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New York [Lou Reed]

  • 1. Romeo Had Juliette
    2. Halloween Parade
    3. Dirty Blvd.
    4. Endless Cycle
    5. There Is No Time
    6. Last Great American Whale
    7. Beginning of a Great Adventure
    8. Busload of Faith
    9. Sick of You
    10. Hold On
    11. Good Evening Mr. Waldheim
    12. Xmas in February
    13. Strawman
    14. Dime Store Mystery
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25829

  • Credits
    ProducerLou Reed; Fred Maher
    EngineerJeffrey Lesser

    Personnel includes: Lou Reed (vocals, guitar); Mike Rathke (guitar); Rob Wasserman, Fred Maher (bass, drums); Moe Tucker (percussion); Dion DiMucci (background vocals).
    Recorded at Media Sound, New York, New York.
    Filmed live at Theatre St. Denis, Montreal, Canada.
    Arguably the finest album of Reed's solo career, NEW YORK hails back to the days of the Velvets with its no-nonsense approach and unflinchingly sardonic lyrics. The difference is that there's a lifetime of learning in the songs here, and Reed had learned how to focus his incisive wit, sharpening his lyrical knife to a fine point with attacks on the NYPD, Jesse Jackson, right wing extremists and a host of others. An attractive development on NEW YORK is the way Reed deftly intermingles plain-spoken socio-political observations with inspired poetic flights, as on the street fable "Romeo Had Juliette."
    Reed proves to be an adept social critic on "Endless Cycle," which examines the cyclical nature of physical abuse with unerring precision, and the unlikely radio hit "Dirty Blvd.," where Reed takes a look at the disparity between haves and have-nots in his storied home town. On "Dimestore Mystery," a precursor to SONGS FOR DRELLA, he uses Andy Warhols death as a vehicle for musing on the human and the divine, and the mortality that separates the two. Mo Tucker's guest appearance on this track furthers the VU comparisons. After the Velvet Underground albums, NEW YORK is the essential Lou Reed work to own.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone - 4 Stars - Excellent - #19 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The '80s" survey. (November 1989) New Musical Express (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #48 among the 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.
    Q (5/92, p.103) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...his best since the early '70s..."
    Alternative Press (7/95, p.85) - Ranked #37 in AP's list of the 'Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...NEW YORK remains savagely contemporary, and unrelentingly raw. Open brain surgery with a grime-encrusted blade..."
    CMJ (1/5/04, p.26) - Ranked #18 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1989"
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