The RCA & Arista Album Collection

The RCA & Arista Album Collection

by Lou ReedLou Reed


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In 1972, Lou Reed was a minor cult hero to a handful of rock critics and left-of-center music fans who championed his former band, the Velvet Underground, but he was unknown to the mainstream music audience. By 1986, Reed was a rock & roll icon, widely hailed as a master songwriter and one of the founding fathers of punk, glam, noise rock, and any number of other vital rock subgenres; he even scored a few hits along the way. If you want to know what happened during those 14 years to make such a difference, the answer can be found in The RCA & Arista Album Collection, a 17-disc box set that brings together nearly all of Reed's recorded work from this period. This set includes seven albums Reed cut for RCA Records from 1972 to 1975 (Lou Reed, Transformer, Berlin, Rock n' Roll Animal, Sally Can't Dance, Metal Machine Music, and Coney Island Baby), five he recorded while signed to Arista from 1976 to 1980 (Rock and Roll Heart, Street Hassle, Live: Take No Prisoners, The Bells, Growing Up in Public), and four more Reed made after re-signing to RCA in 1982 (The Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts, New Sensations, Mistrial). Despite the bulk of this set, it isn't quite complete; two live albums are missing, 1975's Lou Reed Live (outtakes from the shows recorded for Rock n' Roll Animal that were released without Reed's input) and 1984's Live in Italy (a flawed but enjoyable concert recording with guitarist Robert Quine anchoring one of Reed's best live bands). But this set beautifully charts the formative years of Reed's solo career. The early RCA albums see him finding his feet, slipping into self-indulgence and decadence before making his way back to his strong suits. The Arista albums herald Reed's return to strong, personal songwriting, even as he struggles with his demons and his ego. And a newly sober Lou returned to RCA to make some of his strongest and bravest music since leaving the VU (even if Mistrial ended that run on a stumble). Reed supervised the remastering of these albums for this release, and for the most part the sound is observably cleaner and more present, especially the LPs recorded using binaural sound, which have lost some of their murk. And the packaging is lovely; each CD is housed in a reproduction of its original vinyl jacket, and the hardcover book is full of rare photos, clippings, original liner notes, and interviews, including some candid conversations between Reed and Danny Fields. The RCA & Arista Album Collection doesn't include any rare or unreleased material (and the bonus cuts that appeared on the previous CD releases of some of these albums aren't here), but for serious fans who want to reacquaint themselves with Reed's catalog of the '70s and '80s, it has rarely been presented with this degree of care, and there's plenty of brilliant music to be found here.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2016
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888430380325
catalogNumber: 303803
Rank: 48786


Disc 1

  1. I Can't Stand It
  2. Going Down
  3. Walk and Talk It
  4. Lisa Says
  5. Berlin
  6. I Love You
  7. Wild Child
  8. Love Makes You Feel
  9. Ride Into the Sun
  10. Ocean

Disc 2

  1. Vicious
  2. Andy's Chest
  3. Perfect Day
  4. Hangin' 'Round
  5. Walk On the Wild Side
  6. Make Up
  7. Satellite of Love
  8. Wagon Wheel
  9. New York Telephone Conversation
  10. I'm So Free
  11. Goodnight Ladies

Disc 3

  1. Berlin
  2. Lady Day
  3. Men of Good Fortune
  4. Caroline Says I
  5. How Do You Think It Feels
  6. Oh Jim
  7. Caroline Says II
  8. The Kids
  9. The Bed
  10. Sad Song

Disc 4

  1. Intro/Sweet Jane
  2. Heroin
  3. White Light/White Heat
  4. Lady Day
  5. Rock 'N' Roll

Disc 5

  1. Ride Sally Ride
  2. Animal Language
  3. Baby Face
  4. N.Y. Stars
  5. Kill Your Sons
  6. Ennui
  7. Sally Can't Dance
  8. Billy

Disc 6

  1. Metal Machine Music, Pt. 1
  2. Metal Machine Music, Pt. 2
  3. Metal Machine Music, Pt. 3
  4. Metal Machine Music, Pt. 4

Disc 7

  1. Crazy Feeling
  2. Charley's Girl
  3. She's My Best Friend
  4. Kicks
  5. A Gift
  6. Ooohhh Baby
  7. Nobody's Business
  8. Coney Island Baby

