to let Reed move you, I'd buy this one RIGHT NOW. I love it, and my marriage doesn't even suck.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OHHHH HOWLING AT THE MOON March 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was VERY disapointed with this record when i put it on. Lou has experienced something of a renaisance in past years. from the mid 80s which saw a very tired MOR approach from the once cutting edge rock and roller he re-emerged as the wise man sage of New York to release a string of some of his finest work. Set the twilight reeling and MAGIC AND LOSS are two of his finest pieces. But then there is this. what a stale dirge of a record. the music is plodding and dull. the voice sounds tired and out of shape. I cannot sit through this in one sitting. it just sounds put together for the sake of releasing something. The only song on this record which is worth buying this record for is BATON ROUGE. irony of irony that one of Lou's most beautiful songs, one of his most emotive and poignant songs is buried in a poo sandwhich. Baton Rouge has Lou singing in a tired but FEELING way, the old man looking at his life with a bittersweet regret. its kinda the sequel to Coney Island Baby in its tone I guess. Its a 5 star song on a 2 star record so i split the difference and gave the lp 3 stars. Im sorry. I really do LOVE Lou. He is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. I WANTED to like this record. But i just CANT.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Observation
With the total stereo separation between the guitar tracks, "Possum Day" sounds like Metal Machine Music slowed down. Not a bad thing, not a good thing. Read more
Published on April 22 2003 by M. Aranda
5.0 out of 5 stars I CAN'T STOP LISTENING!!
Lou has done it again!! I have been hooked ever since purchasing this CD. I even wake up at night singing his verses. Read more
Published on July 10 2001 by ROBERT M. STJOHN
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
much better than the previous (as well as perfect night: live) Ecstasy may be Lou Reed's closest approximation to mid 70's works like Coney Island Baby. Read more
Published on May 31 2001 by "spaceman5"
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
Very good as always, but cannot be compared with "NEW YORK", which is a masterpiece.
Published on March 20 2001 by Gergellor
4.0 out of 5 stars Moments of pure brilliance
Lou Reed's Ecstasy marks the return to form for the venerable rocker, who has existed in the business for over 35 years. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2001 by M. Packham
4.0 out of 5 stars one of Reed's best solo works!
Ecstasy, Lou's first studio disc since 1996's subdued Set The Twilight Reeling, takes a serious and unique look at the dissolving of relationships. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2000 by Edward Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars so much for love
So on the Blue Mask love and marriage are at war with Lou's demons. 20 years later love and marriage have become his demons. So much for love and relationships here. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2000 by aquabug
5.0 out of 5 stars Gastly Gary is a weenie
Lou's best work in years. Lou Reed's certainly is a nasty little disfunctional piece of merde but if you can get by that then the lyrics and the music are powerfully beautiful.
Published on Oct. 13 2000 by Henri
5.0 out of 5 stars lou's best
mr. reed lives in that rarefied atmosphere populated by the likes of the rolling stones, david bowie, van morrison, bob dylan... y' know, those guys. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2000 by electroncloud
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