Saturday, November 2, 2013

A special version of "Berlin" by Lou Reed

In 2001, the release of the initially bootlegged album "Lou Reed: An American Poet", captured Lou Reed live at the Hempstead Theatre, New York on Boxing Day 26 December 1972. Hidden in the setlist there is a jewel version of the song "Berlin" from his first self titled album. Lou Reed went on to re-record the song with a different arrangement, one year later, for his 1973 album "Berlin". But this version, the live one, the badly recorded one, is for me one of the best that he ever recorded. The lyrics of the song say at one point " could hear the guitars play / It was very nice / it was paradise / You're right and I'm wrong / hey babe, I'm gonna miss you now that you're gone". And that says it all.

Listen to:
Lou Reed - Berlin(Live)

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