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Five years of little commercial success was undoubtedly a factor in Reed leaving the group he had founded in August , just before the release of their most accessible effort, Loaded.
Although Reed's songs and streetwise, sing-speak vocals dominated the Velvets, he was perhaps more reliant upon his talented collaborators than he realized, or is even willing to admit to this day. The most talented of these associates was John Cale, who was apparently fired by Reed in after the Velvets' second album although the pair have worked together on various other projects since then.
Reed has a reputation of being a difficult man to work with for an extended period, and that has made it difficult for his extensive solo oeuvre to compete with the standards of brilliance set by the Velvets. Nowhere was this more apparent than on his self-titled solo debut from , recorded after he'd taken an extended hiatus from music, moving back to his parents' suburban Long Island home at one point.
Lou Reed mostly consisted of flaccid versions of songs dating back to the Velvet days, and he could have really used the group to punch them up, as the many outtake versions of these tunes that he actually recorded with the Velvet Underground some of which didn't surface until about 25 years later prove.
Reed got a shot in the arm no distasteful pun intended when David Bowie and Mick Ronson produced his second album, Transformer. A more energetic set that betrayed the influence of glam rock, it also included his sole Top 20 hit, "Walk on the Wild Side," and other good songs like "Vicious" and "Satellite of Love. Reed went into more serious territory on Berlin , its sweet orchestral production coating lyrical messages of despair and suicide.
In some ways Reed's most ambitious and impressive solo effort, it was accorded a vituperative reception by critics in no mood for a nonstop bummer however elegantly executed.
Unbelievably, in retrospect, it made the Top Ten in Britain, though it flopped stateside. Having been given a cold shoulder for some of his most serious if chilling work, Reed apparently decided he was going to give the public what it wanted.
He had guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner who had already played on Berlin give his music a pop-metal, more radio-friendly sheen.
More disturbingly, he decided to play up to the cartoon junkie role that some in his audience seemed eager to assign to him. On-stage, that meant shocking bleached hair, painted fingernails, and simulated drug injections. On record, it led to some of his most careless performances. One of these, the album Sally Can't Dance, was also his most commercially successful, reaching the Top Ten, thus confirming both Reed's and the audience's worst instincts.
As if to prove he could still be as uncompromising as anyone, he unleashed the double album Metal Machine Music, a nonstop assault of unlistenable electronic noise. Opinions remain divided as to whether it was an artistic statement, a contract quota-filler, or a slap in the face of the public. While Reed has never behaved as outrageously in public and in the studio as he did in the mid-'70s, there was plenty of excitement in the decades that followed.
When he decided to play it relatively straight, sincere, and hard-nosed, he could produce affecting work in the spirit of his best vintage material parts of Coney Island Baby and Street Hassle. At other points, he seemed not to be putting too much effort into any aspect of his songs "Rock and Roll Heart". With 's Take No Prisoners, he delivered one of the weirdest concert albums of all time, more of a comedy monologue which not too many people laughed hard at than a musical document.
Reed had always been an enigma, but no one questioned the serious intent of his work with the Velvet Underground. As a soloist, it was getting impossible to tell when he was serious, or whether he even wished to be taken seriously anymore.
At the end of the '70s, The Bells set the tone for most of his future work. Reed would settle down; he would play it straight; he would address serious, adult concerns, including heterosexual romance, with sincerity.
Not a bad idea, but though the albums that followed were much more consistent in tone, they remained erratic in quality and, worse, could occasionally be quite boring. The recruitment of Robert Quine as lead guitarist helped, and The Blue Mask and New Sensations were fairly successful, although in retrospect they didn't deserve the raves they received from some critics at the time.
Quine, however, would also find Reed too difficult to work with for an extended period. New York heralded both a commercial and critical renaissance for Reed, and in truth it was his best work in quite some time, although it didn't break any major stylistic ground. Reed works best when faced with a challenge, which arrived when he collaborated with former partner John Cale in on a song cycle for the recently deceased Andy Warhol.
In both its recorded and stage incarnations, this was the most experimental work that Reed had devised in quite some time. Magic and Loss returned him to the more familiar straight rock territory of New York, again to critical raves. The re-formation of the Velvet Underground for a European live tour could not be considered an unqualified success, however. European audiences were thrilled to see the legends in person, but critical reaction to the shows was mixed, and critical reaction to the live record was tepid.
More distressingly, old conflicts reared their head within the band once again, and the reunion ended before it had a chance to get to America. Cale and Reed at this point seem determined never to work with each other again the death of Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison in seemed to permanently ice prospects of more VU projects.
