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Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse [Digipak]
Original Soundtrack/Lou Reed
3. Lady Day
4. Men of Good Fortune
5. Caroline Says, Pt. I
6. How Do You Think It Feels
7. Oh, Jim
8. Caroline Says, Pt. II
9. Kids, The
10. Bed, The
11. Sad Song
12. Candy Says
13. Rock Minuet
14. Sweet Jane
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): OLE 849-2
Hal Willner; Bob Ezrin; Hal Willner; Bob Ezrin
Frank Golchert; John Mark Harris; Lou Reed; Frank Golchert; Hal Willner; John Harris
Personnel: Lou Reed (vocals, guitar); Fernando Saunders (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, bass guitar); Rupert Christie (vocals, keyboards); Tony Smith (vocals, drums, percussion); Sharon Jones , Antony (vocals); Steve Hunter (guitar); Eyvind Kang, David Gold (viola); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Paul Shapiro (flute, saxophone); Doug Wieselman (clarinet, bass clarinet); Steven Bernstein (trumpet, flugelhorn); Curtis Fowlkes (trombone); Rob Wasserman (bass instrument); Patrice Kugler, Kaitlyn Rubin, Bianca Kenworthy, Amanda Turner, Leovina Charles, Megan Schoenberg, Kyle Weekes, Hannah Rivera, Christina SantaMaria, Zachary Kruskal, Lindsey Graham, Jessica Benson-Weiss (background vocals).
Though it was dismissed as morbid and self-indulgent upon its initial 1973 release, critics and audiences alike have come to view Lou Reed's unquestionably grandiose concept album, BERLIN, as one of the high points of his solo career. The album's narrative arc traces the trajectory of a doomed, defiantly self-destructive romance in the modern German city, and pits dark,cabaret influenced orchestration against Reed's deadpan vocals to remarkably chilling effect. The album's bleak, incisive lyrics and unapologetically melodramatic atmosphere would prove influential in the years to come.
Matador's BERLIN: LIVE AT ST. ANN'S documents an exceptional 2006 performance of BERLIN that saw Reed accompanied by a seven-piece orchestra, a sterling rhythm section, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Standouts include a jaw-dropping rendition of "The Kids" and an encore performance of the Velvet Underground standard "Candy Says," which is itself suffused with a subdued, world-weary atmosphere that complements BERLIN'S dark emotional palette.
Rolling Stone (p.75) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Men of Good Fortune' gains severity: Guitarist Steve Hunter embodies privilege with flashy heroics, and Reed represents unskilled labor via blunt six-string bursts."
The Wire (p.68) - "His vocal now sanded to a rough edged spoken growl, it is Reed's guitar that is the dominant sound here, an unashamed, animalistic electric rock howl that he turns on (and up) at every opportunity."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Reed's delivery carries a sort of weathered tenderness and the closing 'Sad Song' seems more genuinely redemptive now."
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