Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lou Reed - NYC Man, The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection CD1+CD2 [2003]


Lou Reed - NYC Man, The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection CD1+CD2 [2003]

Considering how far across the spectrum Lou has gone over a 40 year period, the songs manage to interweave nicely, and is not a conventional "greatest hits" by any stretch to be called "Ultimate" or "Essential". But it's typical of Reed to confuse, confound, frustrate, and upset critics and fans... He wrote these songs and sequenced them in order to a way that he was satisfied with listening to as an album in its own right versus a chronological "hits" package, pulled the masters and gave a short commentary of each song in the booklet (including revealing that the epic "Street Hassle" cut features an uncredited Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith on part of the song).  He chose to go with the edited "Sweet Jane" versus the found extended version or the 70s radio classic from "Rock and Roll Animal". The VU songs at times go with the original recordings, and others (I'll Be Your Mirror, White Light White Heat and Heroin) go with his solo versions in concert.  In the notes he felt a lot of the songs took years to catch on, and gave "Perfect Day" as an example, even though he prefers "Hangin' Around" as a favorite. He includes cuts from "Live In Italy" and "Take No Prisoners", although leaves hits like "I Love You Suzanne" off.

For an intro it's essential. (Amazon)


Lou Reed - NYC Man, The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection [2003] CD1

Lou Reed - NYC Man, The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection [2003] CD2



CD 1

1. Who Am I
2. Sweet Jane
3. Rock and Roll
4. I’m Waiting For The Man
5. White Light/White Heat (live)
6. Street Hassle
7. Berlin
8. Caroline Says II
9. The Kids
10. Walk On The Wild Side
11. Kill Your Sons (live)
12. Vicious
13. The Blue Mask
14. I’ll Be Your Mirror (live)
15. Magic And Loss
16. Ecstasy

CD 2

1. I Wanna Be Black (live edit)
2. Temporary Thing
3. Shooting Star
4. Legendary Hearts
5. Heroin (live)
6. Coney Island Baby
7. The Last Shot
8. The Bells
9. Perfect Day
10. Sally Can’t Dance
11. Satellite Of Love
12. NYC Man
13. Dirty Blvd.
14. Rock Minuet
15. Pale Blue Eyes



  1. I never knew of this collection - thanks!

    1. Enjoy the music Gummo.
      I like this one as it was curated by Lou himself
      Of course there are many favorites of Lou Reed that could be included but this is still a wonderful compilation.