LOU REED - DAYTON 1974 (R.I.P. 1942-2013)

October 28, 2013 – 6:35 am

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died on October 27, 2013 on Long Island. He was 71. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May, Rolling Stone reported. According to the Associated Press news agency, Reed’s literary agent said he died of a “liver-related ailment”. Andrew Wylie said the musician died at his home in Long Island, New York, on Sunday morning and had not been well “for a few months”.

With the Velvet Underground in the late ’60s, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry. As a restlessly inventive solo artist, from the ’70s into the 2010s, he was chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn. Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example. “One chord is fine,” he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. “Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.”

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Dayton 1974 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Palace Theatre, Dayton, OH; October 27, 1974. With parts from: The Felt Forum, New York, NY October 9, 1974; and patched audio in Heroin from The St. Bernard Civic Auditorium, Chalmette, LA; November 8, 1974. Excellent soundboard.

Thanks to lurid uk who originally shared this at Dime and to acetboy for the fixes.

acetboy noted:

There is some wild panning during the stereo parts [in the original tracks]. I’m guessing that the recording is the sound as it was sent to the PA. A stereo PA that they were having fun moving things around in.

I applied a bit of eq to this. And evened out the channels to keep equal energy in them throughout. There is a certain shimmery sound to the cymbals that we’ll have to live with. I didn’t want to kill the high end.

There is a cut in ‘Heroin’ that always bugged me. I had a feeling I could patch it if I had the right source to use. I suspected that the only possibility for a patch source would be the Chalmette gig from a couple of weeks after the Dayton show. I finally got that recording recently when it was shared again. Thanks slashdog!!

During the part that needed patching the band is pretty much playing the same thing at both shows. It took some work but I got it so that the patch source would play right in time with the Dayton ‘Heroin’. That is, it would play in time for a few measures right before the Dayton recording cuts and then for a few measures after the Dayton recording comes back in.

Of course Lou’s phrasing is never the same. During the crossfades that bring the two versions together you can hear two Lous briefly on a word or two. I had this one version with a long crossfade in and it sounded like two Lous singing the vocal in ’round’. For those who don’t want the patched ‘Heroin’ I am including the original track unpatched.

Thanks to Candy55 for the artwork, modified slightly here.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Tuning 1:26 (2.4MB)
Track 102. Intro Instrumental 2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 103. Sweet Jane 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 104. Vicious 6:29 (10.9MB)
Track 105. Ride Sally Ride 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 106. Heroin 12:41 (21.3MB)
Track 107. Kill Your Sons 6:09 (10.3MB)
Track 108. NY Stars 6:32 (11.0MB)
Track 109. Animal Language 3:23 (5.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Waiting For Sally improv/Sally Can’t Dance 9:20 (14.7MB)
Track 202. Bass solo jam 3:43 (6.3MB)
Track 203. Walk On The Wild Side 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 204. White Light White Heat 5:45 (9.7MB)
Track 205. NY Telephone Conversation/Goodnight Ladies 1:25 (2.4MB)
Track 206. Rock And Roll 12:40 (21.3MB)
87 mins

Tracks 101, 102, 103, 104 and 203 are mono soundboard recordings from The Felt Forum. The other tracks are stereo soundboard recordings from The Palace Theatre. Heroin has a 90-second audience recording patch taken from the Chalmette recording.

Lou Reed - vocals, mayhem
Danny Weiss - guitar
Michael Fonfara - keyboards
Eric Peter ‘Mouse’ Johnson - drums
Prakash John - bass on the NY tracks maybe all the others
Peter Hodgeson - bass maybe on the others besides NY

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  1. 53 Responses to “LOU REED - DAYTON 1974 (R.I.P. 1942-2013)”

  2. Thank you very much, BIG O.

    ” Satellite’s gone up to the skies Things like that drive me out of my mind” RIP LOU

    By THE Russian Assassin on Oct 28, 2013

  3. If you have Never heard the LOU REED masterpiece lp called “TRANSFORMER”… Please go buy it right now! What a great lp! RIP LOU

    By THE Russian Assassin on Oct 28, 2013

  4. There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out…

    By YogaforCynics on Oct 28, 2013

  5. I would have sweared the short intro/instrumental was live Talking Heads circa early ’80’s!

    RIP Lou.

    By Dave on Oct 28, 2013

  6. I mentioned this show to someone because I was there. Thank you.

    By Chin Ho on Oct 28, 2013

  7. it was always hard to imagine a world w/o lou reed. ive known who he was for about 41 yrs and now hes gone. wow. when i was in nyc id see him constantly. he showed up at all sorts of events. i hope laurie anderson is doing ok.

