November 21, 2008 – 4:10 am

Lou Reed may be known as the godfather of punk but he also knew how to have a funky good time.

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Claim To Fame [Diamond In Your Ears, 1CD]

Live at the Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, California, December 1, 1976. Very good soundboard.

Listening to the first track (simply called Jam) on this CD as a blindfold test would probably stump a lot of people. It’s a kind of jazz rock with a touch of Miles. Not really the kind of music one expects to find at a Lou Reed show.

But then, if Bruce Springsteen had Clarence Clemons to layer in the sax lines, in 1976, Lou Reed had jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, together with saxophonist Marty Fogel, to help his music swing. While not credited on the artwork, 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.]

For his fans, Reed bookended the set with the classics, opening with Sweet Jane and closing with Walk On The Wild Side. In between he delivered a passionate She’s My Best Friend and I’m Waiting For The Man. Listening to this, one is also struck by how much Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fashioned his vocals after Reed’s, so much so that Lisa Says and You Wear It So Well could even pass as Dire Straits tunes!

In November 1976, Reed had released his seventh album, Rock And Roll Heart, but for this set, he only performed four new songs from the album - I Believe In Love, A Sheltered Life, You Wear It So Well and Claim To Fame. 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.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Jam (7:07) (9.7MB)
Sweet Jane (4:31) (6.5MB)
I Believe In Love (3:35) (4.9MB)
Lisa Says (7:07) (10.3MB)
Kicks (11:57) (17.2MB)
She’s My Best Friend (5:34) (8.0MB)
I’m Waiting For The Man (12:27) (17.9MB)
A Sheltered Life (6:32) (8.9MB)
You Wear It So Well (4:50) (7.0MB)
Claim To Fame (2:49) (3.8MB)
Walk On The Wild Side (10:33) (14.5MB)

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. 12 Responses to “LOU REED IN R&B MODE”

  2. Love Don Cherry. He is the MAN!!!

    By Roger on Nov 21, 2008

  3. Good stuff! Keep the Lou Reed concerts coming. I remember seeing Lou Reed live in London at around this time.

    By Jonathan on Nov 21, 2008

  4. What a fun (and unusual) performance.


    By Society's Pliers on Nov 22, 2008

  5. thanks for more Lou. Keep em coming

    By Matt on Nov 23, 2008

  6. Saw this tour on the Capital Theater, Passaic NJ stop. No lead guitarist. I’ve been telling people about this tour for years. Thanks!

    By Bilko on Dec 3, 2008

  7. Thanks so much - I’ve never had the pleasure of hearing this line-up supporting Lou before this!

    By starman714 on Apr 21, 2009

  8. Heard the sad news about Lou finally quitting: too bad! Saw him during that tour, quite special, two of my heroes sharing the bandstand. Happy to hear that music again. Thks.
    PS By the way, the 2 links for tks 5 & 7 are gone. Any hope of reupload?

    By zardoz1984 on Oct 28, 2013

  9. Thks for the reup: kicks & waiting for the man! Great concert & excellent sound, even in 192 quality. Longing for a flac version, it should be great. Keep on sharing such beautiful stuff.

    By zardoz1984 on Oct 29, 2013

  10. if u need the flac version it may still be available here -


    By darth on Oct 29, 2013

  11. thanks, guys! i am grabbing this one!


    By I-) on Oct 31, 2013

  12. love your side. thank you

    By didi on Feb 10, 2016

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