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Metal Machine Music [Limited Edition]

Lou Reed Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
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1. "Metal Machine Music, Part I"
2. "Metal Machine Music, Part II"
3. "Metal Machine Music, Part III"
4. "Metal Machine Music, Part IV"

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The jury's still out on whether Lou meant to intrigue, baffle or enrage his fans-and his label-with this infamous 1975 LP, a vortex of wordless white noise and feedback. It has its critics, but it has its devotees, too-including producer Steve Albini, Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo and many journalists-who cite it as the album that begat punk. This reissue features cool metallic-looking packaging, new liners and Lou's original liners!


Metal Machine Music !!! Lou Reed lui-même dit ne jamais l'avoir écouté jusqu'au bout ! Imaginez un groupe de rock dans un local de répé : ils décident de tout mettre à fond, enclenchent deux ou trois pédales trémolos et vont boire un café à la santé de feu Zorro qui plus jamais ne viendra leur régler la sono. Au bout de quelques secondes les murs du studio renvoient sans fin des vagues de bruit blanc inhumain qui finissent par créer un monde parallèle. Ainsi, vers 12'23'', vous entendez les hurlements d'une jeune fille, puis vers 12'39'' Jimi Hendrix termine une impro dans le soleil naissant de Woodstock et vers 12'45'' des bombardes turques jouent du Steve Reich... à l'envers ! Vous me direz que j'ai une imagination fertile. C'est vrai. La preuve ? Je suis sûr que certains d'entre vous attendent un pressage avec bonus tracks !!! --Hubert Deshouse

