Posts Tagged ‘Civic Theatre’

Finally back in print!  Second classic live performance from Lou Reed (first being American Poet), this one totally unreleased and not bootlegged before combining key classic tracks from his previous solo albums ‘Transformer’ , ‘Berlin’, ‘Sally Can’t Dance’ and ‘Coney Island baby’.  Presented in full colour glossy deluxe gatefold sleeve with shots of Lou Reed from the tour and liner notes by Nina Antonia.

Finally back in print! Second classic live performance from Lou Reed on Easy Action (the first being American Poet (EARS012)), this one is totally unreleased and not bootlegged before, combining key classic tracks from his previous solo albums Transformer, Berlin, Sally Can’t Dance and Coney Island Baby. This is an FM Radio broadcast from Lou Reed’s 1976 Rock N Roll Heart Tour fully restored and remastered in 2006, presented in full colour glossy deluxe gatefold sleeve with shots of Lou Reed from the tour and liner notes by Nina Antonia. Rock and Roll Heart was the seventh album by Lou Reed, released in 1976. It was his first album for Arista Records after record mogul Clive Davis reportedly rescued him from bankruptcy. ‘A Sheltered Life’ (included in this set) dates back to 1967, when the Velvet Underground recorded a demo of it (available on Peel Slowly and See). Lou’s band Michael Fonfara – keyboards, Bruce Yaw – bass, Marty Fogel – sax, Michael Suchorsky drums. Recorded at the Civic Theatre, Akron, Ohio, October 23rd, 1976

Lou is on fine vocal form and is actually SINGING, instead of his usual trick of just reciting his lyrics, my fave track has to be the run through “The Kids”, this version is at times very nasty and visceral and splenetic in its rage, but also tender. This would have been a great show to have witnessed in America’s home of Rubber and Tyres. Plus, the back cover also states this was licensened from Lou’s own Sister Ray Enterprises Production Company. So all in all it is a fine snapshot of a night where Lou was focussed and on fire and burning with real passion.