    By darth on Oct 28, 2013

  8. I Loved Him!His Music was Fantastic special Velvet Underground!

    By dead-head-udo on Oct 28, 2013

  9. Sha la la la la, man.

    By mr upside down on Oct 28, 2013

  10. Thank you

    By daij on Oct 28, 2013

  11. This could be the ultimate Lou Reed live show. Thanks for sharing this Big O! R.I.P. Mr. Reed.

    By Ernie Clark on Oct 28, 2013

  12. Thanks, biO. R.I.P., Lou. It was a great ride.

    By NAMoosedog on Oct 28, 2013

  13. This is the first I heard, and I’m stunned.

    Discovered him in ‘83 in my brother’s tape collection, and his lyrics were the best I’d heard. Across the room I have every album of his from VU demos to Magic and Loss, along with all I’ve collected here.

    Don’t know what else to say, but I always wanted to play football for the coach. And for a young songwriter, there were few better coaches than Lou Reed.

    By Steve MC on Oct 28, 2013

  14. Thanks for this! ‘Kill Your Sons’ may be my favorite Lou track ever. RIP indeed. I think I’ll have an eggcreme today. We all want those.

    By Starrwatts on Oct 28, 2013

  15. This ist great, thank you! But I’m looking for a free download of Glasgow 1973 – with Hunter & Wagner (see at concert vault).

    By Tony Lauber on Oct 28, 2013

  16. CBC and Lou Reed

    By sluggo on Oct 28, 2013

  17. Chin Ho,I was at this show as well. Second guitarest not mentioned was Steve Hunter.

    By dwk on Oct 28, 2013

  18. Thank God & Greyhound…….. *

    By Timmy on Oct 28, 2013

  19. Thanks. Note - The guitar player with Lou is Danny Weis. There is a guitarist that spells it Weiss, but that is a different guy.

    By JB on Oct 29, 2013

  20. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-waits-triumphs-at-bridge-school-benefit-20131028?utm_source=dailynewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    The Tom Waits set was the clear highlight of the night, but My Morning Jacket gave him a good fight. They revived their note-perfect duet with Neil Young on “Harvest Moon” from night one, and followed it up with the Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin”” as a tribute to Lou Reed. Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis and other performers from the night came onstage for this, leading to a massive campfire-like sing along on the Loaded classic. Surprisingly, they were the only act the entire night to acknowledge Reed’s passing.

    By darth on Oct 29, 2013

  21. http://diffuser.fm/pearl-jam-lou-reed-tribute/

    By darth on Oct 29, 2013

  22. http://loudwire.com/lou-reed-cause-of-death-revealed-more-rockers-react/

    By darth on Oct 29, 2013

  23. im sure many here wont know who these people are but..
    Noel Harrison, actor and singer (”The Windmills of Your Mind”), died of a heart attack, 79 on oct 20th. He was the son of actor Rex Harrison.
    Al Johnson, soul singer (The Unifics), cause not reported, 65. died on oct 26th.

    By darth on Oct 29, 2013

  24. one more posting about reed.. this is a really good obit -

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/28/lou-reed?CMP=ema_565&et_cid=54197&[email protected]&Linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.theguardian.com%2fmusic%2f2013%2foct%2f28%2flou-reed

    By darth on Oct 29, 2013

  25. Legs McNeil’s tribute to Lou Reed: http://tinyurl.com/ka2od3s

    By Dingus on Oct 29, 2013

  26. Lester Bang’s interview with Lou Reed in 1973. “he managed to live up to his reputation for making interviewers uncomfortable.” http://tinyurl.com/qzbblpk

    I highly recommend the book “Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor Dung”, a collection of Lester’s writing. Lou Reed was one of Lester’s favorite topics, and it includes the article “Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves or, How I Slugged It Out With Lou Reed and Stayed Awake”.

    By Dingus on Oct 29, 2013

  27. well it seems the gawd lord needed a bonerfide songwriter cuz lately shes been claiming too many players and its gettin` far too lopsided with noodlin` and very little writing.
    then again is lou in heaven, hell, or where most of us wood rather be, and that is anywhere the born again hair coiffed dickheads aren`t .
    thass right, rock and roll heavenhell, a third place, garunteed to be a rip snortin leave the granola at home butt shakin` good time roadhouse ,just this side of pardisee where lou can walk the wild side unfettered by the likes of normal twits.

    By gee ho shes phat on Oct 29, 2013

  28. heres one for that ol crazy darth boy shood cheer his ass up
    lou you air a saint a saint a saint of rocket roll

    By gee ho shes phat on Oct 29, 2013

  29. He said to the fat blonde actress; Loaded is super; Thanks Lou Reed and thanks to the the Big O.

    By hfs radio fan on Oct 29, 2013

  30. Thanks for this - helps ease the pain of a world without Lou.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Oct 29, 2013

  31. if anyone is anal about info details.. the above clip is from the nyc mtv studios in mid to late 94. i dont have an exact date on it sorry. its obviously acoustic and it is officially released. the video clip is 5′27 but on the cd it was released on as a collection of 120 minutes performances its 5′38. i dont know if the oct 24th date at the beginning of the clip is the actual date of the performance or not. i suppose it might be. victoria will be 55 in 2 months and this song (but not from this performance) is also part of a collection she released that year 19 years ago when she was 35.

