Transformer

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Transformer
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Artist: Lou Reed
Released: 1972, November
Labels: RCA
Average rating: Based on DM and site visitor ratings
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Tracks

  Vicious (Reed) - 2:55 Lyrics
  Andy's Chest (Reed) - 3:17 Lyrics
  Perfect Day (Reed) - 3:43 Lyrics
  Hangin' 'Round (Reed) - 3:39 Lyrics
  Walk on the Wild Side (Reed) - 4:12 Lyrics
  Make up (Reed) - 2:58 Lyrics
  Satellite of Love (Reed) - 3:40 Lyrics
  Wagon Wheel (Reed) - 3:19 Lyrics
  New York Telephone Conversation (Reed) - 1:31 Lyrics
  10  I'm So Free (Reed) - 3:07 Lyrics
  11  Goodnight Ladies (Reed) - 4:19 Lyrics
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Credits

Lou Reed - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Mixing
David Bowie - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Mixing
Mick Ronson - Guitar, Piano, Recorder, Vocals (bckgr), Multi Instruments, Producer, String Arrangements, Mixing, Bass Arrangement
Thunderthighs - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Ronnie Ross - Saxophone, Sax (Baritone)
Klaus Voormann - Bass, Guitar (Bass)
Barry DeSouza, Ritchie Dharma, John Halsey - Drums
Herbie Flowers - Bass, Tuba, Arranger, Guitar (Bass), Multi Instruments
Arun Chakraverty - Mastering
Mick Rock, Karl Stoecker - Photography
Ken Scott, Mike "Clay" Stone - Engineers, Mixing

Reviews

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8/10 Le Dude (July 25, 2008)
Like Berlin, an uneven set of songs, being lifted up by Bowie & Ronson's production. (this time not also put down like Ezrin's pomp). Compared to fairly consistent forgotten albums that were under-produced but very strong (eg Legendary Hearts), the song quality is somewhat like this:

brilliant to very good stuff:
Perfect Day (Reed at his melodic best; a *really* impressive song)
Satellite of Love (again, who said Reed couldn't write melodies?)
Walk On The Wild Side (another classic)
Andy's Chest (good, but an old VU-song so no wonder)
Vicious (classic riff, but I've heard better)

interesting novelties:
Goodnight Ladies
NY Telephone

utter filler:
Hangin' 'Round (he wrote this in 3 minutes I'm sure)
Make up (self-parody on the album that invents the original)
Wagon Wheel (wtf?)
I'm So Free (abysmal filler - wtf?!!)

And he knew, as the filler is evenly distributed across the record. on Legendary Hearts, even on Growing Up In Public, I find less filler. It's a great album as a whole, but as a writer, it may contain sparks of brilliance but it's not his most consistent set.

If you know this album you can review it.

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