Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lou Reed - "Live Performances 1972 & 1974" DVD

Filmed for European TV, this set compiles a pair of 1974 shows (Paris and Brussels), but the transfer quality is really sub-par, most definitely a degraded VHS. In fact, some of this is so obscure, it's really a sort of rip-off for any Reed fans expecting a serious release. Consider this a bootleg at best.

To further beat this dead horse, Lou Reed in this era was at his most flamboyant, all glammed-up and with a mainstream commercial backing band that butchers classic cuts like "Sweet Jane" and "I'm Waiting For The Man". This is an period best left forgotten, thank you very much.

The only saving grace is the 1972 version of "Heroin", performed with John Cale in Paris. Sublime and classic. Appended to the end as an afterthought, this short clip is the best thing here, by far. Only the most devout Lou Reed fans need apply here. (XXL Media/MVD Visual)

Lou Reed website

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