LOU REED (Velvet Underground)

Transformer (Vinyl)

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A1 Vicious 2:55
A2 Andy's Chest 3:17
A3 Perfect Day 3:43
A4 Hangin' 'Round 3:39
A5 Walk on the Wild Side 4:12
B1 Make Up 2:58
B2 Satellite of Love 3:40
B3 Wagon Wheel 3:19
B4 New York Telephone Conversation 1:31
B5 I'm So Free 3:07
B6 Goodnight Ladies 4:19

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Until recently I hadn't heard Transformer for the best part of eight years. Not because I didn't like it, or never owned a copy, but because I was too foolishly generous towards an ex-girlfriend of mine and gave her my CD copy. I shouldn't have let her have it, but I've not regretted it to the point that I felt moved to buy another copy. No, the absence of Transformer from my music collection served as a reminder that no one thinks any better of me just because I'm a nice guy. So it was until recently when I finally heard Transformer again after years of realising how foolish I had been.

I guess I have to admit to not being the biggest Lou Reed or The Velvet Underground fan. Regardless of that, the return of Transformer to my music collection was like encountering an old friend after years of not seeing each other and just picking up exactly where you'd left off. The same songs still remind me of the same people as they did when I first purchased it back in the late 90s, which was a mixed blessing as many of those people are very much in my past and I hadn't thought about them for years. 'Vicious' still reminds me of a girl who I had exactly three dates with before she admitted that she was only dating me to jerk me around in the same manner that the male population had jerked her around previously. 'Perfect Day' is still a great little tune that has been absolutely ruined by far too many horrible covers over the decades. Even the album's best known tune, 'Walk on the Wild Side' primarily reminds me of a time when the guy I had previously assumed to be my best friend decided it was okay to go and fuck my ex-girlfriend, for no better reason than he could, regardless of how I still felt about her.

Personal memories aside, Transformer is a great little pop album. I've always had a soft spot for 'Andy's Chest' and the sweet 'Satellite of Love'. Despite the quiet mastering of the album, Bowie and Ronson's production job is actually pretty good, and they give the often dour Reed a playful edge that he really should indulge in more often. Sure, it has a clutch of filler tracks, but hell, it wouldn't be Lou Reed if it wasn't flawed.

What is often overlooked when listening to Transformer is the great band that was backing Reed during this album, from the super-session bass supremo, Herbie Flowers, to brilliant backing vocalists Thunderthighs, to guitar-slinging co-producer Mick Ronson, who is credited as playing the majority of lead guitar throughout Transformer - and Reed is no slouch on guitar either.

If you're a Lou Reed fan, then there's every chance that Transformer is one of your least favourite Lou Reed albums due to its unapologetic accessibility, however that's also exactly the reason I like it so much

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Transformer (Vinyl)

Transformer (Vinyl)

A1 Vicious 2:55
A2 Andy's Chest 3:17
A3 Perfect Day 3:43
A4 Hangin' 'Round 3:39
A5 Walk on the Wild Side 4:12
B1 Make Up 2:58
B2 Satellite of Love 3:40
B3 Wagon Wheel 3:19
B4 New York Telephone Conversation 1:31
B5 I'm So Free 3:07
B6 Goodnight Ladies 4:19

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