Le Bataclan '72

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Le Bataclan '72
Le Bataclan 72 album cover.jpg
Live album by Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico
Released October 19, 2004
Recorded January 29, 1972
Genre Avant-garde, rock and roll
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AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 7.6/10[2]

Le Bataclan '72 is a sixteen-track live album by Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico. It was recorded from the soundboard and heavily bootlegged over the years, before it gained an official release in 2004.[1]

Background and production[edit]

The album was recorded during a live show at the Bataclan club in Paris, on January 29, 1972, and was originally broadcast on French TV. The concert marked the first time since the breakup of The Velvet Underground that Reed, Cale and Nico were on stage together.


Though the recording had been bootlegged for years, Le Bataclan '72 was officially released on October 19, 2004, featuring two exclusive bonus tracks (both rehearsals—"Pale Blue Eyes" and "Candy Says"). Due to a problem with tape transfers, the speed is slow compared to the original concert. A speed-corrected version is on iTunes, although it is credited to the Velvet Underground instead of the individual artists.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Reed)
  2. "Berlin" (Reed)
  3. "The Black Angel's Death Song" (Reed, Cale)
  4. "Wild Child" (Reed)
  5. "Heroin" (Reed)
  6. "Ghost Story" (Cale)
  7. "The Biggest, Loudest, Hairiest Group of All" (Cale)
  8. "Empty Bottles" (Cale)
  9. "Femme Fatale" (Reed)
  10. "No One Is There" (Nico)
  11. "Frozen Warnings" (Nico)
  12. "Janitor of Lunacy" (Nico)
  13. "I'll Be Your Mirror" (Reed)
  14. "All Tomorrow's Parties" (encore) (Reed)
  15. "Pale Blue Eyes" (Reed)
  16. "Candy Says" (Reed)



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