Disc 8

  1. I Believe In Love
  2. Banging On My Drum
  3. Follow the Leader
  4. You Wear It So Well
  5. Ladies Pay
  6. Rock and Roll Heart
  7. Chooser and the Chosen One
  8. Senselessly Cruel
  9. Claim to Fame
  10. Vicious Circle
  11. A Sheltered Life
  12. Temporary Thing

Disc 9

  1. Gimmie Some Good Times
  2. Dirt
  3. Street Hassle/Waltzing Matilda/Street Hassle/Slipaway
  4. I Wanna Be Black
  5. Real Good Time Together
  6. Shooting Star
  7. Leave Me Alone
  8. Wait

Disc 10

  1. Sweet Jane
  2. I Wanna Be Black
  3. Satellite of Love
  4. Pale Blue Eyes
  5. Berlin
  6. I'm Waiting for the Man

Disc 11

  1. Coney Island Baby
  2. Street Hassle
  3. Walk On the Wild Side
  4. Leave Me Alone

Disc 12

  1. Stupid Man
  2. Disco Mystic
  3. I Want to Boogie with You
  4. With You
  5. Looking for Love
  6. City Lights
  7. All Through the Night
  8. Families
  9. The Bells

Disc 13

  1. How Do You Speak to an Angel
  2. My Old Man
  3. Keep Away
  4. Growing Up In Public
  5. Standing On Ceremony
  6. So Alone
  7. Love Is Here to Stay
  8. The Power of Positive Drinking
  9. Smiles
  10. Think It Over
  11. Teach the Gifted Children

Disc 14

  1. My House
  2. Women
  3. Underneath the Bottle
  4. The Gun
  5. The Blue Mask
  6. Average Guy
  7. The Heroine
  8. Waves of Fear
  9. The Day John Kennedy Died
  10. Heavenly Arms

Disc 15

  1. Legendary Hearts
  2. Don't Talk to Me About Work
  3. Make Up Mind
  4. Martial Law
  5. The Last Shot
  6. Turn Out the Light
  7. Pow Wow
  8. Betrayed
  9. Bottoming Out
  10. Home of the Brave
  11. Rooftop Garden

Disc 16

  1. I Love You, Suzanne
  2. Endlessly Jealous
  3. My Red Joystick
  4. Turn to Me
  5. New Sensations
  6. Doin' the Things That We Want To
  7. Fly Into the Sun
  8. My Friend George
  9. High in the City
  10. Down at the Arcade
  11. The Great Defender (Down at the Arcade)

Disc 17

  1. Mistrial
  2. No Money Down
  3. Outside
  4. Don't Hurt a Woman
  5. Video Violence
  6. Spit It Out
  7. The Original Wrapper
  8. Mama's Got a Lover
  9. I Remember You
  10. Tell It to Your Heart

