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Transformer

Lou Reed

1972

Transformer

Album Summary

Transformer is the second solo studio album by American recording artist Lou Reed. Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, the album was released in November 1972 by RCA Records. It is considered an influential landmark of the glam rock genre, anchored by Reed's most successful single, "Walk on the Wild Side", which touched on then-controversial topics of sexual orientation, gender identity, prostitution, and drug use. Though Reed's self-titled debut solo album had been unsuccessful, Bowie had been an early fan of Reed's former band The Velvet Underground, and used his own fame to promote Reed, who had not yet achieved mainstream success.

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Rating

3.75

Votes

4954

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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5

Just a perfect album Drink sangria in the park And then later, when it gets dark We go home Just a perfect album Feed animals in the zoo Then later a movie, too And then home Oh, it's such a perfect album I'm glad I spent it with you Oh, such a perfect album You just keep me hanging on You just keep me hanging on

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5

Such a wonderful, cozy album. Makes me want to stay inside with friends and kiss a boy and dance around.

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5

The high water mark for glam. clever tunes, smart lyrics dealing with the underbelly of society and Bowie on production duties. One of my favourite albums of all time

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5

Totally seductive. Somehow he makes living on the wild side feel glamorous. I thought I’d get tired of his delivery which almost sounds bored, but it fits the music and lyrics well

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4

Cool glam rock album. I liked it when he rhymed 'nose' with 'toes'. 7/10

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5

I was familiar with Lou Reed to an extent, but hadn't listened to this entire album before. I was really blown away by it. Perfect Day is a perfect example of what makes Lou Reed great. On the surface it's a nice, pleasant sounding song, but there is this dark, ominous feeling that pervades it. Lou Reed lets us take a walk on the wild side just by listening to his music. I wasn't expecting to going into it, but I'm going with 5 stars for this one.

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5

I've found that pretty much anything David Bowie touched as a producer turned out to be among the best, if not the best, material that artist would ever put out. This album is no exception. Some nearly timeless and beautiful songwriting here presented with the perfect atmosphere and arrangements. Such a tight little package that still manages to cover many moods. Bowie does such a good job of sweetening Lou up without completely removing his bitter edge. Sounds effortlessly brilliant.

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David Bowie has never been shy about acknowledging his influences, and since the boho decadence and sexual ambiguity of the Velvet Underground's music had a major impact on Bowie's work, it was only fitting that as Ziggy Stardust mania was reaching its peak, Bowie would offer Lou Reed some much needed help with his career, which was stuck in neutral after his first solo album came and went. Musically, Reed's work didn't have too much in common with the sonic bombast of the glam scene, but at least it was a place where his eccentricities could find a comfortable home, and on Transformer Bowie and his right-hand man, Mick Ronson, crafted a new sound for Reed that was better fitting (and more commercially astute) than the ambivalent tone of his first solo album. Ronson adds some guitar raunch to "Vicious" and "Hangin' Round" that's a lot flashier than what Reed cranked out with the Velvets, but still honors Lou's strengths in guitar-driven hard rock, while the imaginative arrangements Ronson cooked up for "Perfect Day," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "Goodnight Ladies" blend pop polish with musical thinking just as distinctive as Reed's lyrical conceits. And while Reed occasionally overplays his hand in writing stuff he figured the glam kids wanted ("Make Up" and "I'm So Free" being the most obvious examples), "Perfect Day," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "New York Telephone Conversation" proved he could still write about the demimonde with both perception and respect. The sound and style of Transformer would in many ways define Reed's career in the 1970s, and while it led him into a style that proved to be a dead end, you can't deny that Bowie and Ronson gave their hero a new lease on life -- and a solid album in the bargain.

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4

TransFOURmer

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I'm guessing it's considered a great because of the lyrics and the people involved, but purely musically, it's an absolute borefest.

