Live: Take No Prisoners

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Live: Take No Prisoners
Live album by Lou Reed
Released November 1978
Recorded May 17–21, 1978
The Bottom Line, New York
Genre Rock
Length 98:27
Label Arista
Producer Lou Reed
Lou Reed chronology
Street Hassle
Live: Take No Prisoners
The Bells
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]

Live: Take No Prisoners is Lou Reed's third live album. Released in 1978, it was Reed's contribution to the double live album era. It was recorded at The Bottom Line in New York City, and there is no overdubbing. It is distinguished for consisting almost entirely of lengthy and humorous monologues from the artist, among them a detailed story of the origin of "Walk on the Wild Side," and a rant against rock music critics, particularly Robert Christgau.

The illustrations on the cover were officially credited to Brent Bailer[4][5] 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 (about 24,000 euros). 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.[6]

Reed mentions Bruce Springsteen during his lengthy monologue in "Walk on the Wild Side".[7] Contrary to popular belief, Springsteen was not present.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lou Reed

CD One:

  1. "Sweet Jane" – 10:44
  2. "I Wanna Be Black" – 6:27
  3. "Satellite of Love" – 7:06
  4. "Pale Blue Eyes" – 7:36
  5. "Berlin" – 6:13
  6. "I'm Waiting for the Man" – 13:59

CD Two:

  1. "Coney Island Baby" – 8:37
  2. "Street Hassle" – 13:15
  3. "Walk on the Wild Side" – 16:54
  4. "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


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (January 12, 1992). "Lou Reed's Recordings: 25 Years Of Path-breaking Music". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ "Quiosco | El Mundo en ORBYT". Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  5. ^ "Lou Reed Discography - Official CDs". Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  6. ^ "Cuando Lou plagió a Nazario | Edición impresa | EL PAÍS". 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  7. ^ "BruceBase". Retrieved 2013-09-29.