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Perfect Night
Lou Reed
Perfect Night
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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The first sign that the live acoustic set Perfect Night is going to be dodgy is the liner notes, where Reed enthuses over the "Feedbucker"--a device that wipes out feedback. This from the man who recorded "I Heard Her Call...  more »


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All Artists: Lou Reed
Title: Perfect Night
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Reprise / Wea
Original Release Date: 4/21/1998
Release Date: 4/21/1998
Album Type: Live
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093624691723

The first sign that the live acoustic set Perfect Night is going to be dodgy is the liner notes, where Reed enthuses over the "Feedbucker"--a device that wipes out feedback. This from the man who recorded "I Heard Her Call My Name." Reed walks-and-talks through 15 of his songs with the absolute confidence of a man convinced he's a great urban poet. The problem is that he's only that sometimes: "The Kids" and "Vicious" come out just fine, but later material sounds flatter and preachier than ever--reviving "The Original Wrapper" is a mistake any way you want to cut it. Reed isn't just a lyricist, he's a songwriter, and reducing his music to functional accompaniment doesn't do his songs justice. --Douglas Wolk

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Karl V. from LAFAYETTE, IN
Reviewed on 12/10/2009...
I saw Lou around this time period and the set is very similar. I have a special attachment for this reason.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

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Wow, people really need to reconsider this album.
stmarksplace | nyny | 05/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I must admit I am kind of surprised after reading some of the reviews here. I agree that this might be a tough record for someone not too familiar with Lou to get into, but for those of us that would consider ourselves pretty big fans of the solo Lou should kind of know what to expect in terms of his vocal abilities and just type of songs he likes to play live. One can expect that he will perform a good deal of his newer work, whether or not it lives up to the standards of the Lou Reed legacy, some of his Transformer/New York crowd pleasers reinterpreted for live performance and a few lesser known but equally fantastic songs. And everything is set to a tight, muscular stripped down rock peformance, which has pretty much been his musical approach since Blue Mask. With this being said, I think the song selection is excellent and that the album is a nice companion piece to the Rock and Roll Heart PBS documentary. Songwise: I'll be Your Mirror is an amazing song, in any musical setting, Kicks rocks (!!) being the coolest solo Lou song in my opinion, with the possible exception of Vicious which gets a fantastic workover. Its great to hear him play Coney Island Baby again, however, I think a good deal of the original passion has been lost since Lou is (ahem) well not really the man he was in the mid70s. Riptide is a great, melodic track from Set the Twilight Reeling. The Time Rocker songs are interesting, a testament to Lou's more avant-garde sensibility. I do prefer alot of the original studio versions to these tracks, however, that is often to be expected. In my opinion, a live album is an interesting document of an artist at a certain period of time, that is best appreciated by diehard fans. I would have loved to hear a live interpretation of "Berlin" (the song) or "How do you think it feels" over "The Kids", or perhaps a live version of "Andy's Chest" instead of one of the lesser new compositions, but those are pretty minor complaints. Instrumentally-- Lou is a great guitar player. His style is simple, but emotive and very much suits his vocals and musical persona. Fernando Sauders is really quite good on bass and has survived as a Lou collaborator much longer than most. I actually prefer Mr. Reed's newest style of singing that favors a gruff, growly tone as opposed to the more talky New York drawl that ruled in the 80s and the mock-punk whiney vocals of the street hassle era. Lou is an artist, a truly great one, who has had his ups and downs. Despite this known fact, he has produced a body of work that rivals some of rocks true song writing luminaries, including Dylan AND Lennon. Its now 2002 and Lou is still going pretty damn strong for a man people thought was washed up in 1970, then again in '75. Then again in 1980, once again around 1987, and pretty much every year since. He is a true rock surviver and a musical hero of many. Buy this album. Enjoy an uncompromising artist in a business of pretenders and posers. Also: pick up Songs for Drella, New York , Blue Mask, Berlin, Coney Island Baby, Transformer, Rock and Roll Animal---and of course everything the VU ever touched. All are 4 or 5 star albums. swoop swoop...rock rock ****"
Seminal Live Recording for all fans of Uncle Lou
W. Wilkerson | Earth; waiting for a ride... | 09/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording illuminates the most delicious element of Lou Reeds work over the years... his lyrical gift and the focus which a stripped down band provides for this attribute. From the opening chords of "I'll be your Mirror" to the closing bars of "Dirty Blvd" there is no doubt that the musicians, although brilliant and coordinated in all regards are only the supporting cast to Lou Reeds verbal imagery. The pace of the work is varied, as with most of the studio works, but this only shows off the more initmate tracks against the fat guitar, luscious bass & drum numbers. Any one who saw this show was truly fortunate... those of who did not should be grateful as we can be, read the technical notes with kudos to the engineering and mobile recording persons and BUY THIS DISC! Peace, William of Texas"