Berlin

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Transformer and "Walk on the Wild Side" were both major hits in 1972, to the surprise of both Lou Reed and the music industry, and with Reed suddenly a hot commodity, he used his newly won clout to make the most ambitious album of his career, Berlin. Berlin was the musical equivalent of a drug-addled kid set loose in a candy store; the album's songs, which form a loose story line about a doomed romance between two chemically fueled bohemians, were fleshed out with a huge, boomy production Bob Ezrin at his most grandiose and arrangements overloaded with guitars, keyboards, horns, strings, and any other kitchen sink that was handy the session band included Jack Bruce, Steve ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Transformer and "Walk on the Wild Side" were both major hits in 1972, to the surprise of both Lou Reed and the music industry, and with Reed suddenly a hot commodity, he used his newly won clout to make the most ambitious album of his career, Berlin. Berlin was the musical equivalent of a drug-addled kid set loose in a candy store; the album's songs, which form a loose story line about a doomed romance between two chemically fueled bohemians, were fleshed out with a huge, boomy production Bob Ezrin at his most grandiose and arrangements overloaded with guitars, keyboards, horns, strings, and any other kitchen sink that was handy the session band included Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, Aynsley Dunbar, and Tony Levin. And while Reed had often been accused of focusing on the dark side of life, he and Ezrin approached Berlin as their opportunity to make The Most Depressing Album of All Time, and they hardly missed a trick. This all seemed a bit much for an artist who made such superb use of the two-guitars/bass/drums lineup with the Velvet Underground, especially since Reed doesn't even play electric guitar on the album; the sheer size of Berlin ultimately overpowers both Reed and his material. But if Berlin is largely a failure of ambition, that sets it apart from the vast majority of Reed's lesser works; Lou's vocals are both precise and impassioned, and though a few of the songs are little more than sketches, the best -- "How Do You Think It Feels," "Oh, Jim," "The Kids," and "Sad Song" -- are powerful, bitter stuff. It's hard not to be impressed by Berlin, given the sheer scope of the project, but while it earns an A for effort, the actual execution merits more of a B-.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/1998
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 078636748924
  • Catalog Number: 5003111
  • Sales rank: 71,094

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Berlin (3:24)
  2. 2 Lady Day (3:39)
  3. 3 Men of Good Fortune (4:38)
  4. 4 Caroline Says I (3:57)
  5. 5 How Do You Think It Feels (3:43)
  6. 6 Oh, Jim (5:14)
  7. 7 Caroline Says II (4:13)
  8. 8 The Kids (7:54)
  9. 9 The Bed (5:51)
  10. 10 Sad Song (6:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Reed Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jack Bruce Bass
Steve Winwood Organ, Harmonium, Keyboards
Michael Brecker Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Hunter Guitar, Electric Guitar
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Greg Calbi Overdubs
Bob Ezrin Piano, Drums, Choir, Chorus, Mellotron
Dennis Ferrante Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Overdubs
Steve Hyden Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tony Levin Bass
Dick Lewzey Overdubs
Allan MacMillan Piano, Keyboards
Elizabeth Marsh Vocals
Gene Martynec Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Jay Messina Overdubs
Jon Pierson Trombone, Bass Trombone
Ed Sprigg Overdubs
Blue Weaver Piano, Keyboards
Dick Wagner Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
B.J. Wilson Drums
Shelly Yakus Overdubs
Elizabeth Marca Choir, Chorus
Jon Peirson Bass, Trombone
Joe Lopes Overdubs
Pat Martin Overdubs
Danny Tuberville Overdubs
Technical Credits
Robin Black Engineer
Bob Ezrin Arranger, Producer
Michael Hill Liner Notes, Essay
Allan MacMillan Arranger
Gene Martynec Vocal Arrangements
Dinky Dawson Sound Consultant
Peter Flanagan Engineer
Fabio Berruti Artwork, Graphic Design
Paul Williams Tape Research
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