Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
In October 1990, Lou Reed interviewed Vaclav Havel, playwright, poet, president of the newly emancipated Czechoslovakia, and -- surprisingly? -- a Velvet Underground fan. During the course of their conversation, Havel handed Reed a book. "These are your lyrics, hand-printed and translated into Czechoslovakian. There were only 200 of them. They were very dangerous to have. People went to jail." Nobody will go to jail for owning Between Thought and Expression, but Reed's lyrics remain dangerous -- not, as in Communist Czechoslovakia, for what they are, but for what they say. Deactivating society's most fail-safe mechanisms, he tells secrets, lifts shrouds, and, at his best,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
In October 1990, Lou Reed interviewed Vaclav Havel, playwright, poet, president of the newly emancipated Czechoslovakia, and -- surprisingly? -- a Velvet Underground fan. During the course of their conversation, Havel handed Reed a book. "These are your lyrics, hand-printed and translated into Czechoslovakian. There were only 200 of them. They were very dangerous to have. People went to jail." Nobody will go to jail for owning Between Thought and Expression, but Reed's lyrics remain dangerous -- not, as in Communist Czechoslovakia, for what they are, but for what they say. Deactivating society's most fail-safe mechanisms, he tells secrets, lifts shrouds, and, at his best, depicts a reality so harsh, so harrowing, that it becomes almost fantastical. Nobody could live like that. Nobody could love like that. And, surely, nobody could think like that. Between Thought and Expression, three discs and four hours culling Reed's own personal favorites from a then-25-year career, presents that reality without distraction. From the Velvets through to the end of the '80s, with diversions through most of the intriguing alleyways that Reed glanced down during that latter decade, the box is strongest where Reed is at his most powerful -- the inevitable sequence that ran between 1972-1974 most of all. But reevaluate Reed's '80s output and you will be pleasantly surprised, while even the nadir of Rock and Roll Heart proves salvageable. For the collectors, a handful of unreleased cuts include early versions of "Downtown Dirt" and "Leave Me Alone," plus "Here Comes the Bride" emerges a Take No Prisoners outtake that is just as much fun as the rest of that album. "America Star Spangled Banner" sounds uncannily like one of those '60s pop classics that punk bands used to speed up, and there's also a new live version of "Heroin," to do with what you will. Indeed, if you ignore the absence of a handful of personal favorites and overlook the fact that anyone who doesn't already own most of them probably thinks Lou Reed is an instrument that you play in the bathroom, you've got every key track in Reed's pre-New York repertoire, with even the oft-dismissed Metal Machine Music making a 92-second cameo appearance to keep the pedants at bay. Taking Reed's career stage by stage, there are better collections than this out there -- the Legendary box that splits between his two stints on RCA for one. But as a solid overview backed by an informative, Reed-approved booklet, Between Thought and Expression readily lives up to its maker's reputation. And that of his lyrics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/1992
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636235622
  • Catalog Number: 2356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can't Stand It (2:36)
  2. 2 Lisa Says (5:33)
  3. 3 Ocean (5:06)
  4. 4 Walk on the Wild Side (4:13)
  5. 5 Satellite of Love (3:39)
  6. 6 Vicious (2:55)
