The Essential Lou Reed

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The Essential Lou Reed
Compilation album by Lou Reed
Released September 13, 2011
Genre Rock
Length 156:12
Label RCA
Lou Reed chronology
The Creation of the Universe
(2008)
The Essential Lou Reed
(2011)
Lulu
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Essential Lou Reed is a compilation album by Lou Reed released in 2011 by RCA Records. The album features classic Lou Reed solo work and songs from his band The Velvet Underground.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

All songs written and composed by Lou Reed, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)" (from The Raven, 2003) 5:33
2. "Sweet Jane" (The Velvet Underground; from Loaded, 1970) 3:01
3. "Rock & Roll" (The Velvet Underground; from Loaded, 1970) 4:40
4. "I'm Waiting for the Man" (The Velvet Underground; from The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967) 4:36
5. "White Light/White Heat" (Live version from Rock 'n' Roll Animal, 1974; originally by The Velvet Underground from White Light/White Heat, 1968) 5:00
6. "Street Hassle" (I. Waltzing Matilda/II. Street Hassle/III. Slipaway; from Street Hassle, 1978) 11:00
7. "Berlin" (from Berlin, 1973; also released on Lou Reed, 1972) 3:23
8. "Caroline Says II" (from Berlin, 1973) 4:12
9. "The Kids" (from Berlin, 1973) 7:49
10. "Walk on the Wild Side" (from Transformer, 1972) 4:11
11. "Kill Your Sons" (Live version from Live in Italy/Live in Concert, 1984/1996; originally from Sally Can't Dance, 1974) 4:08
12. "Vicious" (from Transformer, 1972) 2:57
13. "The Blue Mask" (from The Blue Mask, 1982) 2:46
14. "I'll Be Your Mirror" (Live version from Perfect Night: Live in London, 1998; originally by The Velvet Underground from The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967) 2:46
15. "Magic and Loss: The Summation" (Reed, Mike Rathke; from Magic and Loss, 1992) 6:35
16. "Ecstasy" (from Ecstasy, 2000) 4:27

Disc 2[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I Wanna Be Black" (Live version from Live: Take No Prisoners, 1978; originally from Street Hassle, 1978) 6:29
2. "Temporary Thing" (from Rock and Roll Heart, 1976) 5:14
3. "Shooting Star" (from Street Hassle, 1978) 3:12
4. "Legendary Hearts" (from Legendary Hearts, 1983) 3:05
5. "Heroin" (Live version from Live in Italy/Live in Concert, 1984/1996, 2001; originally by The Velvet Underground from The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967) 8:22
6. "Coney Island Baby" (from Coney Island Baby, 1976) 6:36
7. "The Last Shot" (from Legendary Hearts, 1983) 3:20
8. "The Bells" (Reed, Marty Fogel; from The Bells, 1979) 9:20
9. "Perfect Day" (from Transformer, 1972) 3:43
10. "Sally Can't Dance" (from Sally Can't Dance, 1974) 2:55
11. "Satellite of Love" (from Transformer, 1972) 3:37
12. "NYC Man" (from Set the Twilight Reeling, 1996) 4:55
13. "Dirty Blvd." (from New York, 1989) 3:30
14. "Rock Minuet"   6:56
15. "Pale Blue Eyes" (The Velvet Underground; from The Velvet Underground, 1969) 5:38
Total length:
156:12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Essential Lou Reed at AllMusic