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I dislike him so so much I have no idea why

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5

Znany album artysty niezbyt znanego ze swojego samodzielnego dorobku artystycznego, bo jednak najwiekszym komercyjnym suksesem muzycznym pana Reeda byl velvet undergound, zwlaszcza z niko, po rozpadze bandy Reed musial jakos zrestartowac kariere, debiutancki solowy albmers nie przyjal sie zbyt dobrze, tym bardziej sprzedal, ale jak czesto w takich sytuacjach pojawia sie aniol stroz w postaci bowiego, ktory postanowil wykerowac Reeda jako fan velvetow, tak w wielkim skrocie wyglada orgin story transformera, nazwa calkowicie na miejscu, bo pod dowodctwem bowiego zostal stworzony kolejny album bedacy ikona rokowosci, w tym wypadku jest to dosc glamowe brzmienie, mocno nawiazujace do stylu boweigo, a czas nagraniowy pokryl sie z ziggowa faza, wiec jak dla mnie zloty okres jego tworczosci, slychac to nie tylko na produkcji i typowych zabiegach, jak zabawy tonami, uciekajacy przy napychjacymi na twarz dzwiekami, ale nawet w samych instrumentalach, czy wokalach, bo samego boweigo mozna uslyszec na niejednym chorku jak na Im so free, ale pajaki z ksiezyca rowniez sie tu pojawiaja, a nawet sam ronson uzyczyl gitarki i skilsow pianinowych, tak bardzo spiderowych, kontent liryczny mozna interpretowac jako punkt zwrotny w karierze i ucieczke przed velvetowym famem czy niefamem, o wiele mniej perwersyjne i kontrowersyjne tektsty, kilka bezposrednich aluzji do warhola i jego wplywu na wczesniejsza tworczosc, dodatkowo wspolnym mianownikiem bedzie kobieta, bo jakas zawsze sie pojawia posrednio lub bezposrednio jako adresat liryki badz glowna postac balladowania, jak na traku walk on the wild side, gdzie przejawia sie kilka portretow roznych ludzi w roznych sytuacjach, dziwnym uczuciem jest to ze ta produkcja bowiego o wiele lepiej sie zestarzala, niz niektorego jego wlasne albumy, mniej skomplikowane aranzacje, nieraz na dwa instrumenty i spokojny baryton Reeda z instynktem studyjnym boweigo stworzylo cos unikalnego jak na album lat 70, polowe albumu juz mam na plejce, wiec dodam tylko Im so free, cala plyta ma tylko 36 minut, wiec i tak po pierwszym traku ciezko wylaczyc przed koncem

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4

This record is cool as sh!t! Only 2nd listen I believe but forgot how bad ass!

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2

Couple of good tunes but the pseudo poetry and nonsensical lyrics on the other tracks detracted from the overall album.

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I'd say this is actually a bad album. It's quite arch, and a lot of the songs are stupid. Two bangers though.

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I expected to like this as I'm generally a fan of the Lou Reed-fronted Velvet Underground. But I didn't. Reed's performances here are utterly boring and uninspired, the lyrics are extremely repetitive, and there's a saxophone solo (automatic one-star deduction). And then a tuba solo (there goes another star). And then there are jazz flutes... it's just an unredeemable mess, to be honest. Which is a shame because I had such high hopes.

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I've never liked Lou Reed. I don't like this early 70s glam rock stuff in general. This album is no exception to either of those things. 2/5.

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5

A classic album. Reed's best collection of songs, in my opinion, combined with perfect balance of art-rock and pop.

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5

Lou Reed made better records before and after, but ‘Transformer’ has a hold of my heart. From the stellar glam rock production contributions of David Bowie and Mick Ronson to Lou’s subversive tales of the early 70s glam/gay scene, this album is a landmark in queer art.

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5

I have listened to this album MANY times these past few months. Underrated, indeed.

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5

Made for a perfect day

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5

Better than I would have expected. Had a thought his voice would be unappealing to listen to and I enjoyed this.

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5

Awesome album. Heard it multiple timen and can't get enough.

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5

Mixed feelings about this one. Full of massive tunes but I’ve always found the lyrics to be a bit childish or sort of half though out. Don’t think I can give less than 5 stars though.

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5

Really nice! Another where I discovered - oh hey, he sings that song.

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5

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Incredible from start to finish, the 70s had so many bangers. Perfect Day is one of my favourite songs of all time I think

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5

This has been my favourite one we've had so far. I find it such an original album unlike anything else, even Velvet Underground. It's got some ultimate bangers on it.

