May 7, 2009 – 3:39 pm

LOU REED (R.I.P. 1942-2013)
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. Reed had a liver transplant in May, and the wikipedia reported that Reed had died from liver disease. According to the Associated Press, 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,” Rolling Stone reported.

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Leave Me Alone [Midnight Beat, 2CD]

Live at Akron, New York, October 23, 1976. Very good soundboard.

According to the cover art, the first three tracks on Disc One - Intro Jam; Sweet Jane and Coney Island Baby - were recorded in Albany, New York on November 16, 1976; and the last track on Disc Two, Leave Me Alone, recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 8, 1975.

However, Lou Reed fan, OndraK, disputes the recording date. OndraK notes: “I think [the first three tracks] are also from the Akron show, there is no cut between songs, the sound remains absolutely identical… To verify that, note that after the show in Akron, Coney Island Baby was moved into the middle of the set where it stood till the end of the tour… not right after Sweet Jane as it’s presented here.

“Leave Me Alone - Christchurch, March 8, 1975 - which is total nonsense, if Lou really played in Christchurch it was in August. Anyway this song is from Hordern Pavillion, Sydney, July 19, 1975.”

When Lou Reed played at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on December 1, 1976, he had jazz trumpeter Don Cherry to join him on stage. There is no Don Cherry here but saxophonist Marty Fogel has no problem helping to hold the fort. And let’s admit it - Lou Reed has a kind of deadpan voice. But with a sneaking saxophone in the background, it’s like a whole new ballgame.

Instead of a rock ‘n’ roll show, it becomes a jazzy rock ‘n’ roll show and it certainly brightens up the works. Just listen to the “stabbing” sax on Charley’s Girl or the psychedelic feel on Kill Your Sons. Above all, Fogel lays down such a nice groove that the listener has no choice but to just ride along.

Lou Reed would release Rock And Roll Heart within weeks of this gig and fans had a taste of the new tracks such as I Believe In Love, You Wear It So Well, Ladies Pay, Rock & Roll Heart, Claim To Fame and A Sheltered Life.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Disc 1
Intro Jam (13.7MB)
Sweet Jane (6.8MB)
Coney Island Baby (10.7MB)
I Believe In Love (4.2MB)
Lisa Says (9.9MB)
Kicks (10.6MB)
She’s My Best Friend (9.2MB)
Waiting For My Man (13.5MB)
A Sheltered Life (3.0MB)
The Kids (7.9MB)
Claim To Fame (4.3MB)
Vicious Circle (4.8MB)

Disc 2
Walk On The Wild Side (7.0MB)
Rock & Roll Heart (5.1MB)
Charley’s Girl (7.8MB)
Kill Your Sons (6.8MB)
Satellite Of Love (7.3MB)
How Do You Think It Feels (7.3MB)
You Wear It So Well (6.7MB)
Oh Jim (11.6MB)
Berlin (8.8MB)
Ladies Pay (5.2MB)
Heroin (14.0MB)
Leave Me Alone (Sydney 1975) (7.3MB)

Lou Reed - vocals, guitar
Michael Fonfara - keyboards
Bruce Yaw - bass
Marty Fogel - sax
Michael Suchorsky - drums

Click here to order Lou Reed’s Rock And Roll Heart.

  1. 32 Responses to “JAZZY LOU REED”

  2. Excellent.

    By matt_the_cat on May 8, 2009

  3. Just a guess, not having heard the recording yet; ‘Ladies Pay’ is actually ‘Lady Day’ from Berlin.

    By pchilds on May 8, 2009

  4. A groovy dime store operative once saud: “Dig”.
    Thanx for the Lou Live!

    By Timmy on May 8, 2009

  5. Hello pchilds. Thanks for your comment but the song is Ladies Pay. It’s from the Rock and Roll Heart album.

    By bigozine2 on May 8, 2009

  6. un super concert , merci

    By andré on May 8, 2009

  7. thank you!

    By d2p on May 9, 2009

  8. Nostalgic!

    By Rochacrimson on May 9, 2009

  9. Is this recording mono? Anyway, I saw Lou on this tour in NYC, November 13, 1976 and he didn’t play a guitar until “Sister Ray” which was probably the encore. I wish I could find a recording of this tour that includes “Sister Ray.”

