She'll Grow Back: Lou Reed - Magic and Loss Medley live 9-12-04

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Lou Reed - Magic and Loss Medley live 9-12-04

Speaking of medleys which surprise you with Supremes songs, there's this. Lou has a long tradition of doing this -- playing his songs, and then quoting the rock and roll he grew up on during them. I have, somewhere, a bootleg tape of him singing 4 -- count 'em, four -- Hank Ballard songs ("Work With Me Annie", etc) in the middle of one of his songs from the late 70s.

I have to admit this: I don't care for Magic and Loss. It's my second-least-favorite Lou Reed album. (Mistrial is EVERYONE'S least favorite; I defy you to find an exception to this.) The songs aren't bad (I love the cooler, darker style), but they're all about the same thing, and the album takes itself too seriously. I can take any one of the songs by itself, in a concert setting or whatever. But I've never made it all the way through the album in one sitting ("like a novel"). Plus, this is thirteen minutes long (and 30 MB -- download with care!).

This medley has other surprise quotes in it too, which would be spoiled by cataloging them here. Suffice to say, I miss my oldies radio.


vilstef said...

I thought everyone's least favorite Lou Reed album was Metal Machine Music.

Mark H. Besotted said...

I haven't listened to it all the way through more than once, but it's at least a great concept for an album. I dunno -- I think I'd rather listen to MMM for 3 hours nonstop than Mistrial.