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5

Well this was fancy af

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5

Perfect album

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5

good vibes nice voice

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5

It’s all over the place and everything works out. Love it.

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5

oh this is goooooooooood. the last one was so great i almost lost my head.

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Thought this was really good. I will listen to more of this chap.

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5

Great album, classic.

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5

Awesome

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5

Lou Reed en estado puro.

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5

Perfect Day.

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5

Classic. I LOVE this album.

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5

could pick holes but it's just great music

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👌

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5

“Well you know what they say about honey bears, that’s when you shave off all their baby hairs you have a hairy minded pink bad bear.” Yeah I really like this album. Lots of bangers including “satellite of love” I didn’t realise that was Lou Reed

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Speaking of loo reads. I was reading 'Being Freddie' by Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff whilst squeezing out the most painful, dark, foul smelling, Guinness shit yesterday. I must say, what a funny and articulate young man he is. To be a world class cricketer, who goes out on the lash at the drop of a ball, try your hand and boxing and they become a national tv treasure, you really have to hand it to the man. I bet he gets the Guinness shits a lot too. By jove, it was brutal, it felt like molten lava pouring out of my soul.

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5

Also in the NME list | I love this album

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VICIOUSSSSS

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5

There is really nothing that needs to be said here. One of the greatest of all time

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5

Sensual and flavourful

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5

Wie selbstverständlich das anders sein sein kann, meine tiefe Verehrung für diesen Meilenstein, der auch 2021 noch frisch und anders klingt.

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5

Really nice listen. Had some classic songs and some songs I wasn't familiar with, but all were enjoyable.

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5

Way better than I thought it would be. Loved almost every song.

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One of the greats. End of.

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5

Outstanding, still sounds as cool as you can imagine it did in 1972. Proper forward thinking lyrically as well.

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One of my all time faves!

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5

Great Album.

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5

Very queer, excellent

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5

Really liked this. All the way through. 5 stars.

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5

How am I only hearing this album now? I've heard the hits, but this is fantastic. I expected VU kinda stuff. But this really good.

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5

Done. Short. Good.

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Banger

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5

What’s left to say? Sublime … everytime … Hit me with a flower …

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5

This is the album my Dad would have made. Vicious is maybe the best first track I’ve ever heard - just in how it sets up the rest of the album. Blues, rockabilly, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, beatnick poetry - I heard it all in this one. Music a good, lyric are maybe even better. Great album

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5

Vassar quads, aviators, Luci

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Lou Reed just had a way of writing a great song. I don't want to get too pretentious about it, but I really like Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. Highlights: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 11.

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The songs themselves generally sound slow and nostalgic, but the lyrics are very charged with topics such as sexuality. It's an album that I like and might listen to once or twice but not very many more than that due to the uncomfortable element of the lyrics. I really like the songs, however, and they really hit the spot on a lower energy day. Favorite track: Satellite of Love

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5

This album is so lovely

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Vraiment excellent dans son genre. J’adore. 5

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ваще крутой альбом, молодец

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Love it.

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uno de los discos de la vida

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nice

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5

The songs, the arrangements the delivery are all amazing. It's totally understandable why this is considered a classic

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5

Nothing I didn't like on this album, and some all time greats, namely "Perfect Day" and "Walk on the Wild Side."

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One of the best rock albums of all time. End of.

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5

Great way to jump things off. I have forgotten how much I enjoyed this. This album has created echos in almost everything I have listened to since.

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5

love this album already - the music still feels fresh and vibrant

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5

Fantastic!

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5

Outstanding and massively influential

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5

Glam, punk, camp, rock, great

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5

Such a great album! Love his singing style.

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5

So many stunning tracks. I think I held off on Lou Teed because of the hype around how he was the start of indie… but it’s all there. The Strokes, Radiohead, Jack White… I can hear so many garage rack bands in this album. And hearing Perfect Day in its original environment (rather than the Trainspotting soundtrack) was fun. This was a LOT better than expected.