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Reed   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Synthesizer Guitar
Lou Martin   Horn
Rick Wakeman   Piano
Rubén Blades   Background Vocals
David Bowie   Background Vocals
Jack Bruce   Bass
Jim Carroll   Background Vocals
Steve Howe   Electric Guitar
Garland Jeffreys   Background Vocals
Robert Quine   Guitar
Steve Winwood   Organ,Harmonium
Michael Brecker   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Don Cherry   Trumpet
Jon Faddis   Horn
Marty Fogel   Percussion,Ocarina,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Electric Saxophone
Alex Foster   Horn
Herbie Flowers   Bass Guitar,Bass Strings
Steve Hunter   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Genya Ravan   Background Vocals
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Background Vocals
David Taylor   Horn
Michael Wendroff   Background Vocals
Jocelyn Brown   Background Vocals
Aynsley Dunbar   Drums
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Horn
Clem Cattini   Percussion
Ray Colcord   Keyboards
Barry DeSouza   Drums
Ritchie Dharma   Drums
Godfrey Diamond   Background Vocals
Rory Dodd   Background Vocals
Bob Ezrin   Piano,Choir, Chorus,Mellotron
Chrissy Faith   Vocals
Dennis Ferrante   Choir, Chorus
Paul Fleisher   Saxophone
Michael Fonfara   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron,Korg,fender rhodes,oberheim,Arp 2600
Helene Francois   Vocal Harmony
Kay Garner   Vocal Harmony
Chuck Hammer   Guitar
Connie Harvey   Background Vocals
Stuart Heinrich   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Angela Howell   Tambourine,Vocals
Hurdle   Bass Guitar
Steve Hyden   Choir, Chorus
Paul Keogh   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Trevor Koehler   Horn
Bob Kulick   Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass
J.T. Lewis   Drums
Allan MacMillan   Piano
Fred Maher   Drums
Eddie Martinez   Rhythm Guitar
Gene Martynec   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Sammy Merendino   Percussion
Brian Odgers   Bass Guitar
Doane Perry   Drums
Jon Pierson   Bass Trombone
Caleb Quaye   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar
Alan Rubin   Horn
Fernando Saunders   Bass,Electric Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Bass Strings
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Electric Violin
Michael Suchorsky   Percussion,Drums
Thunderthighs   Background Vocals
Eric Troyer   Background Vocals
Joanne Vent   Background Vocals
Klaus Voormann   Bass Guitar
Blue Weaver   Piano
Dick Wagner   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Danny Weis   Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Christine Wiltshire   Background Vocals
Peter Wood   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion
Bruce Yaw   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Doug Yule   Bass
Ellard Boles   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Whitey Glan   Drums
Marty Fogle   Saxophone
John Halzey   Drums
Steve Friedman   Bass
Prakash John   Bass,Background Vocals
Street Hassle   Vocals
Elizabeth March   Choir, Chorus
Tom Malone   Horn
Rick Bell   Tenor Saxophone
John Suhr   Guitar

Technical Credits

Allen Ginsberg   Text
David Bowie   Arranger,Producer
Nils Lofgren   Composer
Lou Reed   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Cover Art
Don Cherry   Composer
Lew Soloff   Horn Arrangements
Marty Fogel   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Mick Ronson   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,Bass Arrangement
Tom Adams   Cover Art
Julie Harris   Art Direction,Type Design
Robin Black   Engineer
Mike Bobak   Engineer
David Byrd   Cover Art
Greg Calbi   overdub engineer
Frank Campbell   Instrumentation
Godfrey Diamond   Producer,Engineer
Bob Ezrin   Arranger,Producer
Dennis Ferrante   overdub engineer
Don Fleming   Director
Michael Fonfara   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements
Jim Frank   overdub engineer
David Greenberg   Engineer
Frank Hubach   Remote Engineering
John Jansen   Producer,Engineer
Steve Katz   Producer
Bruce Lampcov   Engineer
Julie Last   Engineer
Allan MacMillan   Arranger
Sammy Merendino   drum programming
Jay Messina   overdub engineer
Ralph Moss   Remixing
Gus Mossler   Engineer
Rod O'Brien   Engineer
Fernando Saunders   Producer,drum programming
Aram Schefrin   String Arrangements
Ed Sprigg   overdub engineer
Corky Stasiak   Engineer
Michael Suchorsky   Composer
Rene Tinner   Engineer
Dan Turbeville   overdub engineer
Dave Whitman   Engineer
Hal Willner   Producer,Archival Consultant
Ellard Boles   Composer
Sean Fullan   Producer,Engineer
Gregg Caruso   Engineer
Joe Lopes   overdub engineer
Pat Martin   overdub engineer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Mick Rock   Illustrations,Cover Design,Cover Photo
Acy Lehman   Art Direction,Cover Art
Jay Krugman   Engineer
Rob Santos   Producer
Waring Abbott   Art Direction
Donn Davenport   Art Direction
Richard Robinson   Producer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Sylvia Reed   Cover Design
Bill Garland   Calligraphy
Tom Burleigh   Director
Peter Flanagan   Engineer
Steve Ridgeway   Art Direction,Type Design
Street Hassle   Liner Notes
Jim Reeves   overdub engineer
Shelley Yakus   overdub engineer
Mike Stone   Engineer
Richard Kewzey   overdub engineer
Arun Chakranerty   Digital Tape Master
Tom Malone   Horn Arrangements
DeWayne Dalrymple   Cover Photo
Jim Cass   Archival Consultant
Ernst Thornmahlen   Art Direction
Brent Bailer   Cover Illustration

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