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Live At The Roxy [Broadcasting Radio Records BRR5010, 2CD]

Live at the Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; December 1, 1976. Very good FM broadcast.

For years (OK, since it was first released in 1993), fans have been acquainted with this show through the Claim To Fame boot (Diamonds In Your Ear). We too have shared this back in 2008 (click here). In 2015, Broadcasting Radio Records put out a complete version of the show, featuring the tracks Vicious Circle and Coney Island Baby not found on Claim To Fame. There is no indication where the extra tracks came from or the source material for the BRR release.

In 1976, Lou Reed had jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, together with saxophonist Marty Fogel, to help his music swing. Cherry’s presence is integral to the general funky/jazzy vibe apart from getting a prime spot on tracks such as A Sheltered Life, I’m Waiting For The Man and Kicks (some fans even consider the version here among the best live versions of the song). Cherry even managed to imbue a quiet storm feel on Walk On The Wild Side. [Don Cherry would formally appear on Lou Reed’s 1979 album, The Bells.]

In November 1976, Reed had released his seventh album, Rock And Roll Heart, but for this set, he performed five new songs from the album - I Believe In Love, A Sheltered Life, You Wear It So Well, Claim To Fame and Vicious Circle. Coming after Berlin and Transformer, fans probably wanted more rocking angst but found Reed with what would be considered an R&B album! The lack of really standout songs didn’t help and fans are divided over “this faux jazzy big band sound” - just listen to the opening of A Sheltered Life.

But nothing seemed to faze Reed at this gig. Compared to the sound on the more sedate New York album in 1989, this concert practically brims with life. This is one very good sounding show, and with Don Cherry on board, becomes especially memorable for those who feel that the godfather of punk should dabble even with R&B if he so wishes.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 9:15 (22.2MB)
Track 102. Sweet Jane 4:33 (10.9MB)
Track 103. I Believe in Love 3:38 (8.7MB)
Track 104. Lisa Says 7:13 (17.3MB)
Track 105. Kicks 11:26 (27.4MB)
Track 106. She’s My Best Friend 5:33 (13.3MB)
Track 107. You Wear It So Well 4:55 (11.8MB)
Track 108. Claim to Fame 2:51 (6.9MB)
50 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. I’m Waiting for the Man 12:54 (31.0MB)
Track 202. A Sheltered Life 8:22 (20.1MB)
Track 203. Vicious Circle 3:44 (9.0MB)
Track 204. Walk on the Wild Side 10:32 (25.3MB)
Track 205. Coney Island Baby 8:54 (21.4MB)
45 mins

Marty Fogel - sax
Michael Fonfara - keyboards
Michael Suchorsky - drums
Bruce Yaw - bass
Don Cherry - trumpet
Lou Reed - guitar, vocals and foul language

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  1. 21 Responses to “LOU REED - LOS ANGELES 1976”

  2. Any chance you can post a bootleg from that band The Assholes? It was a power trio Lou was in with Gene Simmons and Ted Nugent. There were guest vocals by Liam Gallagher and Morrisey.

    By everyone else on bigo on Dec 11, 2016

  3. Power trio without a drummer ? tee hee hee

    By Dick HEAD on Dec 11, 2016

  4. Ginger Baker was too much of an asshole to join them.

    By everyone else on bigo on Dec 11, 2016

  5. i had a three way once with lou reed and david bowie,mick jagger watched and pleasured himself ,it was fantastic

    By Lori Maddox on Dec 12, 2016

  6. They wore your makeup and clothes, didn’t they Lori?

    By John C. Holmes on Dec 12, 2016

  7. John, these nuts on your chin are big enough to wear makeup and clothes.

    By John C. Moron on Dec 12, 2016

  8. nice try moron/holmes not fooling anybody here.for someone who thinks hes so smart you sure are stupid

    By Eli on Dec 12, 2016

  9. Eli- these smart nuts are fooling everybody on your stupid chin.

    By Eli Moron on Dec 12, 2016

  10. yeah right moron/holmes/everyone else/too many others to mention.but the one name that sticks is DUMBASS

    By Eli on Dec 13, 2016

  11. did any of you fuckers actually listen to the music? I thought that this was what it was meant to be about, you know…. But then again……..?

    By Lucian on Dec 13, 2016

  12. There’s music on this site?? Ain’t that a kick in the head!

    By John C. Holmes on Dec 13, 2016

  13. well it appears as if coreys being a bad boy again

    By switchblade henry on Dec 14, 2016

  14. what you boys need to do is sit down around a nice hot plate of sausages and talk out your differences and make friends.

    By Sausages on Dec 14, 2016

  15. Corey being Holmes is as dumb as someone saying Barth is the moron which is also what some are saying

    By Antonio on Dec 14, 2016

  16. What the hell kind of comment sections are these? Lou Reed was one of a kind and this was a tight period. Y’all sound like real imbeciles, very off-putting. Take it youtube blech

    By romper room on Dec 14, 2016

  17. romper, putting these nuts on y’all chin can be very off-putting but it was a tight period.

    By romper room moron on Dec 15, 2016

  18. there goes barth again in another of his ‘moron’ aliases

    By Roger on Dec 15, 2016

  19. Lay off of Barth Rog,one of the few sane ones here despite our disagreements on politics

    By COREY M on Dec 15, 2016

  20. Goober Moron has many identities here but Barth isnt one of them

    By COREY M on Dec 15, 2016

  21. the comments at big o are not unusual, its the norm; every site on the net that doesn’t moderate its comments section looks just like this 1, a big mess. this would be a loss if there wasnt literally 1000’s of moderated sites for musical chatty chat. this behavior has been going on here for years, its just a lot worse now.

    By groveling on Dec 15, 2016

  22. Yeah, some people like to walk on the wild side.

    By mrbelette on Dec 15, 2016

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