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5

Super stuff and a worthy addition to anyone's vinyl collection. So many classics on this one. Produced by Bowie and Mick Ronson you can really hear Bowies' influence on his own influencer. Without Lou and the Velvet's their would be no Ziggy, Punk or Grunge I believe. Where so I start with favourite tracks here? "Viscious", "Perfect Day" The Jaques Brel-like "Make Up" "Walk On the Wild Side" "Satellite of Love" and "New York Telephone Conversation" are highlights for me. Definitely worthy of this list and in the top 100 I think. Love it!

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5

Classic

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Beautiful, just beautiful.

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Some incoming personal bias here... I've long been a fan of "Transformer", which sees Lou Reed getting his act together for the first time since leaving Velvet Underground and channelling Bowie's Ziggy-era glam rock (with Bowie and his guitarist Mick Ronson handling production duties). Bowie and Ronson's production is married perfectly to Reed's laconic delivery, to the point where I find myself singing along to a string, piano or guitar part just as often as Reed's vocal. Listen to the acoustic demos (Perfect Day and Hanging Round) and you can hear the impact Bowie and Ronson had on Reed's songs. Without the full production, the songs lack finesse, accentuation- but fully arranged, they are exquisite and often beautiful. The end result is Lou Reed at his most accessible, whether through the out-and-out glam rock of "Hangin' Round", "I'm So Free" and "Wagon Wheel", the effortlessly cool "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Andy's Chest", or the heart-aching ballads of "Perfect Day" and "Satellite of Love". The latter, one of the most plaintive and sweet songs Reed ever wrote, is my highlight on this record: its outro is sheer magic. "Make Up" and "New York Telephone Conversation" are the experiments that don't quite land, but I can't fault Reed for trying something different: at least they stretch the album's sonic mould in an unexpected way with tuba and music-hall piano. "Goodnight Ladies" is a delicious ending track, using the above to full effect for a lounging curtain call off-Broadway. The songs zip by and the whole ride is so enjoyable, so effortless, that it's hard for me to put this anywhere below "classic".

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5

Love Lou Reed. It retains some of the sound of the Velvet Underground, and features some of his best songs.

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5

One of the greatest albums of all time, whimsical, fun and whilst on the surface seeming like a well packaged pop-album it takes on a range of sounds to create a unique sonic texture with masterful production from Ronson and Bowie.

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5

Una tras otra. Chingón

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Liked it.

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Wow just wow!!!!

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5

Classic album. Real good.

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Is this the most technically proficient album ever made? The most beautiful? Is it even that good musically? No, not really. But that doesn’t matter. I love this album for its unique NY charm and sense of detached cool, carried a lot by the awkward vocals. “Perfect Day” is the song that, for most people, rises above the rest of the tracks, but for me, it’s just part of the suite. Reed certainly had a knack for writing a melody, especially when it came to the chorus. If you haven’t yet, babe, take a walk on the wild side.

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5

Amazing album. Very influential. I can hear why a lot of bands got inspired by his sound.

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5

Yep, good one

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Classic.

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5

Glam rock, producido por david bowie, dos de los mejores temas de la historia y otros dos que se quedarán en tu cabeza al instante escuchadlo

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5

Amo esse álbum <3

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5

Great album, love lou Reed

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5

Love Lou Reed. Perfect day, wak on the wild side

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9/10 Best Song - Perfect Day

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Brilliant. Bowie's backing vocals on Satellite of Love provide one of rock's priceless moments.

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5

Transformer is a huge departure from Lou Reed’s work with the Velvet Underground. While it still focuses on the transgressive elements of New York City, this album is driven by a very camp aesthetic that reminds me of the Kinks more experimental work. Perhaps this can be explained by its British production and recording. David Bowie’s production lends a glam rock feel, but there are jazzy American elements here as well that ground it as definable Lou Reed.

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5

True understated genius.

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5

This is magnificent! I love every single song.

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Never have heard this album before, but obviously knew a few of the hits. Apparently all of the Lou Reed songs I know are on this album. When is the last time you've heard a tuba as a bassline? I loved this album.

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5

Lou Reed....what else is there to say

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5

One of my favourite albums. Pretty much anything Bowie produced was amazing. Love Lou Reed's dry sarcastic wit and lyric delivery. Some of the best glam rock has to offer.

