Rock and Roll Heart

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Rock and Roll Heart
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1976
Recorded1976
StudioThe Record Plant, New York City
GenreRock
Length37:42
LabelArista
ProducerLou Reed
Lou Reed chronology
Coney Island Baby
(1975)
Rock and Roll Heart
(1976)
Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed
(1977)
Singles from Rock and Roll Heart
  1. "I Believe in Love"
    Released: November 1976[1]
  2. "Rock and Roll Heart"
    Released: April 29, 1977[2]
  3. "Chooser and the Chosen One[3]"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars [4]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars[5]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[6]

Rock and Roll Heart is the seventh solo studio album by Lou Reed, released in 1976. It was his first album for Arista Records after record mogul Clive Davis reportedly rescued him from bankruptcy. "A Sheltered Life" dates back to 1967, when the Velvet Underground recorded a demo of it (available on Peel Slowly and See). The Velvet Underground also performed "Follow the Leader", and a live recording of it was released on The Quine Tapes.

The cover art is credited to Mick Rock.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Lou Reed

Side One

  1. "I Believe in Love" – 2:46
  2. "Banging on My Drum" – 2:11
  3. "Follow the Leader" – 2:13
  4. "You Wear It So Well" – 4:52
  5. "Ladies Pay" – 4:22
  6. "Rock and Roll Heart" – 3:05

Side Two

  1. "Chooser and the Chosen One" – 2:47
  2. "Senselessly Cruel" – 2:08
  3. "Claim to Fame" – 2:51
  4. "Vicious Circle" – 2:53
  5. "A Sheltered Life" – 2:20
  6. "Temporary Thing" – 5:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Lou Reed - vocals, guitar, piano
  • Marty Fogel - saxophone
  • Michael Fonfara - piano, Hammond organ, clavinet, ARP, synthesiser
  • Bruce Yaw - bass guitar
  • Michael Suchorsky - drums
  • Garland Jeffreys - background vocals on "You Wear It So Well"
Technical
  • Corky Stasiak - engineer, mixing
  • Julie Harris, Steve Ridgeway - art direction
  • Mick Rock - cover design, photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lou Reed - I Believe In Love" – via www.45cat.com.
  2. ^ "Lou Reed - Rock And Roll Heart" – via www.45cat.com.
  3. ^ "Lou Reed - Chooser And The Chosen One" – via www.45cat.com.
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. Rock and Roll Heart at AllMusic
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (January 12, 1992). "Lou Reed's Recordings: 25 Years Of Path-breaking Music". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.