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambient for Rock Fans Sept. 9 2003
By owlberg
Format:Audio CD
You'll read many reviews here dismissing MMM as an elaborate joke Lou pulled on pretentious posers salivating over the implicate 'art' value of the atonal noise that encompasses the recording's 60+ minutes. Hell, if it's 'difficult', it's gotta be 'art', right? Haw haw haw... what a character, that Lou. Kudos for ripping off a bunch of morons by releasing the first coffee table record: an unlistenable conversation piece for decadent trendies. Right? RIGHT?
Um... WRONG.
If it were only that simple, to live in such a simpleton world. But anyone with a clue can easily figure out why MMM matters. If your aesthetic already included things such as Hendrix, the Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, and so on, this made perfect sense in context, as ambient music for people with noise-attuned ears (much like Eno's ambient does the same for those with pop-attuned ears). Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you want to hear something inspired by a malfunctioning record player set at a near-inaudible level in a hospital room (Eno) and sometimes you need a sound inspired by something a bit more substantial (Reed).
Of course, to those who don't share the above aesthetic, MMM simply means that you paid X amount of dollars to own and listen to what sounds like a bunch of guitars and amps being thrown down a very long flight of stairs, or (as someone said back when this was first issued), 'the soundtrack of someone being administered electro-shock therapy for an hour'. Perhaps... but those reviewers mincing and squealing about how this is such a 'rip-off' probably don't see much in Pollock but a bunch of splattered paint, or get a headache from trying to read "Finnegan's Wake".
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This album is going to attract many people as it will repel. You're not going to find anything that will have people praising highly or those spitting venomous bile.
Whether or not you can call this art, I don't know but at least and those who call it a joke are not too far off the mark. It's Lou Reed's idea of fun. And fun it may be for him but it takes a masochist to enjoy this. Listen to whatever side you want or even the full album if needs must.
But surprisingly this album actually has proved an inspiration for a generation of artists. You listen to Throbbing Gristle, SPK, Einsturzende Neubauten in their early years and you'll find pieces of MMM in their music ( or noise if you prefer to call it that way ). If you listen to Sonic Youth's Bad Moon Rising there's a part in the album where they play a 5 second snippet forwards and backwards. And of course there is the prima Japanese artists such as Merzbow who is much more harsher than this. If you Metal Machine Music is noise, just listen to Merzbow - THAT'S NOISE. I can only stomach one CD of Merzbow and that's similar in style to this one
Oh and by the way - if you've listened to the samples on Amazon it's pretty much like that all the way. Like it and want the album? Go ahead and buy it if you want. Feel the urge to kill Lou after hearing those samples? Try Coney Island Girl, that'll be more normal I reckon
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Record Of All Time! April 28 2004
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I don't know if the entire music-listening world is completely uneducated, utterly oblivious, or simply that much dumber than me, but how can anyone give this record less than a perfect score? For those fans of Brian Wilson and the lost (and now found) Beach Boys' masterpiece "SMiLE," you should be salivating over "MMM Part 2," which has harmonies obviously rivaling the Brian/Carl ones, as well as a bass line that could kick Mike Love's behind any day.
For fans of jam-based rock outfits like the Grateful Dead, Phish, or the String Cheese Incident, check out "MMM Part 4." For all the noodling Trey Anastasio does, he never quite gets to the point like Uncle Lou does, and the crescendo is phenomenal. Besides that, "MMMP4" makes Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber from the Dave Matthews Band sound like a Barbara Streisand/Kathy Lee Gifford duet.
Anyone who digs punk rock a la the Ramones or the Sex Pistols (or possibly even the Damned) should check out "MMM Part 3." It's got that catchy riff, one that Iggy Pop would've died for back in the early '70s, and even throws a bit of Bowie-esque glam in for good measure.
Finally, "MMM Part 1," perhaps the most ambitious piece on the whole record, is also quite easily the best. Uncle Lou draws on some of the great soul singers of the '60s and '70s--Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin--but creates a sound all his own. Pete Townshend would've given his little whirlybird thing that he does up just to be able to put this much soul into ANY of his songs (remember, Pete's the one who coined the phrase "Maximum R&B."
What's the matter? Can't hear the stuff I'm talking about? Oh, I understand. See, you need to turn the volume up. Louder. Louder! Now sit back and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get a clue, people Dec 1 2003
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I find it incredible that, in the year 2003, people still don't understand that some art cannot be appreciated passively. If there is one overarching trend in the history of 20th century art, it is a movement from an art of passive, one-way communication, toward an art that requires the audience to take part in the synthesis of meaning, and asks us to learn about ourselves.
Some art hands its meaning to you on a silver platter, predigested. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; I've got books and CDs full of this kind of art.
But there are certain artworks which will give you nothing if you don't actively engage them. These artworks throw the question of meaning back into the audience's lap. If you find no meaning in them, it doesn't necessarily reflect poorly on the artwork - it might reflect poorly on your own lack of imagination and intellect. Or maybe you're just not trying.
Sorry to sound like a snob here, but come on, people. This album's detractors admit that they don't understand what it's all about; why, then, do they feel qualified to pass judgement on it? Do they also feel qualified to be wine critics and financial advisors?
Believe it or not, just because you don't understand or appreciate something, doesn't mean that people who *do* are being pretentious. In fact, slinging around accusations like that just makes you sound like the sort of redneck who thinks it's "fancified" to drink imported beer instead of Coors Light. If you don't get it, fine, but don't be a jerk about it.
Better yet, find a good history of modern art. Study it well. Understand that art since 1900 has evolved myriad new modes of creation, perception, and cognition, and that you may not have learned about all of these through pop culture. If you still don't like it, more power to you, but at least then you'll know what you're talking about.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An Extra Star For Reed's Perseverance In Finishing This.
Reed "....summed it up quite pointedly in an interview in which he said, 'Well, anyone who gets to side four is dumber than I am.' "
He wrote some amazing music. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Will Bhe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! ... not for everyone
Let me just say that I love this album. One of my favorites. It takes music, not just rock'n'roll, to a noisy limit. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2009 by Sebastien Lamarre
1.0 out of 5 stars The best part of the album is the lyrics...
...and there aren't any.
Published on Nov. 1 2005 by Terry Rudden
1.0 out of 5 stars Two reasons NOT to buy this album
If you listen to the samples and read the reviews, you should be wise enough not to buy this horrible baboonshine of an album. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by vidar
5.0 out of 5 stars Made For Smack Heads
The only reason Lou Reed made this record was to give smack heads something to listen to while they were "feeling like jesus son". Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Darragh O'Neill
1.0 out of 5 stars It really is just noise.
I own half of this original double album on vinyl. Thankfully I got it for free, because I might have otherwise bought it, being a big Lou Reed fan. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by pg94au
5.0 out of 5 stars sssssssssssscccccccccccrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeaaaach
I love part 1 and 3. Part 2 seems a little formulated and part 4 is so sappy that I feel like I am listening to the Carpenters. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by "torchme1"
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!
Horible! Avoid this album at all costs! And just for the record for the so called "fan" who gave this a better rating than Death's albums, THIS ALBUM IS NOT DEATH METAL,... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Greg N
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the album that got me through college
This music is inspirational. I would play it at parties to set the tone. Listen to it and you'll find zen inner peace.
Published on Nov. 28 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Ow, quit it.
Ow, quit it. Ow, quit it. Ow, quit it. Ow, quit it. Ow, quit it. Ow, quit it. Ow, quit it. Ow, quit it. Ow, quit it. Ow, quit it.
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by David Kenner
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