is the ninth solo The Bells studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in April 1979 by Arista Records. It is recorded in binaural sound.
Critical reception [ edit ]
In a contemporary review for
, music critic Rolling Stone Lester Bangs wrote, "With The Bells, more than in , perhaps even more than in his work with Street Hassle the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed achieves his oft-stated ambition—to become a great writer, in the literary sense." In a less enthusiastic retrospective review,  magazine wrote that " Select The Bells saw his music disappearing down the pan ... Even self-parody is barely achieved in these half-assed songs played by a bunch of dullards, with Lou sounding painfully uninspired." 
Track listing [ edit ]
Nils Lofgren 2:33
Reed, Ellard Boles, Marty Fogel, Michael Fonfara, Michael Suchorsky
"I Want to Boogie with You"
Reed, Michael Fonfara
Reed, Nils Lofgren
"Looking for Love"
Reed, Nils Lofgren
"All Through the Night"
Don Cherry 5:00
Reed, Ellard Boles
Reed, Marty Fogel
Personnel [ edit ]
Lou Reed - vocals, electric guitar, Roland guitar synthesizer, bass synthesizer on "Families", background vocals Ellard "Moose" Boles - 12-string electric guitar on "Families", bass, bass synthesizer, background vocals
Don Cherry - African hunting guitar, trumpet Marty Fogel - ocarina, soprano & tenor saxophones,
Fender Rhodes on "The Bells"
Michael Fonfara - electric & Fender Rhodes pianos, keyboards, Oberheim synthesizer, background vocals, Executive Producer Michael Suchorsky - percussion
Horn arrangements by Lou Reed and Marty Fogel, except "With You" - horn arrangement by Don Cherry and Marty Fogel.
René Tinner - engineer
Manfred Schunke - mixing
Ted Jensen - mastering Garry Gross - photography
Donn Davenport, Howard Fritzson - design and art direction
References [ edit ]
^ Deming, Mark. The Bells at AllMusic
^ Kot, Greg (January 12, 1992). "Lou Reed's Recordings: 25 Years Of Path-breaking Music". Chicago Tribune . Retrieved . July 29, 2013
^ Christgau, Robert (December 31, 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". . New York The Village Voice . Retrieved . July 29, 2013
^ Bangs, Lester (June 14, 1979). "The Bells". . New York Rolling Stone . Retrieved . July 29, 2013
^ , November 1992 Select