Today’s suggestion really doesn’t need any introduction. The real matter of interest was to leave out his final recordings with my favorite band. Not because I believe that this work is unworthy of reference. But doing so I had to include many - many tracks more, well deserving this too (e.g. tracks from blue mask album)!! So in order of keeping it true as far as both fan based selection and critical acclaim, we focus on 2 consecutive albums that happened twice through a 40 years span of a solo career.
As noted in wiki: «Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned several decades.
Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", but this level of mainstream commercial success was not repeated. Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice and poetic lyrics, and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar tuning. Rolling Stone magazine voted Reed's 1989 New York album the 19th best of the 1980s. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time included two albums by Reed as a solo artist: Transformer and Berlin.»
And a couple of words on albums selected:
is the second studio album by American rock musician Lou Reed. Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, the album was released
in November 1972In 1997, Transformer
was named the 44th greatest album of all time in a 'Music of the Millennium poll conducted in the
United Kingdom by HMV Group, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic
FM. Transformer is also ranked number 55
on NME 's list of "Greatest Albums of All Time."
In 2003, the album was ranked number 194 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is also on Q Magazine's
list of "100 Greatest Albums Ever".»
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«Berlin is a 1973 album by Lou Reed, his third solo album and the follow-up to Transformer. In 2003, the album was ranked number 344 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, though the magazine had called the album a "disaster" 30 years prior. Musically, Berlin differs greatly from the bulk of Reed's work, due to the use of heavy orchestral arrangements, horns, and top session musicians. Instrumentally, Reed himself only contributes acoustic guitar. The album is a tragic rock opera about a doomed couple, Jim and Caroline, and addresses themes of drug use, prostitution, depression, domestic violence, and suicide."The Kids" tells of Caroline having her children taken from her by the authorities, and features the sounds of children crying for their mother. The UK group the Waterboys takes its name from a line in this song.»
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«New York is the fifteenth solo album by Lou Reed, released early in 1989. A universal critical success, it is widely considered one of his best solo albums. While the defunct Velvet Underground were at the peak of their popularity at the time, Reed's solo career had hit several lows during the 1980s, at least since his Blue Mask. However the widespread popularity of New York reignited his career to the extent that he could revive the Velvet Underground for an aborted world tour.
The album is highly regarded for the strength and force of its lyrical content, but at the time drew criticism for its perceived pedestrian, "truck driver," musicianship. Reed countered that he required simple music so that it would not distract from his frank lyrics. The single "Dirty Blvd." was a #1 hit on the newly created Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks. Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker played on two tracks.»
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