Legendary 1974 Live Album On Vinyl LP!
Features Classic Solo Renditions Of Songs By The Velvet Underground!
Remastered Under Lou Reed's Direct Personal Supervision!
Rock n Roll Animal is a live album by Lou Reed, released by RCA Records in
1974. In its original form, it features five songs, four of which are Velvet
Underground songs. The musicians were Pentti Glan (drums) and Prakash John
(bass), Ray Colcord (keyboards), and Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter on guitars.
(The two guitarists would later form the basis of the second Alice Cooper band,
beginning on Welcome to My Nightmare, which also features Glan and John.)
The album was recorded live on December 21, 1973, at Howard Stein's Academy of
Music in New York City. A sleeper hit, it peaked at #45 on the Billboard album
chart during a twenty-eight week stay before earning Reed's first RIAA gold
certification in 1978.
"In 1974, after the commercial disaster of his album Berlin, Lou Reed needed
a hit, and Rock N' Roll Animal was a rare display of commercial acumen on his
part, just the right album at just the right time. Recorded in concert with
Reed's crack road band at the peak of their form, Rock N' Roll Animal offered a
set of his most anthemic songs (most dating from his days with the Velvet
Underground) in arrangements that presented his lean, effective melodies and
street-level lyrics in their most user-friendly form (or at least as user
friendly as an album with a song called 'Heroin' can get). Early-'70s arena rock
bombast is often the order of the day, but guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve
Hunter use their six-string muscle to lift these songs up, not weigh them down,
and with Reed's passionate but controlled vocals riding over the top, 'Sweet
Jane,' 'White Light/White Heat,' and 'Rock 'n' Roll' finally sound like the
radio hits they always should have been. Reed would rarely sound this commercial
again, but Rock N' Roll Animal proves he could please a crowd when he had to."
• Vinyl LP
• Remastered under Lou Reed's direct personal supervision
• Gatefold jacket
• Recorded Live at Howard Stein's Academy of Music, N.Y.C.
1. Intro/Sweet Jane
1. White Light/White Heat
2. Lady Day
3. Rock 'n' Roll