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The Bells

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 744659965920
  • Catalog Number: 99659
  • Sales rank: 122,034

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stupid Man (2:33)
  2. 2 Disco Mystic (4:30)
  3. 3 I Want to Boogie with You (3:55)
  4. 4 With You (2:22)
  5. 5 Looking for Love (3:29)
  6. 6 City Lights (3:22)
  7. 7 All Through the Night (5:00)
  8. 8 Families (6:09)
  9. 9 The Bells (9:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Reed Primary Artist, 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
Elliott Federman Mastering
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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