Lou Reed (album)

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Lou Reed
Studio album by Lou Reed
Released April 1972
Recorded December 1971 – January 1972
Studio Morgan Studios, Willesden, London, England
Genre Rock
Length 38:38
Label RCA Records
  • Richard Robinson
  • Lou Reed
Lou Reed chronology
Lou Reed
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB+[3]

Lou Reed is the debut solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in April 1972 by RCA Records, two years after he left the Velvet Underground. It was produced by Richard Robinson and Reed and features London session musicians as Reed's backing band, two of whom, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe, were from the progressive rock band Yes. Wakeman recalled that during the recording sessions, "the lights had to be out so nobody could see."[4] The album was recorded in Morgan Studios, London, between December 1971 and January 1972.

Lou Reed comprises eight new recordings of then-unreleased Velvet Underground songs, plus two new songs, "Going Down" and "Berlin" (the latter was re-recorded by Reed as the title track for his 1973 album Berlin).

With increasing interest in the Velvet Underground, Reed's debut album was highly anticipated, but the result was a commercial and relative critical disappointment, peaking at only No. 189 on the Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lou Reed, except where noted.

Side one
1."I Can't Stand It"2:37
2."Going Down"2:57
3."Walk and Talk It"3:40
4."Lisa Says"5:34
Side two
6."I Love You" 2:21
7."Wild Child" 4:41
8."Love Makes You Feel" 3:13
9."Ride into the Sun"3:16
10."Ocean" 5:06
Total length:38:38


Below is a cross-reference of Lou Reed tracks previously played and/or recorded with the Velvet Underground.

Title Velvet Underground release Remarks
"I Can't Stand It" 1969: The Velvet Underground Live, VU Additional verse on Lou Reed version
"Walk and Talk It" Peel Slowly and See, Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition) Lou Reed version has different lyrics and added musical sections; V.U. version is titled "Walk and Talk"
"Lisa Says" 1969, VU 1969 version close to Lou Reed version; VU version shorter, with different lyrics
"I Love You" Peel Slowly and See, Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition) ---
"Wild Child" --- No V.U. recording has surfaced as yet, but the song is known to have been played live in 1970.[5] However, the song was performed by Lou Reed and John Cale at the Bataclan 1972 concert in Paris with Nico, and can also be heard on the Velvet Underground bootleg Ultra Rare Tracks Vol. 2, which features Lou Reed playing the song with an acoustic guitar into a tape recorder.

The bridge melody was later reused for the bridge in the song "Hangin' 'Round" on Reed's 1972 album Transformer.

"Love Makes You Feel" Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition) V.U. version is titled "Love Makes You Feel Ten Foot Tall"
"Ride into the Sun" Another View, What Goes On, Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition), Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes Lou Reed version close to the Loaded and The Quine Tapes versions; other V.U. recordings earlier versions.
"Ocean" 1969, VU, Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition) Lou Reed version closest to Loaded take.


Credits are adapted from the Lou Reed liner notes.[6]



  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. ^ Sweetman, Simon. "The Rick Wakeman Interview". Stuff. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ Olivier Landemaine. "Live performances and rehearsals: 1970" at The Velvet Underground Web Page: Electricity Comes from Other PlaNETs website link
  6. ^ Lou Reed (CD booklet). Lou Reed. RCA Records. 1972.

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