New Sensations

New Sensations

by Lou Reed
     
 

Lou Reed never struck anyone as one of the happiest guys in rock & roll, so some fans were taken aback when his 1984 album New Sensations kicked off with "I Love You, Suzanne," a catchy up-tempo rocker that sounded a lot like a pop tune. After reaffirming his status as one of rock's greatest poets with The Blue Mask and See more details below

Overview

Lou Reed never struck anyone as one of the happiest guys in rock & roll, so some fans were taken aback when his 1984 album New Sensations kicked off with "I Love You, Suzanne," a catchy up-tempo rocker that sounded a lot like a pop tune. After reaffirming his status as one of rock's greatest poets with The Blue Mask and Legendary Hearts, what was Reed doing here? Lou was having a great time, and his pleasure was infectious -- New Sensations is a set of straight-ahead rock & roll that ranks with the most purely enjoyable albums of Lou's career. Reed opted not to work with guitarist Robert Quine this time out, instead overdubbing rhythm lines over his own leads, and if the guitars don't cut quite as deep, they're still wiry and in the pocket throughout, and the rhythm section of Fernando Saunders and Fred Maher rocks hard with a tough, sinewy groove. And while much of New Sensations finds Reed in a surprisingly optimistic mood, this isn't "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by any stretch of the imagination. On "Endlessly Jealous," "My Friend George," and "Fly Into the Sun," Reed makes it clear that happiness can be a hard-won commodity, and when Reed embraces life's pleasures on "Turn to Me" and "New Sensations," he does so with a fierce joy that's realistic, unblinking, and deeply felt, like a man whose signed on for the full ride and is going to enjoy the good times while they last. Like Coney Island Baby, New Sensations showed that Reed had a lot more warmth and humanity than he was given credit for, and made clear that he could "write happy" when he felt like, with all the impact of his "serious" material.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/2009
Label:
Iconoclassic
UPC:
0886972057125
catalogNumber:
1014
Rank:
21531

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Reed   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Lead
Robert Quine   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Horn,Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Horn
Tom "Bones" Malone   Horn
Jocelyn Brown   Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Horn
Rory Dodd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Connie Harvey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Fred Maher   Drums
Doane Perry   Drums
Fernando Saunders   Bass,Guitar,Electric Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,String Bass
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Violin,Electric Violin
Eric Troyer   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Wood   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Lou Reed   Producer
Tom "Bones" Malone   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Michael Hill   Liner Notes
John Jansen   Producer,Engineer
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Chris Eselgroth   Reissue Design
Waring Abbott   Art Direction
Liz Lauman   Coloring

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