LOU REED – Masterpiece Album ‘TRANSFORMER’ Came Out 45 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

7 November 2017

Artist: LOU REED

Album: TRANSFORMER – his 2nd solo longplayer

Released: 8 November 1972 – 45 years ago…

All Music wrote: “David Bowie has never been shy about acknowledging his influences,
and since the boho decadence and sexual ambiguity of the Velvet Underground’s music had a major impact on Bowie’s work, it was only fitting that as Ziggy Stardust mania was reaching its peak, Bowie would offer Lou Reed some much-needed help with his career, which was stuck in neutral after his first solo album came and went. Musically, Reed’s work didn’t have too much
in common with the sonic bombast of the glam scene, but at least it was a place where his eccentricities could find a comfortable home, and on ‘Transformer’ Bowie and his right-hand man, Mick Ronson, crafted a new sound for Reed that was better fitting (and more commercially astute) than the ambivalent tone of his first solo album. While Reed occasionally overplays his hand in writing stuff he figured the glam kids wanted (like “Make Up” and “I’m So Free”), “Perfect Day,” “Walk on the Wild Side,” and “New York Telephone Conversation” proved he could still write about the demimonde with both perception and respect.”

Turn Up The Volume! says: one of his very best ever, featuring three of his outstanding, timeless classics (below). Music for the midnight hour with a top bottle of red Bordeaux at hand…

Three top tracks: Walk On The Wild Side / Satellite Of Love / Perfect Day…

* WALK ON THE WILD SIDEimperishable diamond…

* SATELLITE OF LOVEmesmeric beauty…

* PERFECT DAYmagnificent 2003 live rendition (with Antony Hegarty)

The pearl in full…

LOU REED: Website – Facebook – Discography

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