Friday, October 14, 2005

Yet Another Live Lou Reed DVD

From a press release at

Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading independent source for high quality music audio/visual programming, will release Lou Reed: Live at Montreux 2000, a DVD performance from one of the rock era’s true iconoclasts at Europe’s most prestigious music festival. The release hits stores on November 1.

Here, Reed demonstrates that his combination of thoughtful, affecting lyrics on mortality and dysfunctional relationships and alternately subtle and furious songcraft is as potent as ever. He’s backed by his longtime band: guitarist Mike Rathke, drummer Tony “Thunder” Smith, and bass player, Fernando Saunders. Together, the band makes an incredibly lean, mean springboard for Reed’s often searing guitar solos.

The show is largely comprised of songs from Ecstasy, Reed’s acclaimed 2000 album, although there’s a smattering of tunes from other albums: “Turn to Me” is from 1984’s New Sensations, “Dirty Blvd. “ “Dime Store Mystery” and “Romeo had Juliette“ are culled from 1989’s “New York,” “Smalltown” is from 1990’s Songs for Drella, and “Riptide” and “Set the Twilight Reeling” are from the album named for the latter. And then there’s “Perfect Day,” a song from 1972’s Transformer that gained a new life through the film Trainspotting.

...The novelistic detail of albums like New York, Magic and Loss, and the state of the art recording techniques and finely wrought guitar solos throughout his music render Reed a force to be reckoned with. In 2003, he released The Raven, a complete reworking of Edgar Allan Poe’s horror masterpiece. That same year Reed also released NYC Man - The Collection, a compilation of his greatest hits spanning his days in the Velvet Underground through his current solo material. In 2004, Reed released Animal Serenade, which was recorded live at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Spanish Fly, a DVD of his live concert shot in Spain, was released in 2005.

...Emotion in Action, a double book edition of Lou Reed’s photographs was published in October 2003 by 7L and Gerhard Steidl. Reed is currently working on a new photo book entitled Lou Reed’s New York. Comprising over one hundred of Reed’s photographs of New York, the book is an intimate view of what inspires him and what he sees and encounters on a daily basis.
As most of you know, releasing zillions of live albums and now DVDs featuring the same songs over and over is Advanced. I like this new photography angle, too.

No comments: