Jazzville Skyline: New York Mourns

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Jazzville-SkylineI was just about to write a review of the new double live cd entitled “Animal Serenade”, when i heard the news that Lou Reed, one of the most influential songwriters in my life, had passed away at the young age of only 71…the irony of this being that, the cd i was going to review was from Lou himself…

If you are a New Yorker, there is no need to say anything about Lou Reed that you don’t already know…If you love music, then you still need no words to express the great loss…

Lou has influenced practically every band and songwriter since his days with the Velvet Underground…He, along with Patti Smith, are considered the Godfather and Godmother of the New York Punk Scene…A fixture down at Max’s Kansas City and CBGBs, Lou IS and ALWAYS WILL BE considered the poster child of New York…(in fact, in my latest book, “keeper of the stain”, one of the pieces is titled, ‘poster child of the block’, written about Lou…)

Some of his live dvds, including “Spanish Fly”, “Live At Montreux”, and “Berlin”, are consistent watching on my player…and the documentary, “Rock And Roll Heart”, lets you in on this brilliant, but basic man…

And his albums…all a unique insight into life, New York, and life in New York (primarily…)…and many of his songs, easily recognizable, with his biggest hit, “Walk On The Wild Side”, a true classic…

…and the latest cd, “Animal Serenade”…well, it’s double live Lou…classic interpretations of some of his greatest songs, including “Ecstasy”, Candy Says” (sung beautifully by Antony), “Dirty Blvd.”, “Men Of Good Fortune”, and “Smalltown”…Surprisingly missing are some more ‘familiar tunes’ like “Perfect Day”, “Rock And Roll”, and the aforementioned “Walk On The Wild Side”…But, what’s found in this treasure trove are rarely heard live bits like “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, “Street Hassle”, “The Raven, and “Venus In Furs”…

So this is a must-have for all Lou fans…and sadly, a great loss for New York and for music fans everywhere…

 


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