    By jalisee on May 9, 2009

  10. Hello Jalisee
    Yes, it does sound like mono. But it’s a very good recording. Enjoy!

    By bigozine2 on May 9, 2009

  11. Thanks for another Lou show to add to my collection

    By Matt on May 13, 2009

  12. I forwarded this link to Marty Fogel. He got the biggest kick out of hearing his younger self with Lou Reed. He said it brought back a lot of memories of a great couple of years touring with Lou Reed.

    By NJDUKE on May 16, 2009

  13. Top Great weiter so!

    By udo on Mar 13, 2010

  14. great show less jazzy than the one at the roxy with free JAZZ trumpeter DON CHERRY which is an another AMAZING SHOW from 1976.
    what a great year for LOU !
    and a VERY good album “Rock n roll heart” the same

    keep on rockin’ in the free world

    By juju on Jul 21, 2011

  15. Old age may come and bring the friends, but music like this keeps the memories alive of when we all walked on the wild side. To all those friends dead, in jail or gone to other things. A truly great boot this one.

    By Creatist on Mar 24, 2012

  16. Appreciate the repost but 4Share wants access to all my social media for the HTML files. Not quite what I expected from BigO. Got the rest and left the 4Shared for now.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Oct 31, 2013

  17. Johnny, you can record streaming audio with either Goldwave for Windows or Audio Hijack for Macs. Just play the track on 4Share’s site and record it. If you need to trim the track, you will also need Fission for Mac. These are not free programs.

    By Dingus on Oct 31, 2013

  18. johnny - get the akron show from tube7 if u want it. its one of 17 items there. its in flac i believe. u can also find it among the 133 items i mentioned were on sugarmeg if u were willing to accept it as a single wma file. if u want u can convert the wma file to mp3 and / or the flac to wav/mp3. if u need the link on tube because u cant find it.. ask and ill help u.

    By darth on Oct 31, 2013

  19. darth wiil help u, he has nothing better to do than count up the lou reed shows on sugarmegs…….

    By darth's abacus on Oct 31, 2013

  20. Why did Lou Reed perform in the little village of Akron, NY?

    By Woodstock69Vet on Nov 3, 2013

  21. good question, Woodstock69Vet. According to this site, the show was in Akron OHIO, not NY.

    By barth on Nov 3, 2013

  22. of course its ohio not ny. its just a mistake/typo by the person who posted it here.

    By darth on Nov 3, 2013

  23. “of course”

    of course no one noticed it for over four years.

    of course i did the proper research and discovered the mistake after seeing Woodstock69Vet’s question.

    of course only a barmy nancy boy, or a fomenter desperate for attention, would insinuate that he already knew this.

    By barth on Nov 3, 2013

  24. hello bigO- this one needs a correction, the show was in Akron Ohio, not Akron NY. Thank you.


    By barth on Nov 3, 2013

  25. of course only a barmy nancy boy, or a fomenter desperate for attention…

    of course….that would be you.Utterly pathetic

    By joe colostrum on Nov 3, 2013

  26. i say we all take up a collection and pay for darths cable . tv seems to keep him away from here.

    By joe colostrum on Nov 3, 2013

  27. darth is my man crush, it’s on Tube7,lol.Case closed

    By joe colostrum on Nov 3, 2013

  28. darth could you let us know the next time olivia newton john is on tv ?

    By joe colostrum on Nov 3, 2013

  29. i say we all take up a collection and pay for darths cable . tv seems to keep him away from here.

    i say we bend you over and give you somethng to really cry about,lol

    By barth on Nov 4, 2013

  30. and i say you’re not my type joe. brooklyn decker and alyssa miller can happily verify that. :-)

    By barth on Nov 4, 2013

  31. i am he and he is me as we are we and we are all just darthy

    By joe colostrum on Nov 4, 2013

  32. I need to give myself an enema wake up call….I guess I’m my own type…

    By barth on Nov 4, 2013

  33. joe with your anal fixation u should change your last name to colostomy bag. or butt plug. or gerbil.

    By barth on Nov 4, 2013

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