Transformer Lou Reed

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Album-Release:
1972

HRA-Release:
10.04.2015

Label: Sony Music Latin

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Classic Rock

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  • 1Vicious02:55
  • 2Andy's Chest03:17
  • 3Perfect Day03:45
  • 4Hangin' 'Round03:32
  • 5Walk on the Wild Side04:13
  • 6Make Up02:56
  • 7Satellite of Love03:39
  • 8Wagon Wheel03:19
  • 9New York Telephone Conversation01:32
  • 10I'm So Free03:08
  • 11Goodnight Ladies04:20
  • Total Runtime36:36

Info for Transformer

„David Bowie has never been shy about acknowledging his influences, and since the boho decadence and sexual ambiguity of the Velvet Underground's music had a major impact on Bowie's work, it was only fitting that as Ziggy Stardust mania was reaching its peak, Bowie would offer Lou Reed some much needed help with his career, which was stuck in neutral after his first solo album came and went. Musically, Reed's work didn't have too much in common with the sonic bombast of the glam scene, but at least it was a place where his eccentricities could find a comfortable home, and on Transformer Bowie and his right-hand man, Mick Ronson, crafted a new sound for Reed that was better fitting (and more commercially astute) than the ambivalent tone of his first solo album. Ronson adds some guitar raunch to "Vicious" and "Hangin' Round" that's a lot flashier than what Reed cranked out with the Velvets, but still honors Lou's strengths in guitar-driven hard rock, while the imaginative arrangements Ronson cooked up for "Perfect Day," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "Goodnight Ladies" blend pop polish with musical thinking just as distinctive as Reed's lyrical conceits. And while Reed occasionally overplays his hand in writing stuff he figured the glam kids wanted ("Make Up" and "I'm So Free" being the most obvious examples), "Perfect Day," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "New York Telephone Conversation" proved he could still write about the demimonde with both perception and respect. The sound and style of Transformer would in many ways define Reed's career in the 1970s, and while it led him into a style that proved to be a dead end, you can't deny that Bowie and Ronson gave their hero a new lease on life -- and a solid album in the bargain. [This edition adds the acoustic demo versions of "Hangin' 'Round" and "Perfect Day."] (Mark Deming, AMG)

"..Lou Reed is probably a genius..Real good stuff..."Walk On The Wild Side" is another winner.." (Rolling Stone)

"...One of the all-time great fake Bowie albums....A glam manifesto as outrageous as Lou Reed himself..." (Rolling Stone)

Ranked #55 in NME's list of the „Greatest Albums Of All Time.“ NME (Magazine)

Lou Reed, guitar, vocals
Herbie Flowers, bass, double-bass, tuba on "Goodnight Ladies" and "Make Up"
Mick Ronson, lead guitar, piano, recorder, backing vocals
John Halsey, drums
Additional musicians:
Ronnie Ross, baritone saxophone
Barry DeSouza, drums
Ritchie Dharma, drums
Klaus Voormann, bass
The Thunder Thighs, backing vocals
David Bowie, backing vocals, production

Recorded in August 1972 at Trident Studios, London
Engineered by Ken Scott
Produced by David Bowie, Mick Ronson

Digitally remastered

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