November 10, 2008 – 4:31 am

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New York 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Alice Tully Hall, New York, January 27, 1973. Ex SBD stereo, very clean sound.

It was official. Hell had frozen over, pigs were flying, and Lou Reed was on the edge of superstardom, beating out of every radio in the land with those colored girls going “doo doo doo.” Less than three weeks after this concert, Walk On The Wild Side would become Reed’s first (and so far, only) Billboard chart entry - which, in turn, means this is one of the last recordings you’re going to hear where he’s playing to the converted alone, before the chart-hopping masses stopped grooving to Grand Funk and got into Heroin instead.

A partisan New York audience makes him feel at home, though, and if the band is a little fussier than subsequent Reed combos, the nifty little guitar licks and drum fills that flicker and flash through every song give the performance a cheerful buoyancy that Lou rarely permitted in later years.

Walk And Talk It is pure pop, of course. But so is the opening White Light, and if Waiting For The Man has a subdued sobriety, an unknown onstage voice makes up for it when it demands “cut down on the feedback!” Cut down on the feedback at a Lou Reed gig? Yeah, right.

Oh, and while Heroin is probably the perkiest you’ve ever heard, the encore Sister Ray is positive Partridge Family territory, so cheerful and chipper that you’d never believe that it still rates among the most forebodingly sinister songs Reed has ever written. Shame it truncates at eight minutes, though; there are a longer versions available on other period recordings, and they’re even bouncier!

Excellent (if a teensy bit treble-y) sound, great stereo separation and a solid set that marches through Velvets and solo highlights alike, this might not be the best 1972-1973 era Reed show available, but it’s certainly one of the best quality. - Dave Thompson

Thanks to theface07 for the artwork and mastering.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.White Light/White Heat (5.1MB)
Wagon Wheel (5.4MB)
I’m Waiting For The Man (9.9MB)
Walk And Talk It (5.5MB)
Sweet Jane (7.1MB)
New Age (5.5MB)
Vicious (4.7MB)
I Can’t Stand It (5.2MB)
Satellite Of Love (5.0MB)
Heroin (12.3MB)
I’m So Free (5.5MB)
Walk On The Wild Side (9.6MB)
Rock & Roll (7.5MB)
Sister Ray (12.2MB)

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  1. 6 Responses to “LOU REED - ALICE TULLY HALL, NY 1973”

  2. Thanks for the Lou Reed downloads. Please can we have some more from this living legend. Keep up the great work.
    ALL THE BEST > Willie.

    By Willie Gray on Nov 10, 2008

  3. More Lou please and even some Velvet Underground, John Cale & Nico

    By Matt on Nov 16, 2008

  4. This is a great recording from a classic era for Lew.

    How about some stuff form the classic 80’s Quine/Saunders/Maher lineup.

    By Luis Torregrosa on Dec 21, 2008

  5. More Nico please

    By christa on May 9, 2009

  6. As of 17 June 2017, there are faulty links:
    1 White Light White Heat
    5 Sweet Jane
    6 New Age
    9 Satellite of Love
    12 Walk On The Wild Side
    13 Rock & Roll

    By JRE on Jun 18, 2017

  7. Aaand now that I look at the folder I’ve d/l-ed the files into I see that there’s more:
    2 Wagon Wheel
    10 Heroin
    14 Sister Ray

    By JRE on Jun 18, 2017

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