In , the surviving Velvet Underground members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performing a newly penned song for their fallen comrade, Morrison. Reed closed the '90s with an album that saw him explore relationships, 's Set the Twilight Reeling many speculated that the album was biographical and focused on his union with performance artist Laurie Anderson , which didn't turned out to be one of Reed's more critically acclaimed releases.
He also found time to compose music for the Robert Wilson opera Timerocker, and in , released the "unplugged" album Perfect Night: Live in London. Another collaboration with Robert Wilson, POE-try, followed in and continued its worldwide stage run through the year. Animal Serenade, a double-disc set recorded at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles during his world tour, was issued in spring The live effort is Reed's tribute of sorts to his celebrated Rock N Roll Animal concert album, which was released 30 years before.
In Reed released Hudson River Wind Meditations, a four-song experimental sound collage that celebrated both the best and worst aspects of Metal Machine Music. Reed's solo work ultimately cannot stack up to his Velvet output, despite its many highlights. Still, most would have to concede that with the exception of Neil Young, no other star that rose to fame in the '60s has continued to push himself so diligently into creating work that is meaningful and contemporary.
If that means he relies on stock musical and lyrical ideas at times as Young does , it also means he's proved that rock can remain relevant to listeners other than hormone-crazed teenagers. Posted by A. C at Labels: Eighties Rock. Missy Burgess. Exquisite playing. Good tunes and monstrous production from James Stephens. Willie P. Bennett can be found playing harmonica on this gem of a CD. Pick it up now! You could train yourself to live in a different land even though chaos was all around you.
As a young teen, Missy would climb into her brother's tree house and imagine herself singing late at night in some obscure small room in New York City and walking the streets alone as she thought all musicians did. By the time she was 15 years old she had heard all her father's jazz and big band albums over and over and had attended numerous concerts where her brother, Michael sang beautiful Gregorian chant with St.
Michael's Choir School in downtown Toronto. She loved music, and belonged to many church choirs, but it took on new meaning when her father brought home a record of Fats Waller because it introduced a sound for her that made her want to sing. She bought a guitar and liked spending hours learning how to play it. But it took many years of living before Missy finally realized the need to take music seriously.
She has recorded 2 albums. Pour Me a Song features veteran folk singer Penny Lang as a guest singer. Her latest album Lemon Pie features the late Willie P. Bennett as a guest back up singer and harmonica player. As well Lemon Pie features the virtuoso guitar playing of Vince Half hide along with the wonderful sax of Petr Cancura.
Website: Missyburgess. Very much in the style of the early Maria Muldaur. Sparrows - Missy Burgess, Vince Halfhide 9. Basket of Blues - Missy Burgess Little Man - Teddy Edwards Labels: 's Folk Blues. Allen explored his quirky, folky take on rock throughout the '70s and '80s on albums like 's Good Morning and 's Alien in New York.
His solo work also included collaborations with underground rock impresario Kramer like 's Who's Afraid? Nectans Glen also followed in In Allen formed a new version of Gong with members of the Japanese collective known as Acid Mothers Temple, as well as playing and releasing material with his California-based band University of Errors.
He continues to release numerous live sets and one-off collaborations in limited editions on various independent labels under his own and various group names. A best-of, Man From Gong, which only scratches the surface of his lengthy discography, appeared from Snapper Music in Although Daevid Allen's work is often intricate, complex, and very unorthodox, it is never boring and all his music is accessible and worth listening to.
Labels: Eighties Jazz Rock. Bushmaster featuring Gary Brown. Independently Released in the Spring of , Bushmaster's third CD is an inspiring collection of original tunes and re-energized blues classics. Recorded live in Carlisle, PA, at two gigs, this album captures the energy and "musical conversations" that occur when Gary and Jay take the stage together. Subscribe to our channel to get updates on all the latest clips as they happen.
Check out more about the band at www. After picking up his first guitar an old Guild acoustic at age 14, the 45 year old Brown quickly progressed to electric and after stints with various local bands, most notably The Spoilers, and sitting in around DC area clubs he decided to take the plunge and form his own group in Night Shift - Gary Brown 2. Nappy's Boogie - Gary Brown 7.
Four Times Better - Gary Brown 9. Good Life - Gary Brown Labels: 's Blues Rock. Katamaran were unique in many ways, not least so for a heavy reliance on percussion and two wind players, and were comparable in feel to many East Euro fusion bands of the era.
Labels: Seventies Jazz Rock. Slightly commercial Southern rock, but a well above average mid 70's rock album by good musicians. There are many bands with the sane name.