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5

Clássico. Maravilhoso.

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LP

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Man, there's just something about this album that made me fall in love with Lou Reed. So many great songs that are just catchy and meaningful and... comforting? His voice sounds totally disassociated from what he's singing, but he makes it work. The instrumentals are nice and varied and used perfectly. Just one of those albums that comes together in its entirety and clicks on every level.

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5

lou reed’s best solo album, this is just excellent — it’s produced by bowie and mick ronson, and you can really tell, they combine with reed’s songwriting incredibly well.

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Biased cos own it

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A brilliant solo offering from Lou Reed. I fucking love this record. There’s no denying the amazing Bowie influence and production here, but it still has the dank New York stink of Lou’s piss all over it. It’s spectacular. The clever and biting lyricism meshes beautifully with the vulnerable moments of introspective poetry sprinkled throughout. The musicality steers further into the rock n roll vein but retains elements of the avant-garde Velvet Underground style, and that fusion begets Lou’s acquaintance with early glam rock in a truly glorious way. Oh, it’s such a perfect album! It just keeps me hanging onnnnnnn.

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5

I think Perfect Day is a perfect song. So bittersweet. The rest of the album is great as well.

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5

Bellissimo e con 2 capolavori

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5

Another perfect album, with banger after banger. Lou Reed (alongside Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan and Leonard Cohen) have produced some of my favourite ever music. Like his Velvet Underground output - this is the epitome of sleaze New York cool, as a solo act a bit more intimate then the whirlwind of the band Lou Reed fronted. Among the gorgeous melodies, arrangements, horns and keys - there's a seedy underbelly while being lucidly open minded lyrically, which puts to shame many other artists for decades after this album was out.

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5

This is one of my favs

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I'm going 5 stars on this one. Some of the best NYC rock to come out of the early 70s. 3 of my top 50 songs of all time too

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Louche and prissy, it's still great.

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Oh ya

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One of the all-time classics. And Reed’s best. Bowie’s involvement in this is probably no coincidence. A distillation of his best late Velvets sound with some superbly crafted rock n roll songs.The fact he also sidesteps this with songs like Perfect Day and Walk On The Wid Side make this album far from a one-trick pony. I love the different moods and tempos, but it all hangs together beautifully to evoke New York life and style at the time. And Satellite Of Love is one of those recordings that can’t fail to make you feel better, no matter your mood when it starts. A 10/5 for me.

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Ту ту ту тудуп

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5

Totally seductive. Somehow he makes living on the wild side feel glamorous. I thought I’d get tired of his delivery which almost sounds bored, but it fits the music and lyrics well

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5

I have always liked Lou Reed songs when I've run across them, but never listened to this famous album. It did not disappoint. Of course I love "Perfect Day" and "Walk on the Wild Side" but another standout is "Goodnight Ladies". This is a fun and perfectly composed album.

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I think I'm a carny fan, I really enjoy "Circus sounds" on an album. The other part that elevates this album is Lou Reed's vocal delivery.

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5

Fantastic songs.

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5

Already one of my favorite albums.

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Es genial Lou Reed y Transformer sin dudas un gran album

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Fucking love it

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El cénit de Lou Reed en solitari, que no és poca cosa. Reed amb ganes de reivindicar-se i David Bowie en estat d'inspiració màxima, què podia sortir malament? Una de les obres capitals dels '70 i una de les joies atemporals del rock com a génere

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A true classic, every song is amazing.

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Classic rock is classic but goddamn Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side are such exquisitely-presented moods. I really enjoyed some of the other lesser-known songs on the album as well, but the real reason that this is a 5 star album for me is the gutsy and healthy gender diversity portrayal (even if grimy).

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5

I really really liked this album and the visuals it evoked. Lou Reed makes heroin sound like a really good time.

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You can put me down for 5 stars on almost any Lou Reed. Maybe not his best (Velvet Underground is), but man, there are some great songs on here: Vicious, WotWS, Satellite of Love,…

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5

My favorite Lou Reed album, still very Velvet underground like in many ways which is fabulous. Walk on the Wild side was my gateway song into the Velvet Underground when I heard in high school.

