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Transformer [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Lou Reed Audio CD
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This sophomore release by the Velvet Underground cofounder has long been hailed as one of the key touchstones of the punk and alternative eras that followed it. Reinforcing the literary adage to "write what you know," Reed paints an alternately detached/debauched portrait of the drag-and-drugs-infused underground of Warhol's New York, a place, time, and mindset so compelling it has largely overshadowed the rest of the singer-songwriter's mercurial career. That the album would also give Reed an unlikely Top 20 pop hit via the teasing, twisted sexuality of "Walk on the Wild Side" is but one of its deep, rewarding ironies. Indeed, as produced by David Bowie and guitarist and cohort Mick Ronson at the height of their own Ziggy Stardust fame, Reed's songs are cast in a seductive cabaret setting that's more Jacques Brel than Lower East Side. This 30th-anniversary edition features two unreleased acoustic demos ("Hangin' 'Round," "Perfect Day"), a vintage radio spot by announcer and word-jazz cult fave Ken Nordine, and a new illustrated booklet and perceptive essay by Michael Hill. --Jerry McCulley

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LOU REED Transformer (2002 UK 30th Anniversary Edition 13-track digitally remastered picture CD album featuring 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks - acoustic demo versions of Hangin Around and Perfect Day picture sleeve - still sealed)

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Lou's most popular solo album June 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Transformer (1972.) Lou Reed's second solo album.
Following the disbandment of the Velvet Underground, frontman Lou Reed started a solo career. Although his self-titled 1972 solo debut didn't really add anything special to his name, it was still an excellent album, even if many people overlooked and/or bash it needlessly. Later in 1972, Reed began recording his second solo album, Transformer. And with the glam rock uprising, who better to produce the album than the king of glam rock himself, David Bowie, along with his guitarist Mick Ronson? Before 1972 came to a close, Transformer hit stores. How does it measure up? Read on and find out!
This is Lou Reed's most popular album, period. And the reason it has earned that reputation is due to a single song - but it's a damn good song. Walk On The Wild Side, Reed's ode to drag queens, is one of the finest songs ever recorded that managed to crack the top twenty on the charts. But, as with any artist, there is more to Reed than just the hits. As the album progresses, Reed serves up a variety of songs - no two of them sound exactly alike. David Bowie produced this album, and you can see his influence in many a place on here - he even does some backing vocals! It's also interesting to note that one of the bass players on this album is none other than Klaus Voorman. Voorman is best known for playing bass on several of the former Beatles' solo albums, as well as for drawing the Beatles Revolver album cover. Through and through, Transformer is an excellent album, but it starts to weaken as it draws to a close. Many of the songs featured near the end of the album sound too much like David Bowie circa 1967, and if you've listened to David Bowie's self-titled solo debut album from that year, you know that that's not really a good thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear it again -- RIP Lou Reed Nov. 17 2013
By JR
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Lou Reed's recent passing reminded me that I hadn't heard this album for far too long. Timeless stuff, with a couple of extra demos for interest. RIP Lou Reed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed June 22 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Much better music then I expected but I was a bit let down on the remastering... It's pretty quiet compared to many other remasters from this time period. Strong solo effort for Mr. Reed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not happy with the shipper. April 15 2014
By Mike
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
LP was a little warped. Still sounds fine, but wasn't too impressed with that. Whoever holds on to these records should really keep them in a cool, dry place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have. Nov. 1 2013
By Doug
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Check it out this is classic that will never be repeated, a must for any music junkie. Sound is great. Thanks Doug.
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3.0 out of 5 stars wade on the mild side Feb. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
Listening to the demo takes included on this remeastered edition reveals the degree to which Transformer's released state actually drains Reed's music of its inherent energy, turning his intense, frank, driven, incisive tunes into fey, twee, cabaret-sounding stuff. Given Reed's subject matter, I suppose the cabaret sound (reflected in clunky, halting drums and kitschy oompa-rhythms) is actually fitting, but only in a conceptual way, not as an actual listening experience. That leaves us with embarassing lyrics with a fetish for toes and noses. The released version of "Perfect Day," for example, carries nothing of the directness or fervor of the demo, foisting instead a half-hearted holiday that comes off as almost apologetic. Such treatment doesn't make the songs more frank but rather listless. Compare the lifeless "Satellite of Love" on Transformer with the rich, resonating version at the end of the fantastic Velvet Underground box set, and you'll what I mean.
Though the album production obviously includes far more instruments than Reed's spare demos, the final album actually sounds underproduced in comparison, sort of hollow and spongy. The sole exception is "Walk on the Wild Side," the song Transformer will forever be known for, and the song with the fullest, frankest exploration of sexual freedom. This song gets the fullest, most complimentary soundscape--that suave constant bass line rilling underneath the brushed drums, and then one of rock's coolest sax solos. If this means that my theory about the purposely frumpy cabaret sound is mistaken, that the record's producers (who included David Bowie) really had no stable conception for Reed's music, then the album is even worse than I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Velvet Underground Masterpiece Jan. 22 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lou Reed's seminal post-Velvet Underground album was produced by David Bowie. Every song is a masterpiece. "Perfect Day" and "Satellite of Love" are two of the most beautiful love songs ever written by Reed. While there are other albums of Reed's that are brilliant, none match Transformer in its narrative thread and glam-rock splendor. The album evokes a period and setting -- downtown NYC in the early 1970s including Andy Warhol's Factory scene and Max's Kansas City -- with wit and humor. Each song is a short story of mood and character. Transformer is as fresh and unique now as it was when it was released. Get the remastered version. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Theatre June 7 2008
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
On this legendary album, Reed celebrates Andy Warhol and his 15-minute of fame stars in a variety of styles partly influenced by David Bowie. The new edition includes two extra tracks, acoustic versions of Hanging Round and Perfect Day. The informative insert includes illustrations and an essay on the history of Reed and the significance of this album.

