American Poet (album)

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American Poet
American Poet (album).jpg
Live album by Lou Reed
Released June 26, 2001
Recorded December 26, 1972
Genre Rock
Length 61:20
Label Pilot
Lou Reed chronology
Very Best of Lou Reed
(2000)Very Best of Lou Reed2000
American Poet
Legendary Lou Reed
(2002)Legendary Lou Reed2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

American Poet is an album of an early solo concert by Lou Reed, recorded live at the Hempstead Theatre, New York, on Boxing Day 1972 during the Transformer tour. The backing band are the Tots. It features material from that album, the Velvet Underground, and his 1972 solo debut Lou Reed. The version of "Berlin" is from that debut album. American Poet was released in 2001. It had previously been released as a bootleg recording.

The album's cover photo is by Mick Rock, evidently from the same shoot that yielded the Transformer cover.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Lou Reed

  1. "White Light/White Heat" (4:04)
  2. "Vicious" (3:06)
  3. "I'm Waiting For The Man" (7:14)
  4. "Walk It Talk It" (4:04)
  5. "Sweet Jane" (4:38)
  6. "Interview" (5:01) Remote broadcast from Ultra Sonic Recording Studios for Tuesday Night Concert series WLIR-FM
  7. "Heroin" (8:34)
  8. "Satellite of Love" (3:28)
  9. "Walk on the Wild Side" (5:55)
  10. "I'm So Free" (3:52)
  11. "Berlin" (6:00)
  12. "Rock & Roll" (5:13)


  • Lou Reed – lead vocals and rhythm guitar
The Tots[2]
  • Vinny Laporta – guitar
  • Eddie Reynolds – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Resigno – bass guitar
  • Scottie Clark – drums