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A brilliant Bowie insprired album

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I wrote last time that Lou Reed is very hit or miss for me. This album is the hit. So much great stuff here and Lou Reed at his finest.

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p264. 1972. 5 stars. Camp, sardonic glam rock classic. 50 years on and it still sounds terrific. Half a star deducted for suspect lyrics (Andy's Chest), but otherwise this is practically flawless.

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5

Have I really never listened to this before?! How is that possible? And how did I not know David Bowie produced this? Anyway, this is a fantastic fantastic album that more than lives up to the hype. I have heard several of the songs on this album before, but the songs I haven’t heard before are really fantastic too! This album feels fresh, if I heard it for the first time I couldn’t tell you when it was created. But I would tell you that I love it!

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5

I thought I wasn't cool enough to like Lou Reed. I was wrong. This album is fantastic.

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5

What an excellent album! I know that I have heard it before, but now it has found a place in my library.

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I didn't realize that my four favorite Lou Reed songs all came from the same magical album! (Not that there aren't others that I just haven't thought of.) And in addition to those four, I enjoyed the whole thing, discovering some new delights and the wonderfully prominent use of tuba. I listened several times today enjoying so many phrases both familiar and new each time.

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5

Beautiful album, with two really good songs. A perfect day and walk on the wild side…

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One of my all-time faves. I mean, any album produced by Bowie is guaranteed to be great, but this one has a special place in my heart. RIP Lou Reed.

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4

Considered a classic American rightly so.... just very cool!

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4

Good 'ol Lou. Satelite of love, my friend!

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4

Some great songs on there

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4

Good stuff here. I always knew Lou Reed for "Walk On the Wild Side", but a lot of the sons are here are great as well. I would pick this up if I saw this at a store.

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4

One of the great art rock artists and one of his solid proto-punk works. I especially like when he works jazz into his sound like on Goodnight Ladies. Also Walk on the Wild Side is a certified classic.

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Good ol' rock n' roll with honest, straightforward songwriting. Favorite tracks: Perfect Day, Hangin' 'Round, Walk on the Wild Side, Satellite of Love. Least Favorite Tracks: New York Telephone Conversation, Goodnight Ladies.

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The rest of the album is surprisingly different than the most known songs from it

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Always loved this record, and it seems to get better with age.

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Klassista rokkia. Perfect dayn tunnistin mutta en tiennyt esittäjää ja nimeä.

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4

Every track an interesting one.

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4

A fav since I was in middle schooler! Holds up and you gotta love Reed's deadpan.

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now i know where the intro bassline to can i kick it comes from!

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The album of the day is Transformer by Lou Reed and it's made me very excited. I know it produced one of the Reed's most popular songs 'Walk on the wild side" which I've enjoyed for years. But it's 'Perfect Day' that is by far my most favorite song from this album. I'm sure it has a lot to do with a certain scene in Trainspotting, a movie I've seen so many times. Besides the subject matter, a really great dark comedy that gets funnier every time you watch it. Except the baby scene of course, which devastates every time. I'm enjoying this album and it's like an old friend I get to hang out with this morning in my office cube. It makes me want to dive back into the entire Velvet Underground catalog today and absorb it all into my head. Good for David Bowie to champion Lou and help birth this album into existence. This might be exactly what I needed this morning in my life.

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mwah

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Fantastic

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4

Super glammy but DIY punk themes are definitely sprinkled throughout. Mick Ronson guitar is outstanding but the piano gets a little annoying after awhile

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This album was produced by Bowie and I think you can tell on certain tracks. I have a fond memory of singing Perfect Day in a choir at Primary School.. a few years later I was told it was about drugs and then felt sad that we were singing that as children. BUT NOW I have just found out that actually it is just about love and having a really good day. My memory can be restored. I really enjoyed this album, varied and solid tracks

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4

Few classics on there.

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Suuuper nice vibes

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4

It's something very pleasurable to discover a new album and recognize it as something classical. This album is great!

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4

Really good mix of different type of songs

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I have to be in the mood for Lou Reed and this one always puts me there whether I want it to or not. Such a good album. Not a classic, but very very good.

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4

The coolest album cover of all time, produced by Bowie, songs about New York's seedy underbelly, Lou Reed at his most accessible, what's not to love?

