|Lou in '72|
Lou Reed released eight albums with RCA between 1972 and 1976. In 1977 after he left them, RCA released a compilation of these years, a 1981 re-issue of which I found at a car boot sale for £2.
|Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side: The Best Of (1977).|
The set of Polaroids on the cover feature Lou with
former long- term partner Rachel; a transgender man.
It contains songs from six albums, from 72's self-titled debut through to 76's Coney Island Baby. 1972's Transformer is the most represented album with three tracks appearing. It has to be said that for a collection of his more mainstream material, the non-appearance of Perfect Day is puzzling.
Thankfully though, there's nothing from 75's Metal Machine Music; a double LP of feedback loops.
This collection is really geared towards the more casual fan (like me). Definitely a walk on the safe side in terms of Reed's overall solo output, but a great introduction.
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