Lou Reed - Coney Island Baby (Vinyl)

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Coney Island Baby is a 1976 solo studio album by Lou Reed, released in January by RCA Records. The album has been described as “perhaps the most romantic album of Reed’s career.” Many of the album's songs were inspired by and dedicated to Reed's girlfriend and muse at the time, a trans woman named Rachel. Pressed on standard black vinyl.




 

After the commercial suicide of "metal machine music" Lou found himself in hard times financially and following some assistance from Clive Davis at RCA opted to make a more conventional rock album. First off "Coney Island Baby" is one Lou's best sounding records , the guitars and drums sound warm and everything has a clear space of its own in the mix . Lou himself's vocals are absolutely brilliant making the opening two tracks cool if slightly cheesy pop sound fantastic . He is aided partly by the lovely slide guitars and chimes on the opener . The version of "shes my best friend" is more rousing than the VU version and a perfect update . The first side perfectly closes with "kicks" one of Lou's many 70s epics of sexual violence and debauchery . The use of interjected vocal samples was pretty original for the time and pretty unsettling too.
Side 2 is not quite pack the same punch but "a gift" is pretty camp and hilarious ,while the title track is an absolute beauty . A regretful look back at youthful failure with  lovely sweet jane type chugging guitars throughout . Once again that most original of voices sings its ass off. Im getting the feeling there is more to Lou Reed solo 70s work than "Transformer" and "Berlin"
Review by: Garfieldacres
 


A1 Crazy Feeling
A2 Charley's Girl
A3 She's My Best Friend
A4 Kicks
B1 A Gift
B2 Ooohhh Baby
B3 Nobody's Business
B4 Coney Island Baby



Recorded, mixed and mastered at Mediasound, New York.

Record Label: RCA Vistor