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Lou Reed
Brooklyn 2006 [no label, 1CD]
Live at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, December 14, 2006

This is what David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "On December 14, 33 years after the album's release, (Lou) Reed opened a sold-out four-night stand at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, performing the whole of Berlin live for the first time, with full orchestration... The story still thrills as it repels: the way Reed, with a poet's ear and a reporter's eye and no intruding moral comment, renders both artificial ecstasies (booze, speed, reckless sex) and real-life horror (beatings, blood on the sheets).

"But the most astonishing thing about hearing Berlin live was the greatest-hits glow of the songs. The arrangements, which sounded muted and crowded on the album's original, flimsy RCA pressing, bloomed in 3-D. The German beer-hall thump of Lady Day became an elephant-march heartbeat with guitarist Steve Hunter, who played on the album sessions, breaking out in fits of arena-rock shriek. In Caroline Says I, Reed countered the flirty melody and gently buoyant score with dry vocal cool. And when he got to Caroline Says II, Reed offset the escalating violence and emotional collapse with a tenderness, in the music and his singing, that made it a love song in all but the bruises."

And as reported in the New York Times, "Mr Reed has gathered a starry group of friends to help turn Berlin into a semitheatrical, multimedia performance. Julian Schnabel has created sets and will be filming the show, and Mr Schnabel's daughter, Lola, has shot film scenes with the French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, which will be projected onto the stage. Bob Ezrin, who produced the original album, will be doing musical direction with Hal Willner. The indie darling Antony [of Antony & The Johnsons] will appear with a children's choir and will also sing backup with Sharon Jones, queen of the local retro-soul scene."

For those into trivial pursuit, the show even incorporated the "lost minute" instrumental interlude heard on the cassette and eight-track tapes!

Thanks to upload for sharing the tracks. Also note that while this audience recording is generally excellent, the volume is slightly low.

Officially released - these tracks are no longer available for download.

 
Track 01 introduction (2.3MB)
Track 02 Sad Song overture (2.4MB)
Track 03 Berlin (3.5MB)
Track 04 Lady Day (5.7MB)
Track 05
Men Of Good Fortune (8.2MB)
Track 06
Caroline Says (I) (5.2MB)
Track 07 How Do You Think It Feels? (5.5MB)
Track 08 Oh, Jim (10.0MB)
Track 09 Caroline Says (II) (7.9MB)
Track 10 The Kids (10.9MB)
Track 11 The Bed (7.6MB)
Track 12 Sad Song (10.5MB)
  encore
Track 13 encore introduction (2.0MB)
Track 14 Sweet Jane (8.5MB)
Track 15 Candy Says (7.0MB)
Track 16 Rock Minuet (8.2MB)

Other musicians:
Rob Wasserman - bass
Fernando Saunders - bass
Steve Hunter - guitar
Tony "Thunder" Smith - drums
Sharon Jones - vocals
Steve Bernstein - trumpet
Jane Scarpantoni - cello
Hal Willner - producer
Bob Ezrin - conductor



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