LOU REED – ” Rock ‘n Roll Animal ” Classic Guitar Albums

Posted: January 27, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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In 1973, Lou Reed hired the grandest band of his career, led by guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner. Their joint power gave the Velvet Underground classics emphasized in the set a heavy-metal girth, as well as a glam-rock grandeur. It’s captured in a 1974 live recording from a show the band gave at New York’s Academy of Music the year before. The performance is distinguished as much by the Hunter/Wagner dynamic as any vocal or composition from the star. The zenith actually arrives at the start: a three minute and twenty second intro to “Sweet Jane”  written by Hunter. It’s one of the boldest rock instrumentals of all time, anointed with an unfolding variety of righteous riffs, broken by solo spots for Hunter and Wagner. Throughout their set, Lou Reed gave the pair a wide berth, capped by a ten-minute take on “Rock ‘N Roll” that idealizes the song’s anthemic aspirations.

Hunter and Wagner dominate the set right from the start, with their mazy, melodic licks in the Intro seaming into the monster chords of Sweet Jane. Heroin is a slow burning epic, building up momentum into some blazing dual guitar interplay. Whilst White Light/White Heat is somewhat underpowered after such a start, the pace picks up again with Lady Day and the soaring closer Rock ‘n’ Roll, featuring more dazzling interplay between the leads.

The guitarists went on to enjoy a central spot in Alice Cooper’s solo group, idealizing the double guitar approach forged by Alice’s original band in the ’60s.

A remastered version was released on CD in 2000. It featured two tracks not included on the original LP release.

Further excerpts from the same concert were released in 1975 as Lou Reed Live (between the remastered Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and Lou Reed Live the entire show has been released, albeit in a different order than the original concert). This live album’s stereo mix puts guitarist Dick Wagner on the right channel, and Steve Hunter on the left; this arrangement is reversed on Lou Reed Live.

Rock n Roll Animal is a live album by musician Lou Reed, released in February 1974 by RCA Records. In its original form, it only features five songs, four of which are songs by the Velvet Underground. The band were Pentti Glan (drums) and Prakash John(bass), Ray Colcord (keyboards), along with the twin guitars of  Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter  (The two guitarists would later form the basis of the second Alice Cooper band, beginning on Welcome to My Nightmare, which also features Glan and John.

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