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  • Audio CD (Jan. 16 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002LGA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
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1. Romeo Had Juliette
2. Halloween Parade
3. Dirty Blvd.
4. Endless Cycle
5. There Is No Time
6. Last Great American Whale
7. Beginning Of A Great Adventure
8. Busload Of Faith
9. Sick Of You
10. Hold On
11. Good Evening Mr Waldheim
12. Xmas In February
13. Strawman
14. Dime Store Mystery

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Certified gold by the RIAA. (9/97)


After the best part of a decade spent adrift of past glories, Lou Reed looked to his immediate environment for inspiration and produced with his most acclaimed work since The Velvet Underground disbanded. The narrator of songs such as "Sunset Boulevard" and "Good Evening Mr Waldheim" though, couldn't be more different to the drug-addled nihilist who wrote "Waiting For The Man". In New York, drugs are still part of everyday life, but Reed's spleen is targeted at the forces responsible for such social malaise--none of which would matter, of course, were it not for the stripped down garage sound which substantially loosens the mood. Doubters may suggest we be spared from another reformed rebel turned concerned parent, but if there's anything objectionable about New York, it's the regrettable mullet hairstyle sported by its author--a far greater crime than any that recur in his lyrics. --Peter Paphides

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By A Customer on June 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
To all those too young during 1981-1989, too rich during that period to have a fair assessment, and those who during the Reagan funeral ceremony that lasted a week, look back with nostalgia to that "GREAT" period in American history, this is the WAKE UP call you NEED TO HEAR! Lou Reed reminds us of all the hell this country (New York specifically) was going through during the Reagan years. Ghetto life, drug addiction, psychos seeking fame, AIDS torn communities, starving children here and abroad and all we can think about in this country is another "million dollar rocket, another million dollar [movie] star".. This album RAILS and takes no prisoners, but it tends to be as somber and mournful at times than necessarily angry, although there is still plenty of anger as well. Although the last few songs ("Good Evening", "Dime Store Mystery") don't quite hold up to the unbelievable standard set at the beginning, this is still a classic that should be missed by no one, especially those of you with fond thoughts of that DARK period in U.S. history: 1981-1989.
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By A Customer on June 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is reed's most socially consious album to date,also the album is not overy-produced,and the arrangement's are not layered with alot of instrumentation and effects.Although his spoken word delivery is at a faster pace for those who are not overly familiar with Lou Reed,It may take repeated listening to catch ever phrase of every song on the album.It has a strong driving rock and roll feel to it on the faster numbers,However on the slower softer tracks,the band sounds more melodic.Some reviewers have not been so complimentary to Reed's lyrics,suggesting that he come's off sounding preachy and self-righteous,Instead he comes off giving an intimate portrait of the darker side of life.Reed could just as easily spoken of the affluence of new york city,given that he's not exactly a poor musician,But Reed has a strong sense of community,and a concern for all the downtrodden in society.He paints a mental picture in your mind of new york city,as well as urban conditions in most any large city.Reed has assembled a trio of musicians along with him including Mike Ratke on lead guitar,Rob Wasserman on upright bass and Fred Maher on drums,Which adds a backdrop to Reed's visual lyric's,However ,there are a couple of tracks on the album where Reed's lyrics seem to run off the page,Because the songs appear to be overwritten,and not simplified enough.Example:On "Dime store mystery",The duality of nature\Godly nature\human nature\ splits the soul\Fully human\fully divine and divided.The great immortal soul split into pieces\whirling pieces."The begining of a great adventure"
Some wizened toothless clod,some gibbering old fool,Some senile old fart suggest too many examples to describe himself as well as other events and situations.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 22 2002
Format: Audio CD
This collection of 14 sketches represents one of the most powerful song cycles of Reed's career. On New York he discusses the wider world rather than personal concerns for a change, and in the decaying but enchanting core of New York City, he found enough to sing about, like crime on "Romeo Had Juliette," the terrible impact of AIDS in "Halloween Parade," the tragedy and psychology of child abuse in the poignant "Endless Cycle," the plight of the homeless on "Xmas in February" and wrong priorities on the powerful rocker "Strawman, " where he actually sings with open throttle unlike most of the other tracks where he employs his talking-style delivery. Older themes are revisited too: "Dime Store Mystery" is a moving elegy to his former patron Andy Warhol. Not all the tracks are memorable though - "American Whale" and "Mr Waldheim" for example, are not up to the greatness of the rest of the album. In addition, due to the lack of any other but the basic rock instruments, the sound is not as varied as on some of his other classic albums. Neither is this Reed's most melodic work. However, the lyrics make up for that - in beautiful lines like "Caught between the twisted stars the plotted lines the faulty map that brought Columbus to New York", the poetry is full of sharp and lean images, driven by Rathke's guitar, Wasserman's bass and Maher's drums. This album is a beacon of literate, intelligent rock and amongst the top 5 of Reed's career.
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Format: Audio CD
Lou Reed is one of Rock's few real poets and this recording takes a hard but loving look at NYC. "Halloween Parade" speaks of the losses caused by Aids with a wistful voice that allows the listener to share in those lossses and be touched by them. "Dirty Blvd." and "Endless Cycle" cries out for children suffering at the hands of those who should protect them. Homeless vets ("Christmas in February", street romance ("Romeo had Juliette), and the chaos of New York in the 80's ("Hold On") are all parts of Reed's New York mosaic. There are hopeful songs as well ("beginning of a Great Adventure" "Busload of Faith") that gives a glimpse of a better future.
So why not 5 stars? Well Lou has a tendency to get a little preachy. The topical material like "Good Evening, Mr. Waldheim" which blasts Waldheim, The Pope, Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson and the PLO comes across as whine and more than a bit self-involved and "Sick of You" which rants against a number of things is just tedious...I guess I just get "Sick of It." (Sorry)"The Last Great American Whale" attempts to be a new myth but just seems endless. If 4 1/2 stars were an option I'd go that high but I feel in this case I'd rather round down. NEW YORK shows Reed at his best most of the time but the lows drag it down.
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