April 22, 2013 – 4:48 am

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Master Class [Kiss The Stone KTS079, 1CD]

Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK; March 23, 1992. Excellent FM broadcast - likely complete broadcast but incomplete show.

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2006 and who noted: “The Legendary Little Jimmy Scott sings backing vocals on Walk on the Wild Side and Satellite of Love.”

Comment at bootlegzone:

Lou Reed’s performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on 23 March 1992, as broadcast on FM radio (no DJ comments present, thankfully). The sound quality is excellent, although Lou is in a rather fey mood and performs many songs in a rather self-consciously arch manner.

This is what smjflex posted at Dime:

A 10-minute-plus “A Dream” off the… deeply moving Songs For Drella, and that just happens to be Jimmy Scott, the greatest singer alive, guesting on Satellite Of Love following his track from Magic & Loss. Jimmy’s resurrection at that time [circa 1992] was intimately tied to Lou and Lou’s close friendship with Doc Pomus, one of the two subjects of Magic And Loss. The story of Jimmy’s at long, long, long, long last getting his break following Doc’s funeral is just one of a thousand incredible tales in his mesmerizing autobiography, “If You Only Knew.”

Professor Stone’s liner notes:

Whilst on tour this year [1992], to promote the critically acclaimed Magic And Loss album, Lou played a short series of shows to sellout crowds at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in London, England. This superb recording… captures the almost religious atmosphere of one of those performances. So pour yourself a drink, sit back, adjust the volume to a suitable setting and enjoy Lou Reed: Master Class.

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Track 01. Harry’s Circumcision (10.6MB)
Track 02. Magic And Loss (13.8MB)
Track 03. Images (5.9MB)
Track 04. A Dream (18.0MB)
Track 05. Dirty Boulevard (7.4MB)
Track 06. Beginning Of A Great Adventure (15.8MB)
Track 07. Strawman (12.7MB)
Track 08. Walk On The Wild Side (8.3MB)
Track 09. Satellite of Love (8.6MB)

Lou Reed – vocals, guitar
Mike Rathke - guitar, piano, viola
Rob Wasserman - electric upright bass
Michael Blair - drums, percussion
Little Jimmy Scott - backing vocals


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  1. 48 Responses to “LOU REED - MASTER CLASS 1992”

  2. Man, I CAN’T WAIT to hear this! Lou’s prime period for me. Both Drella, Magic & Loss AND New York were home runs, top to bottom, equaling the Stones’ run of early 70’s albums for focus and execution. THANX!

    By lowendbill on Apr 22, 2013

  3. Thank You, Wonderful time of resurrection for Lou! These shows were so amazing in comparison to those from just a few years earlier, I recall seeing him at Radio City Music Hall in N.Y. and was bored then again at the Beacon Theater and actually fell asleep Zzzzzz… The exact opposite for the New York Tour & Magic and Loss Tour… Roll On Lou Roll On…

    By Revolutionarybum on Apr 22, 2013

  4. Excellent. Too bad Lou cancelled his entire California tour this month… What’s up with that?

    By Timmy on Apr 22, 2013

  5. he heard darth had some film.

    By eastman kodak on Apr 22, 2013

  6. someone here told me he`s only 3 chords and talentless and so on. like all of them bad musicians. true?

    By fruchtas on Apr 22, 2013

  7. There is a great sounding 2CD boot called “Power and Glory: Live’ recorded at the World Music Theatre, Finley Park, Illinois, USA, September 12, 1992. Expands on these tunes with the same band. PS: I was at the Radio City Show you saw and I liked it. Got to meet the man backstage, who offered us some vegetarian snacks. Different strokes, eh Revolutionarybum?

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Apr 23, 2013

  8. timmy - unavoidable complications could mean anything. but im betting its health issues.

    By darth on Apr 23, 2013

  9. our hero

    By fresh cream on Apr 23, 2013

  10. in the 60s and 70s ktel did those re-recordings of tv themes and other similar compilations that were supposed to be the original recordings but werent. the reason they werent was so they didnt have to pay the original musicians that actually recorded the pieces. they hired session musicians to recreate the songs. many of those records turned up in five n dime shops like woolworths on the east coast. one of the musicians on many 100s of those recordings was lou reed.

    By darth on Apr 23, 2013

  11. some of the more zealous managers would release a hit song from their stable to ktel simultaneously releasing the hit on their own label this way they could get the money from kids that could only afford budget lps .
    They were more concerned about royalties in their own pockets than promoting their artists releases.