Transformer is a type of decadent cabaret comparable to Bowie's Aladdin Sane, but less bleak, more colourful and life-affirming. Reed proved himself to be a master of many styles, from the compelling rock of Walk On The Wild Side through the tender and tuneful pop of Satellite Of Love to the dreamy Perfect Day, a haunting poetic excursion.

Other highlights include the edgy rocker Vicious with its hypnotic melody and sarcastic/ironic lyrics (an attitude that would soon infuse punk and new wave), the quirky New York Telephone Conversation, the energetic Hanging Round and the stately Goodnight Ladies. The songs are highly descriptive of a time, a place and a mindset whilst the music is powerful and elegant.

The stylistic variety renders Transformer compelling throughout while not detracting from the cohesion, making it a great piece of musical theatre. Devoted followers would agree that it does not reveal the complete Reed, as he has been so prolific and his oeuvre encompasses a much larger spectrum. But as a document of the middle seventies, it remains superb, an essential album for all serious rock fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slice of glam, loads of NY attitude and heroin chic
What kind of scene might the world of avant gard music if not for the wonderful inventions of Lou Reed and Velvet Underground. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by craig a.
5.0 out of 5 stars the undisputed champion of lou reed albums.
Argubably better than his first musical effort lou reed reached his peak on transformer. maybe the album was as good as it was simply because bowied pruduced it. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by chode
4.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed da en el blanco, con una "pequeña" ayuda
¿Que hubiese pasado con Transformer sin la ayuda de David Bowie y Mick Ronson? Imposible saberlo, pero seguramente las cosas hubiesen sido muy diferentes. Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by "jaimeurrutia"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Lou Reed
This is a great recording by a very interesting artist... definitely one of the best lyric writers in rock and roll. Read more
Published on April 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds From The Streets Of New York
Lou Reed's music on Transformer seems to bring out the inner city vibe of New York City. Lou's imagery is quite intriguing if a bit quirky as he introduces you to the many... Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by G. J Wiener
4.0 out of 5 stars remastered?
OK, I'm not here to further illuminate the highlights of this 70's classic, but to warn those who may be looking to replace their earlier CD release. Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by Prof. Slidewell
3.0 out of 5 stars Lets get very real
I heard an interview with Lou Reed today in Sydney, if you could call it an interview.Mostly Lou sounded like he was completely offended by the low IQ of the interviewer. Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by Sydney Dude
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