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New York (Deluxe Edition)

Lou Reed

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Lou Reed, for Gen X at least, was the weird, slightly estranged uncle who could recite French poetry from memory while doing knife tricks with a personalized switchblade. When he came around, things could be exciting and a little uncomfortable, and even though you've never really known him very well, his legend loomed large. New York changed that. It was the first Lou Reed album that Gen X could justifiably claim as their own; released in early 1989, it was really more of a '90s album as it definitively put the '80s in the rearview. The bite of Lou Reed's lyrics was nothing new of course, but the generation coming of age in the late '80s had never had a new Lou album to attach themselves to; New York was released three years after the old-fart-trying-new-things vibes of Mistrial and more than eight years after The Blue Mask, the last Reed album to completely abandon "contemporary" sounds in favor of back-to-basics musicianship, crisp production, and strong, unforgiving lyrics that spoke directly to the spiritual affinities of a cynical generation.

From the first notes of "Romeo Had Juliette," Reed's sonic mission was clear: By stripping his band down to two guitars, an electric upright bass, and a simple drum kit (played by co-producer Fred Maher and occasionally augmented with percussion by Mo Tucker), the attention was to be focused on the lyrics. Delivering a clear-eyed assessment of how devastating the '80s had been to the city he was so closely associated with, the lyrics on New York drop the listener into a city that is ravaged by AIDS, proto-gentrification, rampant inequality, and the "Statue of Bigotry," but still in touch with its expansive, egalitarian, no-B.S. heart. While today's ears may flinch at some of the lyrics ("spic" and "homeboys" particularly bristle), ears then flinched too. Reed knew what he was doing by writing plain-spoken and deceptively straightforward verses; by not mincing words and speaking like a "real" New Yorker (as if he had a choice), his astute observational skills and unassailable connection to the city give him both personal and poetic license to tell the intricate, intimate, and intense stories throughout New York.

It's debatable whether New York actually needed a remastering—its sharp-edged mix was perfectly suited to a late '80s CD master and already was given plenty of air to breathe by the spare arrangements—but this new mastering does open up the album a bit more, mitigating some of the CD-era sheen while not muting any of Reed's slicing guitar work. The unreleased tracks are a similarly mixed bag, as the material is in various states of completion. "Dirty Blvd," for instance is presented in both a "work tape" that is little more than a riff memo as well as a "rough mix" that presents a meatier, more substantial version than the final album version that manages to somehow put Reed's voice even more in the listener's face. Meanwhile, non-LP track "The Room" is a disappointing, all-guitar instrumental piece that's out of context on such a lyrical album; it winds up sounding like leftover material used in the dissonant coda of "There Is No Time." The live material sounds like one of the all-New York sets that Reed performed around this time, but it is in fact culled from multiple concerts. While completists may balk at this, the final result is a quite strong collection of live performances. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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1
Romeo Had Juliette (2020 Remaster)
00:03:09

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Bass Guitar - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Halloween Parade (2020 Remaster)
00:03:33

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Dirty Blvd. (2020 Remaster)
00:03:29

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Dion DiMucci, Background Vocals - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Endless Cycle (2020 Remaster)
00:04:02

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
There Is No Time (2020 Remaster)
00:03:46

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
Last Great American Whale (2020 Remaster)
00:03:42

Maureen Tucker, Percussion - Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
Beginning of a Great Adventure (2020 Remaster)
00:05:00

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar, Writer - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
Busload of Faith (2020 Remaster)
00:04:49

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Bass Guitar - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
Sick of You (2020 Remaster)
00:03:25

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Hold On (2020 Remaster)
00:03:24

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

11
Good Evening Mr. Waldeheim (2020 Remaster)
00:04:36

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

12
Xmas in February (2020 Remaster)
00:02:57

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

13
Strawman (2020 Remaster)
00:05:53

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

14
Dime Store Mystery (2020 Remaster)
00:05:03

Maureen Tucker, Percussion - Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

DISC 2

1
Romeo Had Juliette (Live at Warner Theatre, Washington, DC, 3/14/1989) (Live at Warner Theatre, Washington, DC 3/14/1989)
00:04:43

Maureen Tucker, Drums, Percussion - Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Halloween Parade (Live at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD, 3/16/1989)
00:04:51

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Dirty Blvd. (Live at Wembley Arena, London, UK, 7/14/1989) (Live at Wembley Arena, London, UK, 7/14/89)
00:04:18

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Endless Cycle (Live at the Warner Theatre, Washington, DC, 3/14/1989)
00:04:38

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
There Is No Time (Live at The Mosque, Richmond, VA, 8/8/1989)
00:05:34

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
Last Great American Whale (Live at The Mosque, Richmond, VA, 8/8/1989)
00:06:04

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
Beginning of a Great Adventure (Live at Wembley Arena, London, UK, 7/4/1989)
00:07:23