  7. 7 Caroline Says I (3:57)
  8. 8 How Do You Think It Feels (3:43)
  9. 9 Oh Jim (5:12)
  10. 10 Caroline Says II (4:13)
  11. 11 The Kids (7:51)
  12. 12 Sad Song (7:08)
  13. 13 Sweet Jane (7:57)
  14. 14 Kill Your Sons (3:37)
  15. 15 Coney Island Baby (6:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nowhere at All (3:15)
  2. 2 Kicks (6:02)
  3. 3 Downtown Dirt (4:17)
  4. 4 Rock & Roll Heart (3:06)
  5. 5 Vicious Circle (2:52)
  6. 6 Temporary Thing (5:14)
  7. 7 Real Good Time Together (3:21)
  8. 8 Leave Me Alone (5:33)
  9. 9 Heroin (12:20)
  10. 10 Here Comes the Bride (6:06)
  11. 11 Street Hassle (11:00)
  12. 12 Metal Machine Music (1:32)
  13. 13 The Bells (6:31)
Disc 3
  1. 1 America (Star Spangled Banner) (2:50)
  2. 2 Think It Over (3:26)
  3. 3 Teach the Gifted Children (3:15)
  4. 4 The Gun (3:41)
  5. 5 The Blue Mask (5:03)
  6. 6 My House (5:25)
  7. 7 Waves of Fear (4:13)
  8. 8 Little Sister (6:07)
  9. 9 Legendary Hearts (3:24)
  10. 10 The Last Shot (3:23)
  11. 11 New Sensations (5:44)
  12. 12 My Friend George (3:56)
  13. 13 Doin' the Things That We Want To (3:56)
  14. 14 The Original Wrapper (3:39)
  15. 15 Video Violence (5:35)
  16. 16 Tell It to Your Heart (5:12)
  17. 17 Voices of Freedom (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Reed Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Guitar
Rick Wakeman Piano
Rubén Blades Background Vocals
Jack Bruce Bass
Jim Carroll Background Vocals
Peter Gabriel Fiddle, Background Vocals
Steve Howe Guitar
Robert Quine Guitar
Steve Winwood Organ, Harmonium
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Don Cherry Trumpet
Marty Fogel Ocarina, Saxophone, fender rhodes
Herbie Flowers Bass
Steve Hunter Guitar
Genya Ravan Background Vocals
Mick Ronson Guitar
Michael Wendroff Background Vocals
Jocelyn Brown Background Vocals
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Clem Cattini Percussion
Ray Colcord Keyboards
Barry DeSouza Drums
Rory Dodd Background Vocals
Bob Ezrin Piano, Mellotron
Chrissy Faith Background Vocals
Michael Fonfara Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Clavinet, ARP
Helene Francois Background Vocals
Kay Garner Background Vocals
Chuck Hammer Guitar
Connie Harvey Background Vocals
Stuart Heinrich Guitar, Background Vocals
Jo'Anna Kameron Background Vocals
Paul Keogh Guitar
Bob Kulick Guitar
Tony Levin Bass
Fred Maher Drums
Eddie Martinez Rhythm Guitar
Sammy Merendino Percussion
Youssou N'Dour Background Vocals
Brian Odgers Bass
Jon Pierson Bass Trombone
Caleb Quaye Guitar, Piano
Fernando Saunders Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Lakshminarayana Shankar Electric Violin
Michael Suchorsky Drums
Eric Troyer Background Vocals
Joanne Vent Background Vocals
Klaus Voormann Bass
Dick Wagner Guitar
Steve Wagner Guitar, Background Vocals
B.J. Wilson Drums
Christine Wiltshire Background Vocals
Peter Wood Accordion, Keyboards
Bruce Yaw Bass
Doug Yule Bass
Ellard Boles Bass, Background Vocals
Whitey Glan Drums
John Halzey Drums
Angela Howard Background Vocals
Rick Bell Saxophone
Bob Meday Drums
Prakash John Bass
Technical Credits
David Bowie Producer
Lou Reed Producer, Horn Arrangements, Feedback
Marty Fogel Horn Arrangements
Mort Shuman Composer
Mick Ronson Producer, String Arrangements
Richard James Burgess Producer
Godfrey Diamond Producer
Bob Ezrin Producer
Michael Fonfara Producer, Executive Producer
John Jansen Producer
Steve Katz Producer
Fernando Saunders Programming, Producer, drum programming
Aram Schefrin String Arrangements
Ray Thompson Engineer
Sean Fullan Producer
Rob Bowman Producer, Liner Notes
Rodney Bowes Art Direction
Richard Robinson Producer
Jim Campbell Producer
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