    By darth on Apr 23, 2013

  12. some of the more zealous managers would release a hit song from their stable to ktel

    morris levy did this to tommy james.
    its in the book.

    By Stan Tall on Apr 24, 2013

  13. I know all about this topic even before roio

    By Charlie on Apr 24, 2013

  14. well this certainly beats metal machine… I rather like the Take No Prisoners stage tho’ any Lou is good when it comes right down to it.

    By matt the cat on Apr 24, 2013

  15. well this certainly beats metal machine

    man you got that right!

    By sluggo on Apr 24, 2013

  16. the posting above that starts with ’some of the more zealous’ isnt mine.

    By darth on Apr 24, 2013

  17. Lou Reed’s recent liver transplant: http://tinyurl.com/klajugc

    By Dingus on Jun 1, 2013

  18. Reed, 71, cancelled a number of concerts in April and had surgery in Cleveland rather than in his native New York due to what Anderson described as the “dysfunctional” hospitals in his home town. ???

    a guy spends most of his life using hard drugs and living a bi-sexual lifestyle and calls the medical system dysfunctional. he should get down on his knees and thank everyone involved that he gets to live. try take care of yourself folks you get one body and most of us cannot afford to buy organ transplants.

    By sluggo on Jun 2, 2013

  19. I have two friends who both need organ transplants to live. Neither lived the rock and roll life style, both were hard working family men, good men, and neither can afford the cost.
    Reading the comments from laurie anderson /lou reed made me want to throw up.sorry.

    By sluggo on Jun 2, 2013

  20. i wonder how much of that bisexual lifestyle affected his liver? (eyeroll)

    By darth on Jun 2, 2013

  21. I don’t think sluggo meant that being bisexual had anything to do with his liver, it was more of the disfuncional medical system…kinda like the pot calling the kettle black. I agree, the rich get the biggest houses and the nicest cars but shouldn’t be pushed to the top of the list when it comes to organ transplants.

    By nubious on Jun 2, 2013

  22. darth many bi-sexuals , straights and gays contracted hep c [liver disease] which leads to liver failure practicing unprotected sex in the 70`s and 80`s .
    I was simply implying he took double the risk , and possibly/probably brought this disease on through his life style choices. It doesn`t seem fair that people like him and david crosby were top of the list destroying their organs and top of the list for transplants.
    I also thought you would be intelligent enough to equate the lifestyle with the disease.apparently not.

    By sluggo on Jun 2, 2013

  23. eyeroll.

    By sluggo on Jun 2, 2013

  24. if straight ppl get hep c and we know they do.. then being bisexual (assuming lou is of course) isnt going to increase his liver disease odds. he didnt get a disease like hep c that i know of. in fact i think if u have hep c they dont do the surgery. perhaps they do. im sure someone will say gregg allman has it or something. i dont know either way - im just saying. i know he drank (both gregg and lou). i dont know why lou had his liver replaced. im guessing theyre keeping that under wraps.
    as for the lifestyle - it often comes with the money to afford it. which in turn provides the opportunity to afford the solution even if temporarily.
    i admit i didnt consider hep c as a possible reason for lou’s surgery. my mind went towards his drinking. i couldnt imagine that even with money (altho i guess with enough of it anything is possible eh?) he could get the liver replaced due to hep c. if anyone does find out what resulted in him needing that liver i would be interested. if it does turn out to be hep c - i apologize and admit i was wrong.

    By darth on Jun 2, 2013

  25. darth u know nothing about lou reed and his health history. its none of your damn business or anyone elses why he needed a liver transplant.

    go to webmd.com or your beloved wikipedia and educate yourself on liver disease and hepatitis.

    heres an article about lou and rachel: http://tinyurl.com/b6hfy2n

    “i dont know either way - im just saying.”
    that sums it up for most of your comments here. oh and btw… “eyeroll” is two words. eye roll.

    By barth on Jun 2, 2013

  26. my main issue i guess is folks just not taking care of themselves and it goes back to the two good guys i mentioned who right now are in dire need of a transplant.
    I just can`t quite figure out these ” stars” anymore who chose to live a dangerous lifestyle as if they had no idea the repercussins.
    Look at phillip seymour hoffman now coming out of rehab for heroin use. Heroin , i mean, really ..you didn`t know that was dangerous???
    And we deify these idiots!
    I am not against straights , gays, blacks whites you name it but I am having a hard time feeling sorry for idiots.

