Lou Reed Live - Extended Versions - The Encore Collection
Personnel: Lou Reed (vocals); Dick Wagner, Steve Hunter (guitar); Ray Colcord (keyboards); Prakash John (bass); Pentti Glan (drums).
Recorded live at Howard Stein's Academy of Music, New York, New York on December 21, 1973.
Recording information: 12/21/1973.
The material on LOU REED LIVE was recorded at the same 1973 performance that resulted in the better-known live Reed album ROCK & ROLL ANIMAL. This album's portion of that historic performance is a bit less grandiose, though, with the elaborate interplay of guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner (of Alice Cooper's band) not as strident. LOU REED LIVE also relies a little more on the more introspective side of Reed's muse, eschewing epics in favor of more closely observed character studies, like BERLIN's "Oh Jim" and TRANSFORMER's "Take a Walk on the Wild Side. Towards that end, "Satellite of Love" is a dreamy, downright romantic ballad that puts the lie to the rock god image Reed was then half-jokingly perpetrating.