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Bells
     

The Bells

by Lou Reed
 

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After the harrowing triumph of Street Hassle, Lou Reed's The Bells sounded like a bit of a step back; it returned Reed to the more listener-friendly, keyboard-dominated sound of Rock and Roll Heart, the lyrics lacked the caustic self-loathing of songs like "Dirt" or "I Wanna Be Black," and it even featured a four-and

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After the harrowing triumph of Street Hassle, Lou Reed's The Bells sounded like a bit of a step back; it returned Reed to the more listener-friendly, keyboard-dominated sound of Rock and Roll Heart, the lyrics lacked the caustic self-loathing of songs like "Dirt" or "I Wanna Be Black," and it even featured a four-and-a-half-minute funk workout called "Disco Mystic" (hey, this was 1979). But lyrically, The Bells found Reed moving away from the boho decadence of most of his 1970s work and toward a more compassionate perspective on his characters; "Families" and "All Through the Night" display an empathy and emotional depth Reed didn't often allow himself as a solo artist, and "Stupid Man" and "Looking for Love" rocked hard while making the loneliness of their protagonists felt. And the title cut, with Reed experimenting with a guitar synthesizer and free jazz hero Don Cherry inviting the spirit on trumpet, is both a brave exploration of musical space and a lyrically touching sketch of loss and salvation. An album that's worn well over time, The Bells gains depth with each playing and now sounds like one of Reed's finest solo efforts of the 1970s.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0744659965920
catalogNumber:
99659
Rank:
143618

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Performance Credits

Lou Reed   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar
Don Cherry   Trumpet
Marty Fogel   Ocarina,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,fender rhodes
Ellard Bowles   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Michael Fonfara   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Michael Suchorsky   Percussion,Drums
Ellard Boles   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Lou Reed   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Marty Fogel   Horn Arrangements
Michael Fonfara   Executive Producer
Rene Tinner   Engineer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Rob Santos   Producer
Donn Davenport   Art Direction
David Alan Kogut   Art Direction
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders   Liner Notes

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