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New York

4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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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 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Format: Audio CD
This is the "hidden treasure" of the 80's, for anyone who likes music with a message. Even if you don't look for messages, there's some great raving rockers here!
Song for song, the lyrics reveal an incredible landscape of social, political, economic, and more musings. New York City, the greatest city in the world, is used as a city representative of the world in all these facets. The spoken word is definitely the strength on this album, although I enjoy some of the guitar riffs as well.
True, if you're into gimmicky music or sing-along pop, you'll find nothing like that here. (Although I enjoy singing along to "Strawman" and "There is no time"). But if you just sit and listen to the words, you'll be drawn in. It may take you a few listens to start to appreciate it, that's what happened with me. As you listen more and more, you start to piece together what is being said and come to a full understanding .
It's definitely not a feelgood album! Bitter, sarcastic, accusing, very blunt . . .no parables here! Straight and to the point. At times even dryly humorous. You'll hear preachings on issues such as racism, wealth, greed, and violence to name just a few.
If you appreciate quality music and don't have this, get it. It's a classic!
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Format: Audio CD
Lou Reed is one of the godfathers of modern music without doubt, but he had a very hit and miss solo career after The Velvet Underground, he reminds me of Lennon McCartney in the way that they were just average without each other. The Velvet Underground were incredible together, but appart they were at best, good and usualy average. Lou Reed has produced some rubbish in his solo career but occasionaly "New York" "blue mask" "transformer" he gets the nail on the head and produces something great.
New York has some ripping tracks on it, some of them have the same urgency and encompasing get up and go that the VU years had like "busload of faith".
Straw Man is a huge track with so much pent up agression, Dirty Boulavard is in my oppinion one of the best social commentary tracks around.
If you loved The Velvet Underground you will like this, if you love this you must must must buy the Velvet Underground albums.
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