It was official. Hell had frozen over, pigs were flying, and Lou Reed was on the edge of superstardom, beating out of every radio in the land with those colored girls going “doo doo doo.” Less than three weeks after this concert, “Walk On The Wild Side” would become Reed’s first (and so far, only) Billboard chart entry - which, in turn, means this is one of the last recordings you’re going to hear where he’s playing to the converted alone, before the chart-hopping masses stopped grooving to Grand Funk and got into “Heroin” instead.
A partisan New York audience makes him feel at home,
though, and if the band is a little fussier than subsequent Reed combos, the
nifty little guitar licks and drum fills that flicker and flash through every song
give the performance a cheerful buoyancy that Lou rarely permitted in later
Excellent (if a teensy bit treble-y) sound, great stereo
separation and a solid set that marches through Velvets and solo highlights
alike, this might not be the best 1972-1973 era Reed show available, but it’s
certainly one of the best quality. - Dave Thompson
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