    By darth on Oct 29, 2013

  32. if anyone is anal ..???
    wrong blog there buck-a-roo

    By gee ho shes phat on Oct 29, 2013

  33. Anal, darth? In the immortal words of Annie Hall: “that’s a polite word for what you are.”

    By Innocent Bystander on Oct 29, 2013

  34. u would know with your head so far up my anal.

    By darth on Oct 30, 2013

  35. Oh dear, come on girls put the handbags down. this isn’t the place for your continued lover’s spat.
    THIS one is about Lou! Can we not leave the attempted Darth-baiting for once?!

    Thanks Big O!

    THANKS Lou - travelled along Big Bro snce the Sixties!
    You are and will continue to be sorely missed

    By swappers on Oct 30, 2013

  36. darth said - “if anyone is anal about info details..” Please go on….

    darth said - “its obviously acoustic” Not when three of the four guitars are electric.

    As someone else said recently - “darth, people are trying to remember and memorialize Lou Reed. Your desperate-for-attention display of dubious facts really isn’t needed or appropriate.”

    darth’s self portrait - http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/567775/

    By darth k-tel on Oct 30, 2013

  37. I like another side of lou reed in those files with Don Cherry

    By Philippe Cailloux on Oct 30, 2013

  38. u would know with your head so far up my anal.

    just checking the acoustics

    By green energy on Oct 30, 2013

  39. i’m sorry all-I meant for my handle to be darth k-y jelly as befits my stupid comments.

    By darth k-tel on Oct 30, 2013

  40. darth’s been doin’ so much gol durn cypherin’ with all them thar craaazee numbers that he plum fergot that acoustical geetars don’t get plugged inta eelectricool amplifiers!!!!

    By darth's abacus on Oct 30, 2013

  41. i dont make things up. i get my info from other sources when necessary. case in point…
    check this site -


    i refer u to the line quoted below -

    “This was largely due to Pearl Jam incorporating their own take on the song into their live performances, and Williams has appeared with the band a handful of times on stage to perform the song. The song took yet another breathtaking turn when Williams recorded an acoustic version alongside none other than Lou Reed on MTV’s 120 Minutes, and this is without question one of the most stunning moments ever captured on tape.”

    By darth on Oct 30, 2013

  42. darth, you’re as full of crap as everyone here says you are! gee ho shes phat gave a link above to a VIDEO that shows three people in the band playing ELECTRIC guitars!!! THE VIDEO PROVES THAT THE ARTICLE YOU JUST QUOTED IS WRONG!!!

    I refer YOU to gee ho shes fat link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH-Haji7lvA#t=94

    “darth, people are trying to remember and memorialize Lou Reed. Your desperate-for-attention display of dubious facts really isn’t needed or appropriate.”

    By darth k-tel on Oct 30, 2013

  43. dont u think that the person who wrote the article was looking at the video or the show itself when he wrote it? all i did was quote the article. it isnt about me. i know u have a desperate need to make it about me. ironically u claim im the one in need of attention but if anyone is really paying attn it is u who is actually trying to get the attn.

    By darth on Oct 30, 2013

  44. darth, you never knew who was in the video or what it was about until you clicked gee ho shes phat’s link.

    By darth k-tel on Oct 30, 2013

  45. RIP Mr. Reed


    By datdemdar on Oct 30, 2013

  46. whats a darth ?

    By gee ho shes phat on Oct 30, 2013

  47. i am gonna grab this one, fellahs!


    By I-) on Oct 31, 2013

  48. > with Don Cherry

    thanks for the pointer to that!!!


    By I-) on Oct 31, 2013

  49. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/billy-adamson-dies/

    By darth on Nov 13, 2013

  50. Well, at least we got 29 decent comments before the childish nonsense kicked in again. Can you children please take your bickering somewhere else?

    Thanks Big O, and RIP to the great Lou Reed.

    By dorgunr on Nov 18, 2013

  51. http://diffuser.fm/velvet-underground-im-not-a-young-man/

    By darth on Nov 28, 2013

  52. ‘I’m Not a Young Man Anymore,” a previously unreleased live track by the Velvet Underground, and five other songs from a concert at The Gymnasium in NYC in April 1967, are available right here on bigO: http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=1387#comments

    Thanks bigO!

    By Dingus on Nov 28, 2013

  53. The drummers name with the band for the 1974 tour at both the Dayton Ohio and the Felt Forum NYC performances was Eric “Mouse” Johnson, not Peter “Mouse” Johnson. Thanks for the memories and this post. I miss him too!
    Eric “Mouse” Johnson

    By Eric Johnson on Jul 18, 2014

  54. Hello Eric

    Thanks for the note and best wishes.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 18, 2014

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