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Ecstasy Import

4.1 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 4 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00004S4P9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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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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Import pressing of his 2000. Warner.

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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By A Customer on April 3 2004
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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By A Customer on May 31 2001
Format: Audio CD
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. The title track is by far the best, a deeply moody song that would've made Nick Drake cower. "Mad" is Reed at his best: paranoid, confrontational and mean, yet still with a sense of humor. "Paranoia key of E," rocks like anything off of 1989's New York album, and "rock minutet" with Lori Anderson harkens back to those VU days of yore, without retreading the same ground.
too much has been made of the failed experiment 'like a possum.' I won't even bother to criticize it..the man is an artist, so everything is more experimental than the stuff on the radio...if he fails, it's still better than boy bands. the highs are higher and lows lower than anything else..that's what happens when you try. so just press the skip button on your cd when 'like a possum' comes up, and smile because it's still an amazing release from a man that should be cited much more often than John Lennon for his influence on so many, many, many musicians.
way to go, Lou.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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