    By sluggo on Jun 2, 2013

  27. “i wonder how much of that bisexual lifestyle affected his liver?” Guess that depends on the size of the bbc’s.

    By blood shot anus on Jun 3, 2013

  28. i found this today -

    By darth on Jun 3, 2013

  29. Lou must have been feeling the effects of the hospital drugs when he made his ridiculous statement. “health regimen”… maybe after 1980 or so…

    By Dingus on Jun 3, 2013

  30. Latest Lou Reed update: http://tinyurl.com/k4jvd8y

    By Dingus on Jun 4, 2013

  31. Dingus - HA! Brilliant.

    By lowendbill on Jun 4, 2013

  32. bill, I wish I could take credit for writing it!

    By Dingus on Jun 4, 2013

  33. Rest in peace man, another legend gone to early.

    By Creatist on Oct 28, 2013

  34. LOU REED has Passed away. Dear Big O…. any Lou Reed or VELVET UNDERGROUND you can offer up would be very much appreciated at this time….

    Thank you, BIG O

    By THE Russian Assassin on Oct 28, 2013

  35. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND….Live at The Boston Tea Party 3/15/69,,,, anyone have it? The SISTER RAY on there is a SMOKER!!!!!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Oct 28, 2013

  36. help can any one help me with a a edit program to improve the sound of live concert m3p files example to lift vocals maybe fix up the sound stage etc any advise would be great

    By the duke on Oct 28, 2013

  37. Hello duke- Audio Hijack for Macs is very good, and Goldwave for Windows is excellent. Both have Equalizer features, Goldwave is much more extensive.

    By Dingus on Oct 28, 2013

  38. Thanks to Lou Reed for helping revitalize the great Little Jimmy Scott’s career in the early ’90s. Lou said of Jimmy “He has the voice of an angel and can break your heart.” Some of Jimmy’s early material on Savoy has been reissued, and Rhino has also re-released several of his Atlantic albums.

    By Dingus on Oct 28, 2013

  39. the old k-tel recordings where ‘original’ themes from tv etc were to be found werent in fact the original recordings. these were re-recordings done with a studio session band with lou reed on guitar so they didnt have to pay royalties to the original musicians that did the original themes. there were dozens and dozens of these from the 60s. collectors of all things lou reed might want to search these out.

    By darth on Oct 28, 2013

  40. here we go again . Love to see where you got this info from.

    By sluggo on Oct 28, 2013

  41. I remember reading that in a bio about lou,darth.Can’t imagine they would be easy to find what with the cheap packaging i.e. no personnel and/or technical notes on the albums.

    By matt the cat on Oct 28, 2013

  42. Reed was at Pickwick, not K-Tel. The book “Lou Reed - The Biography” discusses this in the chapter “The Pickwick Period”.

    According to wikipedia: “Singer-songwriter Lou Reed once worked as a staff songwriter for Pickwick Records, and gained experience in their small recording studio. Several of Pickwick’s soundalike albums from 1964 to 1965 feature Reed as an uncredited session musician.”

    Lou Reed worked at Pickwick Records as a songwriter and musician, and recorded several singles under various band names. Pickwick is where Lou and John Cale first met, wrote and recorded together. Here’s a fine article by The Hound on Lou Reed’s pre-VU days:

    By Dingus on Oct 28, 2013

  43. Thank you for correcting the historical record, Dingus. darth, people are trying to remember and memorialize Lou Reed. Your desperate-for-attention display of dubious facts really isn’t needed or appropriate. I don’t want to jump on the “dump on darth” bandwagon, but please just hold off for a couple of days.

    By YogaforCynics on Oct 28, 2013

  44. case dismissed. I knew about Pickwick and was just wondering if the resident liar would reveal his “sources”.
    R.I.P. Lou your Velvets records got us through many a long day at the old hippie boutique I worked in way-y-y-y back.

    By sluggo on Oct 28, 2013

  45. I knew Reed worked at Pickwick, and I also knew that darth had no sources to reveal. The less said, the better. Lou wasn’t the nicest guy out there, but he made some great music. R.I.P.

    By Dingus on Oct 29, 2013

  46. great post darth and much appreciated.screw everyone else

    By Constructive Criticism and Friendly Advice on Oct 29, 2013

  47. thanks Dingus thanks for the response sorry for all lou reed fans a great loss

    By the duke on Oct 29, 2013

  48. duke- you’re welcome!

    By Dingus on Oct 29, 2013

  49. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/lou-reed-david-bowie-jon-cale-tributes/

    By darth on Oct 29, 2013

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