This band may originally have been based in Salem, Virginia? Very like, quiet, and really fits the mood for those who are into the Psych-folk thing. But I sense that Antonine has a bite, and this is a very cool album. In other words I love it. A beautiful meditation of sorts on jumping into a void.
Photographer Melissa Catanese edited this book by using images owned and collected by Peter J. All are what is called 'found images' - mostly from flea markets, e-bay and so forth.
The images themselves stands alone, but in this artist's book it gets into another dream-like narrative. Poetry, but without words, and images that speaks poetry. This book is very sensual, seductive, and its like the moment when you are still awake but you are about to fall asleep.
This is the book that will fit perfectly in that place. Beautifully printed and published by The Ice Plant, and distributed by D. Labels: artist's books , D. The cover is great and so is the music inside. Hardcore Enka that takes no prisoners. Mori Shinichi is a major singer in Japan, and is known for his downbeat songs about Tokyo bar life.
Perhaps Shinichi Mori's masterpiece? I found this vinyl yesterday. It's his blues album or is it a blue album? Nevertheless one gently goes into Shinjuku, with no hope of getting back. Newer Posts Older Posts Home. Subscribe to: Posts Atom. Popular Posts. Night and the City by Gerald Kersh. A fantastic novel and a remarkable film by Jules Dassin.
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I in reworked form do sound better on that album. Now extremely rare as an original pressing. This new, band-approved reissue features the fully restored album in sparkling sound quality and adds an extra minutes of music, nearly all of which is previously unreleased.
Completed by a previously unheard live gig from that proved the Sorrows savage garage band instincts were fully intact a decade later, this package features new, extremely detailed sleevenotes concerning their time in Italy, with fresh band quotes and some superb, previously unpublished photos.
Forget what you may have read and heard elsewhere, this incredible 2CD package is the final word on the bands lengthy but previously little-documented Italian sojourn! The tracks are hard-edged and heavy, verging on acid rock at times. Makes sense, as Umbra was a power trio most of their too-brief existence. Yet the songs heavy though they are have a deft touch. Spacey intros and weird effects were created by recording guitar licks, then re-recording them played backwards at double speed.
Comes with a page booklet, with lyrics, photos, plus interesting and funny things that can only happen to musicians, and did to Umbra. The sound Winter was creating during these three short years includes Byrds and Dylan influenced folk-rock, psychedelia, blues and hard rock.
All the trax on a compilation for the first time. This volume digs deep in the American and Canadian late '60s scenes and offers 16 tracks. All these songs appear on a compilation for the first time.
Limited edition of copies on vinyl with laminated sleeve and detailed linernotes. Presented with lovely cover artwork, liner notes and rare images. This classic compilation series aims at colecting the best popsike of the ''70s. This is followed by two fine examples of garage rock with a funky twist - Pegasus' Honeysuckle Willow Pride and Enalpria's Sliding, in the slipstream of which follows Heart and Soul's raw psych cut Afterthought. Deepest respect goes out once again to crate-digging supremo, Chan The Man, the curator of these two brand-new volumes in the Down In The Valley series.
His ambition to search for the impossible and get his hands on private pressings that no one except the freakiest vinyl nerds knew existed has set the path to the release of these two discs.
This classic compilation series aims at collecting the best popsike of the ''70s. The goal to raise three million dollars to cover the cost of a return flight for a lost astronaut has never be achieved. Nevertheless, the compilation lists eleven highly underrated rare Grooves about the moon. Great selection of rare tracks from swedish freakbeat, psychpop, Hard rock, progressive etc.
Supercool laminated sleeve and inner sleeve with extensive track information. Hghly collectable and legendary self-titled album by Fly. Formed in Cheltenham in , were a highly original band who took in folk and progressive influences in their work.
This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been re-mastered and includes two bonus tracks. Label:NO TOMORROW Biscuit is one of those rare bands than take their inspiration mainly from 60s sounds beat, garage, psychedelia, freakbeat, hard-rock, folk-rock, soul, rocknroll but do not sound like just another 60s band.
Their sound is uniquely their own, and trying to compare them to another band is so silly that lazy reviewers come out with comparisons as diverse as Urge Overkill, Soundtracks of Our Lives, the Byrds or The Prisoners in the same line. Which of course are all wrong. What is sure right is that these guys have a good thing going when it comes to combine meaty, solid guitar riffs with beautiful melodies.
They know the secret of how to make well-crafted, passionate songs, the kind that grow with every listen. They can rock as fuck one minute and melt your heart the next. You can feel the anger, rage and desperation in their songs, but also the gratefulness, love and tenderness.
You can feel the people behind the music. In a phrase, they've got soul. In my book, a truely classic record".
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