Live: Take No Prisoners
|Live: Take No Prisoners|
|Live album by Lou Reed|
|Recorded||May 17–21, 1978|
|Venue||The Bottom Line, New York City|
|Lou Reed chronology|
The album contains adlibs by Lou Reed during and between songs, among them a detailed story of the origin of "Walk on the Wild Side," and a rant against rock music critics, particularly Robert Christgau.
Live: Take No Prisoners was recorded during the series of albums where Reed employed the use of a binaural recording setup, using a dummy head with microphones in each ear. The back cover of the album notes: "Produced by Lou Reed for Sister Ray Enterprises LTD. This is a binaural sound recording."
Bruce Springsteen, who acted as an uncredited vocalist on the studio version of the song "Street Hassle", was in the crowd during the recording of the live album. During the performance of "Walk on the Wild Side" featured on Take No Prisoners, Reed addresses the musician is in the crowd, saying, "Hi Bruce. Springsteen is alright, by the way. He gets my seal of approval. I think he's groovy."
The illustrations on the cover were officially credited to Brent Bailer but Spanish illustrator Nazario won in 2000 a legal battle after which it was determined that the original drawing had been done by him, for the cover of a magazine in the seventies. RCA was forced to pay Nazario 4 million pesetas (around 24,000 euros/$27,000 USD). Nazario has said that if Lou Reed had ever asked him for permission to use his drawing, he would probably have given it for free.
All tracks written by Lou Reed
- "Sweet Jane" – 10:44
- "I Wanna Be Black" – 6:27
- "Satellite of Love" – 7:06
- "Pale Blue Eyes" – 7:36
- "Berlin" – 6:13
- "I'm Waiting for the Man" – 13:59
- "Coney Island Baby" – 8:37
- "Street Hassle" – 13:15
- "Walk on the Wild Side" – 16:54
- "Leave Me Alone" – 7:29
- Lou Reed - vocals, guitar, Roland guitar synthesizer
- Stuart Heinrich - guitar, background vocals
- Marty Fogel - electric saxophone
- Michael Fonfara - Yamaha electric piano
- Ellard "Moose" Boles - bass, background vocals
- Michael Suchorsky - drums
- Angel Howell - tambourine, background vocals
- Chrissy Faith - background vocals
- Mixed and engineered by Manfred Schunke at Delta Studio, Wilster, Germany
- Audience engineer - Gregg Caruso, Jay W. Krugman, Julie Last
- Assistant engineer - René Tinner
- Mastered by Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, NYC
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