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Sally Can't Dance Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (March 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0012GN08U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb424bd2c) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb887ba4c) out of 5 stars Sally Can't Dance No More Feb. 2 2010
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You really have to wonder with his lifestyle being so much a part of his music how Lou Reed managed to survive to this day. Heroin,electroshock therapy,trashy celebrity intrigue and most of all transexual imagry have always been a part of his whole persona as much as it had been during his Velvet Underground days-whether it be staged "living art" or genuine. As always the one thing you'll find about Lous is that his melodies and musicianship is as bright and professional as it is rebellious and attituded. Obviously Transformer worked very much in his favor in many ways so needless to say he's checking what he liked about that,what he liked about Berlin and basically elected to combine them into it's own album. Because of the fact the songs on this album have such musical accessability some say it was a bit of a sell out but there's no question;he's still Lou Reed and his whirlwind of often disturbing lyrical imagry is very much intact. "Ride Sally Ride","Stars" and "Ennui" all manage to be very boignant sounding,driven driven caberet rock style balladry all again and maintain that high production quality as well along with the heavy use of sax throughout all the songs and appearances by David Bowie,Steve Winwood and many others. The facts of the matter are that this album is a little more heavy on the production actually but in a different way then you might suspect. Very much as the Rolling Stones were doing during this period Lou Reed was discovering how to bring the sounds of R&B/funk into his music which was already jazz inflected because of that caberet influence so the rock 'n soul kind of sound beefing up cuts like "Animal Language","Baby Face","Stars",the bonus track "Good Taste" and even the rockier "Kill Your Sons" does add the right kick for that sort of thing. The title song is really driving funk as a matter of fact-a single version presented here interestingly enough cuts out many of the heavy sex and drug references of the album version. This is not surprising considering how heavily censored "Walk On The Wild Side" had been when that came out. "Billy" is one of Lou's more tender songs as a solo artist as he examines two schoolyard charms who grow up,take vastly different directions and ironically the character of Billy-thought to be the more ambitious of the two goes to Vietnam and returns messed up in the head. The message we're left with his who got the better deal in life and we're....as Lou often does left at an unresolved stalemate. This album isn't as recognized as many of Lou Reed's mid 70's solo albums and perhaps some of that has to do with the fact it's often thought to be something reaching all too intentionally for commercialism:it isn't. It's just a great funk rock style album with a lot of glam flavors that,despite it's darker imagry sat very well with other funk/glam projects by Bowie,T Rex and even the Stones during this period.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3faf564) out of 5 stars Much like Transformer July 23 2007
By Peter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
More often than not I disagree with the critics' assessment of Lou Reed albums. There are some great melodic songs here, like the poignant Billy that tells the story of a childhood friend, the fierce Kill Your Sons (an autobiographical narrative of psychiatric shock treatment), the title track with its nervous but gripping rhythm, and New York Stars which is reminiscent of tracks like New York Conversation and Vicious from Transformer.

Just like on the latter album, an atmosphere of decadence pervades the work. Sure, the attitude is cheap, nasty and cynical (except on Billy) but it works in the context and Lou uses his best singing voice here for a change. The arrangements are fine and the music is very accessible overall. Those who like albums like Transformer and Berlin should find enough to appreciate on Sally Can't Dance. This reissue has been enhanced by the addition of 2 tracks.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4174e1c) out of 5 stars RIP LOU We will miss you! Oct. 27 2013
By Steve Spartan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am writing this on the night of the day of Lou's passing. I discovered this album at a thrift store back in 2002 and it changed my life. I realize that this has never been a critical favorite but I was going through some tough times back then and I felt angry, tired, and broken. From the first moments after I dropped the needle into the grove it was like Lou was saying that it was OK to be angry and tired. It was extremely cathartic and I have been hooked on this particular album all these years. Of course I went on to buy most of Lou's other albums but it's this one that I return to the most. It is gritty, angry and weary and all wrapped up in a shiny, decadent production that only serves to add the sweet to the salty. Even those first few dirge-like horn notes at the beginning of "Ride Sally Ride" never fail to make me feel it all these years later.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3faff6c) out of 5 stars good but not lou's greatest Nov. 5 2011
By shady101 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I got this to complete my Lou Reed collection. It's an easy sleazy listen. Kill Your Sons, Billy, Sally Can't Dance are all excellent and essential. The rest is all good, entertaining but a litle lightweight. A better starting place for thos interested in Lou Reed would be Ecstasy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3fa2768) out of 5 stars An album Lou Reed recorded in his sleep but which his true fans probably should buy (cheap) Feb. 26 2014
By Captain K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It probably won't surprise you to know that one of Lou Reed's less critically acclaimed albums sold more copies than anything else he ever released. "Sally" follows on the heels of "Rock and Roll Animal," wherein Reed shed a little of the Velvet Underground quirkiness (and the depressing darkness of "Berlin") and just rocked the house. The label demanded more, and this is what they got. Reed himself admitted he had little control over it and often just went through the motions. There's quite a bit of "Lou Reed Being Lou Reed." But there are a couple of gems as well, so I give it the amazon.com equivalent of a C.