Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse

Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse

by Lou Reed
     
 

Though it was dismissed as morbid and self-indulgent upon its initial 1973 release, critics and audiences alike have come to view Lou Reed's unquestionably grandiose concept album, Berlin, as one of the high points of his solo career. The album's narrative arc traces the trajectory of a doomed, defiantly self-destructive romance in the modern German city, and…  See more details below

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Though it was dismissed as morbid and self-indulgent upon its initial 1973 release, critics and audiences alike have come to view Lou Reed's unquestionably grandiose concept album, Berlin, as one of the high points of his solo career. The album's narrative arc traces the trajectory of a doomed, defiantly self-destructive romance in the modern German city, and pits dark,cabaret influenced orchestration against Reed's deadpan vocals to remarkably chilling effect. The album's bleak, incisive lyrics and unapologetically melodramatic atmosphere would prove influential in the years to come. Matador's Berlin: Live at St. Ann's documents an exceptional 2006 performance of Berlin that saw Reed accompanied by a seven-piece orchestra, a sterling rhythm section, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Standouts include a jaw-dropping rendition of "The Kids" and an encore performance of the Velvet Underground standard "Candy Says," which is itself suffused with a subdued, world-weary atmosphere that complements Berlin's dark emotional palette. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2008
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861084921
catalogNumber:
10849

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Reed   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rob Wasserman   Bass
Steve Hunter   Guitar,Bandleader
Curtis Fowlkes   Trombone
Fernando Saunders   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Thunder Smith   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Sharon Jones   Vocals
Eyvind Kang   Viola
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Antony   Vocals
Paul Shapiro   Flute,Saxophone
Jessica Benson   Choir, Chorus
David Gold   Viola
Rupert Christie   Keyboards,Vocals
Leovina Charles   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lindsey Graham   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bianca Kenworthy   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Zachary Kruskal   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Patrice Kugler   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Hannah Rivera   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kaitlyn Rubin   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Christina SantaMaria   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Megan Schoenberg   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Amanda Turner   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kyle Weekes   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jessica Benson-Weiss   Background Vocals
Tony Smith   Percussion,Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Lou Reed   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Bob Ezrin   Producer,Audio Production
John Alexander Simpson   Bass Technician
Hal Willner   Producer,Audio Production
Julian Schnabel   Author
Tom Sarig   Management
Andrew Schuman   Monitor Engineer
John Mark Harris   Engineer
Matt Brown   Monitor Engineer
John Cooper   Drum Technician
Frank Golchert   Engineer,Sound Design
Gary Hood   Guitar Techician
Kevin Hurdman   Guitar Techician
Ellen Kurus   Still Pictures
Kerri Welsh   Management

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