Lou Reed - Street Hassle (Vinyl)

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Street Hassle is the eighth solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in February 1978 by Arista Records. Richard Robinson and Reed produced the album. It is the first commercially released pop album to employ binaural recording technology. Street Hassle combines live concert tapes (with overdubs) and studio recordings. All of the songs on Street Hassle were written by Reed, including ""Real Good Time Together"", a track that dates back to his days as a member of the Velvet Underground.

Pressed on standard black vinyl.


Lou having a bit of fun here on Street Hassle, one of his most enjoyable album experiences.  OK, so all Lou albums are basically the same except for you either get Lou in jeans or else you get him in leather.  That's usually your choice, and what that means in audio terms is that if he's wearing jeans you get saxophone, if he's wearing leather you get no saxophone.  This is the one album experience that I know of, wherein Lou went into the studio and did sessions wearing jeans and had no sax or vice versa with the leather/saxophone combo.  Its an interesting album that shows strong influences from two late 70's phenomenon: PUNK and Springsteen.  But opposing the popular belief that either phenomenon was somehow original, he seems to be just laughing at it all on Street Hassle.  Reed himself was no stranger to the no rules anarchy of the punk aesthetic, nor the sprawling, operatic rock n' roll that The Boss represents.  This album starts with a funny reference to Sweet Jane wherein a split personality of Lou's spews insults and calls the lead singer a 'faggot'.  This establishes the raw party vibe and good times that did follow the mellower Coney Island Baby (his classic, IMO) and Rock n' Roll Heart releases.  Right off the bat, Lou has a snotty defiance in his voice, which continues on the barely put together production of Dirt.  Sometimes albums that are so raw can be hit or miss, but nothing could possibly feel contrived on a Lou Reed album containing a track with as much heart as Street Hassle.  I love the strings and its long, complicated structure that I can even tolerate some of its small bits of spoken work poetry, nay, actually enjoy it!  As for side two, there is nothing as serious as the glorious title track, just more sloppy good times.  This is either your cup of tea or not, but it is certainly the work Reed did that is most reminiscent of Velvet Underground that he did in the 70s.
Reviewed by: lanky_caravan

A1 Gimmie Some Good Times
A2 Dirt
A3 Street Hassle
A3a Waltzing Matilda
A3b Street Hassle
A3c Slipaway
B1 I Wanna Be Black
B2 Real Good Time Together
B3 Shooting Star
B4 Leave Me Alone
B5 Wait

The text "This is a stereo binaural sound recording" appears on the back cover (and on the hype sticker).

Record Label: Arista