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Legendary Hearts [Import]

Lou Reed Audio CD
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. BMG. 2006.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Reed July 22 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a much leaner album than its predecessor Blue Mask, utilizing traditional 4-chord rock with hummable tunes to explore similar themes. The title track deals with love and its complications as does Bottoming Out with its dark edges hinting at frustration and a longing to escape: "I am that bike at that fat pothole/Beyond that underpass."

Alcoholism surfaces in this track and again in The Last Shot: "When you quit you quit/But you always wish that/You knew it was your last shot." Make Up Mind is a lovely, swaying ballad with a hypnotic chorus surfacing towards the end, while Turn Out The Light has Reed's echoic vocal over a moody guitar riff, like a miniature snatch of Street Hassle.

But the highlight of the album is Betrayed, a chilling vignette from the bedroom: "Three of us lie in this bed/Night of infamy/Her father's in her head/And quick she turns and slaps my face ..."

Rooftop Garden ends the album on a more optimistic note with its description of domestic bliss - it is High In The City (from New Sensations) without the threat of violence. I don't think Legendary Hearts did well when released in the early 1980s, but in retrospect it is a very good album and a pointer to his well-received New York classic later that decade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For once, I agree with the others... June 18 2003
By JBM
Format:Audio CD
This is a really *GOOD* Lou Reed album. Its not his best, but it has the same band that served him so well on THE BLUE MASK (which is probably as close to the top of how great a Lou Reed record can get). There isn't the same nicely balanced - wild interplay between Reed and Quine on guitar here as on Blue Mask. Lou tends to bury Quine's guitar in the mix more on this one which might account for some of the overall tameness here. Strangely, the only thing I would add here is my favorite tracks are the title track and "Martial Law" which is a simple enough 3 chord (I-IV-I-V) progression that the band just absolutely cooks on, and Lou gives a hilariously cocky NYPD first-person vocal. It's one of Lou's best uptempo songs of this period, IMHO. This album will sound (in retrospect) more like slight step back from the pure live 2 guitar workouts of the BLUE MASK to the studio polish and more dominant use to define the sound of keyboard/bass is NEW SENSATIONS and MISTRIAL period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites of the eighties Oct. 17 2000
By J. Kruppa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Lou Reed may not be everyone's cup of tea, but those who have warmed to his flat, half-spoken singing, terse guitar playing and the poetic insights that have typified his style since the early eighties could do little better than to own a copy of "Legendary Hearts" (1983). This is Lou Reed at his most focused: newly sober and reveling in his ability to write and play about his personal experiences in such a direct, conversational manner that it seems as though he is a very good friend who has come over for an evening and is telling you about what he's been going through lately.
Confessional writing is a tricky thing in that it can be embarassing for the artist if done poorly and can indulge a listener's most voyeuristic tendencies even when done well. It is Reed's sense of humility in many of these songs, though, that saves them from bathos. Some of his best writing is to be found here, specifically the title track, which nails a profound (really, I'm not kidding, it's profound) truth about love and the way we see ourselves, all of which is accomplished in three and a half minutes. Much of the self-reflection found on this album came as the result of therapy and Alcoholics Anonymous; anyone who has ever invested time in either will find something familiar in "Make Up My Mind," "The Last Shot," "Betrayed" and "Bottoming Out," the last of which takes a pass at self-destruction and anger with a clear-eyed poise that few songwriters (or the rest of us, for that matter) can manage.
These are heavy subjects, make no mistake, but the tight ensemble playing (two guitars, drums and Fernando Saunders' singing fretless bass lines) makes the best of these songs move so that you can tap your foot while Reed is passing on his little revelations. (One thinks that Phil Spector would be proud, too: the way the album is mixed, it's almost in mono, which gives the songs quite a punch.) Songwriters who aim for depth within the confines of the rock song take note: "Legendary Hearts" is a model of precision, both well-observed and heartfelt. Put it on and turn it up - it may give you something to think about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do not overlook this one! March 22 2000
By Jorge M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You may wonder why you never heard anything about this album. And you may think that by the fact it was made in the 80's there's a huge possibilitie of it being a piece of crap. You know it happened with David Bowie and Iggy Pop... Well the good news is that this album is good and at the same time pretty unknown. What are the odds, huh?
It's Lou Reed at his best. The songs are personal and extremely focused. You can't find the real gems of this album in any compilation so let me tell you what you'll miss if you overlook this album:
. Legendary Hearts - the title track is one of Lou's best lyrics and is extremely well sung. Irresistable tune too!
. Make up my mind - in the same vein as "legendary hearts". Lou in a romantic mood and as always NY on the background.
. The last shot - Lou's hymn for the drunk. Rock and roll and comedy hand in hand. This track rocks!
. Betrayed . Home of the brave . Rooftop garden
These 3 tracks are the emotional centerpiece of this album. If you liked the NY album you'll want to listen to these tracks. Lou storyteller at his best. Please don't let this album gather dust at Amazon's shelves. I promise you that this cd will stay for many weeks on your cd player. Yes it's that addictive!
P.S: i usually don't give 5 stars lightly so don't be fooled by the 4 stars i gave to this cd. When i give 4 stars i'm basically saying that this is an outstanding album. 5 stars would be mind blowing!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth 5 Stars for The Last Shot alone... April 23 2005
By Coleen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of Lou's VERY best 80's albums - I think it's way better than BLUE MASK. The best song on the album is the drug song, The Last Shot. It is extremely powerful! But the whole album is great Lou! Don't understand why it's not available!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Hearts Nov. 11 2007
By W. Nalle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Legendary Hearts was part of a post-70's creative rejuvenation for Lou Reed that started with The Blue Mask, continued with Legendary Hearts and would keep going with New Sensations. Legendary Hearts may be as close to a country album as Lou Reed has put out - not in terms of twang, but in the way the album presents Lou and his songs simply and straight ahead, with no theatrics. The band is great (including the late Robert Quine on one guitar), and the songs are handled with a beautiful understatement and musicianship. The lyrics are as hard-hitting as on any Lou Reed album (especially "Betrayed"), but they're also quirky, personal, and, well, unique to Lou Reed. "The Last Shot" is a rather harrowing drinking song, "Pow Wow" is a goofball take on love, "Bottoming Out" is a motorcyle song regarding a child bride and rage... the album's a true "singer songwriter" work, without pretension. In some ways it's my favorite Lou Reed album.
A note on the Japanese "Paper Sleeve Collection" import - the CD package is a minature version of the way the original album was sold, which is nice if you bought the original way back when, as I did, but no longer have the LP.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reed at his best July 23 2007
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a much leaner album than its predecessor Blue Mask, utilizing traditional 4-chord rock with hummable tunes to explore similar themes. The title track deals with love and its complications as does Bottoming Out with its dark edges hinting at frustration and a longing to escape: "I am that bike at that fat pothole/Beyond that underpass."

Alcoholism surfaces in this track and again in The Last Shot: "When you quit you quit/But you always wish that/You knew it was your last shot." Make Up Mind is a lovely, swaying ballad with a hypnotic chorus surfacing towards the end, while Turn Out The Light has Reed's echoic vocal over a moody guitar riff, like a miniature snatch of Street Hassle.

But the highlight of the album is Betrayed, a chilling vignette from the bedroom: "Three of us lie in this bed/Night of infamy/Her father's in her head/And quick she turns and slaps my face ..."

Rooftop Garden ends the album on a more optimistic note with its description of domestic bliss - it is High In The City (from New Sensations) without the threat of violence. I don't think Legendary Hearts did well when released in the early 1980s, but in retrospect it is a very good album and a pointer to his well-received New York classic later that decade.
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