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Remember in the mid 90s when a bunch of singers covered Perfect Day? Like Heather from M People smashing the granny out of it. David Bowie, The Lightning Seeds and bloody Boyzone!!! What a time.

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4

This has 3 quality songs and on. Took me a while to get used to lou Reed. Like this album, and his live albums.

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4

Nice mix.

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I like Lou Reed so can’t fault this album

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4

it was enjoyable, the singles are epic, not as good as velvet underground but still an enjoyable album. some weird songs on it, but they're still pleasant on the ear.

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4

Hohe Dichte Großer Songs wirklich cool

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Tanginang bading

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Solid!

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Very cool

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giid

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Perfect Day hits hard

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Find ich sehr super, bis auf die letzten 2 Nummern. Die sind mir zu sehr Musical.

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4

Great album from lou reed. Really pushed the boundaries for rock and roll music. Very much ushered in Glam Rock.

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Seminal work from a rock and alternative pioneer. Reed explores New York City through the lens of a lyricist and archivist as he encapsulates the time and city, free from Velvet Underground. It is amazing how timeless all of his work is, but this stands out as among his best.

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4

Another of the 'I didn't realize that this is where X song comes from'.

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4

wow!

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4

love lou reed. good album

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There's Bowie magic throughout this album. Like it a lot.

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Берём в очередь

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4

This is classy af. Though I'll never be convinced that Perfect Day is any good. Fav new song - Goodnight Ladies

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Love the zany stream of consciousness vocals on this + bowie plastered all over the production. Really love the closing track and ofc, Perfect Day. i would give this a 3.8 rather than a 4 as some tracks dont hit as hard.

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4

Fantastic!

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when I first saw my album for the day was Lou Reed I sank a little, only because when I knew of him was little and my impression was negative. How wrong was I, aside from his well known releases such as Walk on the wild side and Perfect day there are some very good tracks on this album. Andys chest is a little out there, but it does paint quite a picture if you listen to the lyrics, as does Make up, the ones I enjoyed: Satellite of love Perfect day Walk on the wild Side Given that it was released in '72 it was a brave move to talk about alternative sexuality, prostitution and cross dressing all of these things still being quite taboo subjects back then. The Bowie influence is certainly there, there were points in Make up where I didn't know if I was listening to Reed or Bowie. Given that the album is 49 years old its still got a sound that doesn't age it in the 70's

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4

Lou Reed is good. The best songs of this album are "Vicious" and "Walk on the wild side".

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4

Na ez jó.

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4

Goods and bads. His voice is so monotone but there’s some good rock as well

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4

do do do do do

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I have heard a few songs in isolation, but not in a while and certainly not in album form. Really like Vicious, Perfect Day, Walk On the Wild Side (most people know this one). Perfect Day was really good because Lou Reed is NOT a good singer, if it was sung by someone traditionally I would not like it nearly as much. There really isn't a bad song on here, but some I could ignore but overall a 4. Nice production as well. It might be a remaster, but if not then that's pretty impressive. Funny listening to Goodnight Ladies on an actual Saturday Night.

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4

Awesome album. A bit odd at times bit great tracks, music and lyrics

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4

I think it was good

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i've always liked you reed, but i've never really been super familiar with his work, apart from the big stuff. i think i may've liked VU better than his solo stuff, but...well, this was still pretty cool

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A well-produced effort by Lou Reed with the help of Bowie. "Walk on the Wild Side" is one of my favorite songs of the decade, an artsy sound with verses covering LGBT themes, prostitution, and drugs, among others. Many songs feel bipolar, feeling sad with (seemingly) happy highlights. "Perfect Day" is the best example. I like the weird art rock tracks, and use of brass, that makes the filler stand out. My least favorite tracks are the harder glam rock tracks, like "Wagon Wheel" and "I'm So Free," but I still like the simplistic yet emotional lyrics. This is an album I frequently come back to, even if just for my favorite tracks.

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4

Nice moody vocals. Catchy melodies. Last couple songs a bit shit but overall great

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Very much enjoyed listening to the album 'Transformer' by 'Lou Reed'

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