LOU REED - WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - THE BEST OF LOU REED 12" LP Vinyl Album

"Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed" stands as a musical chronicle, capturing the essence of Lou Reed's post-Velvet Underground career. Released by RCA Records in 1977, this 12" LP vinyl album showcases Reed's artistic evolution after parting ways with the label. A compilation of his finest works, it serves as a testament to Reed's enduring impact on the music scene during this pivotal time period.

 

LOU REED - Walk On The Wild Side The Best Of Lou Reed 12" LP Vinyl Album
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Album Description:

In the world of vinyl record collecting, few names shine as brightly as Lou Reed, the iconic figurehead of rock and roll and a founding member of The Velvet Underground. Today, we delve into the world of "Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed", a 12" LP vinyl album that encapsulates the essence of this musical legend's solo career.

The Making of the Album

Released in 1977 by RCA Records, "Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed" marked a pivotal moment in Lou Reed's post-Velvet Underground solo career. After parting ways with RCA Records following his album "Coney Island Baby", this compilation served as a retrospective of his work up until that point.

Lou Reed, along with collaborators like David Bowie, Mark Ronson, and Bob Ezrin, took the helm as producers, ensuring that every track on this album was a true representation of Reed's artistic evolution.

Behind the Vinyl

The vinyl album "Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed" is more than just a collection of songs; it's a journey through Reed's sonic exploration. This LP comes complete with its original company inner sleeve, adding to its collectible charm.

The album art direction, a crucial aspect of any vinyl record, was masterminded by Julie Harris and Steve Ridgeway, while the cover design was a collaborative effort between Lou Reed himself and the talented photographer Mick Rock. The album's cover art is a glimpse into Reed's enigmatic personality, capturing the essence of the music within.

The Tracklist

Now, let's explore the soul-stirring tracks that make up "Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed":

1. "Satellite Of Love" - This song opens the album with its soothing yet thought-provoking lyrics and Reed's distinctive vocals.

2. "Wild Child" - A rebellious anthem that showcases Reed's ability to blend rock and poetry seamlessly.

3."I Love You" - A brief yet poignant moment that tugs at the heartstrings.

4. "How Do You Think It Feels" - A reflection on life's complexities, delivered with Reed's trademark wit.

5. "New York Telephone Conversation" - A short but sweet glimpse into Reed's lyrical genius.

6. "Walk on the Wild Side" - The title track, a timeless classic that needs no introduction.

7. "Sweet Jane" (live) - A live rendition of one of Reed's most beloved Velvet Underground songs.

8. "White Light/White Heat" (live) - Another live gem that captures the raw energy of Reed's performances.

9. "Sally Can't Dance" - A playful and catchy tune that showcases Reed's versatility.

10. "Nowhere At All" - A song that takes you on a journey through Reed's introspective side.

11. "Coney Island Baby" - The album concludes with this epic track, a testament to Reed's storytelling prowess.

A Collector's Must-Have

"Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed" is not just an album; it's a piece of music history. For collectors of vinyl records from the 1960s through the early 1990s

Music Genre:

 American Rock Pop 
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Production information:

The album: "LOU REED - Walk on the Wild Side the Best of Lou Reed" was produced by: Lou Reed, David Bowie, Mark Ronson, Bob Ezrin

Album cover design: Lou Reed, Rachel by Mick Rock

Album Art Direction: Julie Harris and Steve Ridgeway

Mick Rock, born on 24 November 1948, is a renowned British photographer widely known for his iconic images of rock and roll legends. Dubbed "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", Rock's distinctive style and uncanny ability to capture the essence of the music and artists he photographed have solidified his position as one of the most influential rock photographers of all time.

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Early Life:

Michael David Rock was born in London, England. From an early age, he displayed a deep interest in the arts and music. He attended Cambridge Arts College, where he further honed his artistic skills and developed a passion for photography. During this time, he experimented with various techniques and styles that would eventually define his unique visual language.

Rise to Fame:

In 1969, Mick Rock's career took a serendipitous turn when he met a young and relatively unknown musician named David Bowie (then known as David Jones). The meeting marked the beginning of a transformative partnership and close friendship between the two artists. Rock's camera lens would go on to capture some of the most iconic moments of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era, helping to cement Bowie's status as a legendary rock star.

Rock's ability to capture the raw and flamboyant energy of the emerging glam rock movement brought him to the forefront of the music scene. Throughout the 1970s, he became the go-to photographer for rock and roll royalty, working with iconic acts such as Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, The Ramones, and many others.

Photographic Style:

Mick Rock's style was characterized by a unique mix of intimate, candid shots, and staged, imaginative portraits. He had a keen eye for detail, and his use of lighting and composition brought a surreal and theatrical quality to his photographs. His pictures often managed to capture the vulnerability and charisma of his subjects, revealing the human side behind the rock star fa├žade.

The visual language he developed became synonymous with the glam rock era and significantly influenced the perception of rock and roll culture during that time. His images exuded an aura of decadence and hedonism, reflecting the spirit of the era's music and lifestyle.

Later Career:

As the music scene evolved, so did Mick Rock's photography. In the 1980s and beyond, he continued to collaborate with musicians from various genres, documenting the rise of new wave, punk, and post-punk acts. His versatility as a photographer allowed him to adapt to changing musical landscapes, capturing the essence of each unique era.

In addition to his photography work, Mick Rock has also directed music videos for prominent artists like David Bowie, including the iconic video for "Life on Mars?" He has published several acclaimed photography books, showcasing his vast collection of images from his decades-long career.

Legacy and Recognition:

Mick Rock's contributions to the world of rock and roll photography have earned him widespread recognition and numerous accolades. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and he continues to be celebrated as one of the pioneers of his craft. Rock's images have become an integral part of music history, immortalizing the spirit of some of the most legendary and influential musicians of all time.

Mick Rock a selection of album covers for which he has done the photography: Queen , David Bowie , Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Geordie, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Talking Heads , Roxy Music , Crossfade, Thin Lizzy, Mötley Crüe , and Blondie. Often referred to as "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", most of the memorable images of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were shot by Mick Rock, in his capacity as Bowie's official photographer.

Heavy Metal bands he has photographed include: Attila, Def Leppard , Doro , Fates Warning, Hallows Eve, Piece Dogs, Riot V, Thin Lizzy, Voivod , Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Record Label & Catalognr:

RCA NL 83753

Year & Country:

 1973 Made in Germany
Complete Track-listing of the album "LOU REED - Walk on the Wild Side the Best of Lou Reed"

The detailed tracklist of this record "LOU REED - Walk on the Wild Side the Best of Lou Reed" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. "Satellite Of Love" - 3:40
  2. "Wild Child" - 4:37
  3. "I Love You" - 2:18
  4. "How Do You Think It Feels" - 3:08
  5. "New York Telephone Conversation" - 1:32
  6. "Walk on the Wild Side" - 4:13
  7. "Sweet Jane" (live) - 4:29
  8. "White Light/White Heat" (live) - 5:01
  9. "Sally Can't Dance" - 2:53
  10. "Nowhere At All" - 3:11
  11. "Coney Island Baby" - 6:36

 

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