Transformer [Expanded Edition]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
David Bowie has never been shy about acknowledging his influences, and since the boho decadence and sexual ambiguity of the Velvet Underground's music had a major impact on Bowie's work, it was only fitting that as Ziggy Stardust mania was reaching its peak, Bowie would offer Lou Reed some much needed help with his career, which was stuck in neutral after his first solo album came and went. Musically, Reed's work didn't have too much in common with the sonic bombast of the glam scene, but at least it was a place where his eccentricities could find a comfortable home, and on Transformer Bowie and his right-hand man, Mick Ronson, crafted a new sound for Reed that was better ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
David Bowie has never been shy about acknowledging his influences, and since the boho decadence and sexual ambiguity of the Velvet Underground's music had a major impact on Bowie's work, it was only fitting that as Ziggy Stardust mania was reaching its peak, Bowie would offer Lou Reed some much needed help with his career, which was stuck in neutral after his first solo album came and went. Musically, Reed's work didn't have too much in common with the sonic bombast of the glam scene, but at least it was a place where his eccentricities could find a comfortable home, and on Transformer Bowie and his right-hand man, Mick Ronson, crafted a new sound for Reed that was better fitting and more commercially astute than the ambivalent tone of his first solo album. Ronson adds some guitar raunch to "Vicious" and "Hangin' Round" that's a lot flashier than what Reed cranked out with the Velvets, but still honors Lou's strengths in guitar-driven hard rock, while the imaginative arrangements Ronson cooked up for "Perfect Day," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "Goodnight Ladies" blend pop polish with musical thinking just as distinctive as Reed's lyrical conceits. And while Reed occasionally overplays his hand in writing stuff he figured the glam kids wanted "Make Up" and "I'm So Free" being the most obvious examples, "Perfect Day," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "New York Telephone Conversation" proved he could still write about the demimonde with both perception and respect. The sound and style of Transformer would in many ways define Reed's career in the 1970s, and while it led him into a style that proved to be a dead end, you can't deny that Bowie and Ronson gave their hero a new lease on life -- and a solid album in the bargain. [This edition adds the acoustic demo versions of "Hangin' 'Round" and "Perfect Day."]
Rolling Stone - Pat Blashill
As an extremely suggestive and literate rock song, "Satellite" doesn't prove that he was rock's greatest living poet, but it shows that, for a time, Lou Reed himself dared to believe he was that good. Which is probably why Transformer is so brilliant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636513225
  • Catalog Number: 65132
  • Sales rank: 20,758

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vicious (2:58)
  2. 2 Andy's Chest (3:20)
  3. 3 Perfect Day (3:46)
  4. 4 Hangin' 'Round (3:35)
  5. 5 Walk on the Wild Side (4:15)
  6. 6 Make Up (3:00)
  7. 7 Satellite of Love (3:42)
  8. 8 Wagon Wheel (3:19)
  9. 9 New York Telephone Conversation (1:33)
  10. 10 I'm So Free (3:09)
  11. 11 Goodnight Ladies (4:31)
  12. 12 Hangin' 'Round (3:57)
  13. 13 Perfect Day (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Reed Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
David Bowie Background Vocals
Ronnie Ross Baritone Saxophone
Herbie Flowers Bass, Tuba, String Bass
Mick Ronson Guitar, Piano, Recorder, Background Vocals
Barry DeSouza Drums
Ritchie Dharma Drums
John Halsey Drums
Thunderthighs Background Vocals
Klaus Voormann Bass
John Halzey Drums
Technical Credits
David Bowie Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Lou Reed Arranger
Herbie Flowers Arranger
Mick Ronson Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production, Bass Arrangement
Michael Hill Liner Notes
Vic Anesini Mastering
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Ernst Thormahlen Art Direction
Glenn Korman Tape Research
Jeff Smith Art Direction
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