Mike Rathke, Guitar, Writer - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
Busload of Faith (Live at the Falconer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6/9/1989)
00:05:05

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
Sick of You (Live at the Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA, 3/17/1989)
00:05:21

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Hold On (Live at the Mosque, Richmond, VA, 8/8/1989)
00:03:34

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

11
Good Evening Mr. Waldheim (Live at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD, 3/16/1989)
00:04:01

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

12
Xmas in February (Live at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD, 3/16/1989)
00:03:42

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

13
Strawman (Live at Wembley Arena, London, UK, 7/4/1989)
00:05:21

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

14
Dime Store Mystery (Live at the Mosque, Richmond, VA, 8/8/1989)
00:06:21

Maureen Tucker, Drums - Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

DISC 3

1
Romeo Had Juliette (Single Version)
00:03:07

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Bass Guitar - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Dirty Blvd. (Work Tape)
00:01:53

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Dirty Blvd. (Rough Mix)
00:03:34

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Endless Cycle (Work Tape)
00:01:06

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
Last Great American Whale (Work Tape)
00:02:09

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
Beginning of a Great Adventure (Rough Mix)
00:05:01

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar, Writer - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
Busload of Faith (Acoustic Version)
00:02:39

Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
Sick of You (Work Tape)
00:01:26

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
Sick of You (Rough Mix)
00:03:40

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Hold On (Rough Mix)
00:02:43

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

11
Strawman (Rough Mix)
00:05:59

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

12
The Room
00:03:37

Mike Rathke, Mixer, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Fred Maher, Producer, Mixer, Drums - Jeff Lesser, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocals - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

13
Sweet Jane (Live Encore at The Mosque, Richmond, VA, 8/8/1989)
00:05:50

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

14
Walk on the Wild Side (Live Encore at The Mosque, Richmond, VA, 8/8/1989)
00:03:57

Mike Rathke, Guitar - Rob Wasserman, Bass Guitar - Lou Reed, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Hersch, MasteringEngineer - Bill Inglot, MasteringEngineer - Bob Medici, Drums, Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

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Lou Reed, for Gen X at least, was the weird, slightly estranged uncle who could recite French poetry from memory while doing knife tricks with a personalized switchblade. When he came around, things could be exciting and a little uncomfortable, and even though you've never really known him very well, his legend loomed large. New York changed that. It was the first Lou Reed album that Gen X could justifiably claim as their own; released in early 1989, it was really more of a '90s album as it definitively put the '80s in the rearview. The bite of Lou Reed's lyrics was nothing new of course, but the generation coming of age in the late '80s had never had a new Lou album to attach themselves to; New York was released three years after the old-fart-trying-new-things vibes of Mistrial and more than eight years after The Blue Mask, the last Reed album to completely abandon "contemporary" sounds in favor of back-to-basics musicianship, crisp production, and strong, unforgiving lyrics that spoke directly to the spiritual affinities of a cynical generation.

From the first notes of "Romeo Had Juliette," Reed's sonic mission was clear: By stripping his band down to two guitars, an electric upright bass, and a simple drum kit (played by co-producer Fred Maher and occasionally augmented with percussion by Mo Tucker), the attention was to be focused on the lyrics. Delivering a clear-eyed assessment of how devastating the '80s had been to the city he was so closely associated with, the lyrics on New York drop the listener into a city that is ravaged by AIDS, proto-gentrification, rampant inequality, and the "Statue of Bigotry," but still in touch with its expansive, egalitarian, no-B.S. heart. While today's ears may flinch at some of the lyrics ("spic" and "homeboys" particularly bristle), ears then flinched too. Reed knew what he was doing by writing plain-spoken and deceptively straightforward verses; by not mincing words and speaking like a "real" New Yorker (as if he had a choice), his astute observational skills and unassailable connection to the city give him both personal and poetic license to tell the intricate, intimate, and intense stories throughout New York.

It's debatable whether New York actually needed a remastering—its sharp-edged mix was perfectly suited to a late '80s CD master and already was given plenty of air to breathe by the spare arrangements—but this new mastering does open up the album a bit more, mitigating some of the CD-era sheen while not muting any of Reed's slicing guitar work. The unreleased tracks are a similarly mixed bag, as the material is in various states of completion. "Dirty Blvd," for instance is presented in both a "work tape" that is little more than a riff memo as well as a "rough mix" that presents a meatier, more substantial version than the final album version that manages to somehow put Reed's voice even more in the listener's face. Meanwhile, non-LP track "The Room" is a disappointing, all-guitar instrumental piece that's out of context on such a lyrical album; it winds up sounding like leftover material used in the dissonant coda of "There Is No Time." The live material sounds like one of the all-New York sets that Reed performed around this time, but it is in fact culled from multiple concerts. While completists may balk at this, the final result is a quite strong collection of live performances. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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