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Lou Reed - Rock & Roll Heart (1976) [HDtracks Remastered 2015]

HD Tracks & Vinyl, Rock, Classic Rock | Author: artmuss | 10-05-2015, 23:31
Lou Reed - Rock & Roll Heart (1976) [HDtracks Remastered 2015]
Artist: Lou Reed
Title Of Album: Rock & Roll Heart
Year Of Release: 1976 [2015]
Label: Buddah Records
Country: US
Genre: Rock, Glam Rock, Classic Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless [44.1kHz/16bit / 96kHz/24bit]
Time: 37:48 min
Full Size: 252 mb / 891 mb

Rock and Roll Heart was Lou Reed's first album for Arista Records, and one senses that he wanted to come up with something saleable for his new sponsors. Uptempo numbers with pop hooks dominate the set, the 12 songs zip by in an efficient 38 minutes, and instead of Reed's trademark meditations on the dark side of life, the lyrics are (for the most part) lean bursts of verse and chorus, in which the artist sings the praises of good times in general and rock & roll in particular (then again, on "I Believe in Love," Reed pledges his allegiance to both "good time music" and "the iron cross," a bit of perversity to remind us whose album this is). But if Rock and Roll Heart sounds like "Lou Reed Lite," there are more than a few flashes of Reed's inarguable talent. His band is in fine form (especially Marty Fogel on sax and Michael Fonfara on keyboards). "Banging on My Drum" is a crunchy rocker that recalls his work with the Velvet Underground; "A Sheltered Life" is an amusing bit of VU archeology (the Velvets demoed the song, but this marked its first appearance on record); and the closer, "Temporary Thing," is a bitter, haunting narrative that foreshadows Reed's next album, the harrowing masterpiece Street Hassle.


1. I Believe In Love (2:46)
2. Banging On My Drum (2:11)
3. Follow The Leader (2:13)
4. You Wear It So Well (4:52)
5. Ladies Pay (4:22)
6. Rock And Roll Heart (3:06)
7. Chooser And The Chosen One (2:47)
8. Senselessly Cruel (2:08)
9. Claim To Fame (2:51)
10. Vicious Circle (2:53)
11. A Sheltered Life (2:20)
12. Temporary Thing (5:13)

Rock and Roll Heart is Lou Reed's seventh record and his debut album release for Arista Records. The record features the title "A Sheltered Life" that was originally recorded as a demo by The Velvet Underground in 1967.

Recorded in 1976 at The Record Plant in New York, NY.

Lou Reed - vocals, guitar, piano
Marty Fogel - saxophone
Michael Fonfara - piano, organ, clavinet, synthesizer
Bruce Yaw - bass
Michael Suchorsky - drums
Garland Jeffreys - backing vocals

Producer: Lou Reed
Recording and mixing engineer: Corky Stasiak

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  • #1: ePhysician (26 March 2015 13:52)

    group: Journalists
    registration: 12.05.2014
    artmuss, again thank you for yet another 96kHz Lou.

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