Berlin is the third solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in July 1973 by RCA Records. A concept album, Berlin tells the story of a couple's struggle with drug addiction and abuse. Initially, critical reception was mixed but appraisals of the album have warmed over the years: in 1973 Rolling Stone declared the album "a disaster" but in 2003, the album was ranked No. 344 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Lou Reed's Berlin (DVD, Album, Copy Prot. Scanbox Entertainment. Julian Schnabel - Lou Reed's Berlin (DVD-V, PAL).
Loosely based on Reed’s own increasing drug dependency and his declining relationship with then-wife Bettye Kronstad, it tracks them through their quick and dramatic downfall into prostitution ( Lady Day ), domestic violence ( Caroline Says II ), substance abuse ( How Do You Think It Feels ), and, finally, suicide ( The Bed ). Initially, Berlin was a critical and commercial flop; Stephen Davis of Rolling Stone Magazine famously called it a ‘disaster,‘ denouncing its world of paranoia, schizophrenia, degradation, pill-induced violence and suicide
Lou Reed recorded the album Berlin in 1973. It was a commercial failure. Over the next 33 years, he never performed the album live. For five nights in December 2006 at St. Ann's Warehouse Brooklyn, Lou Reed performed his masterwork about love's dark sisters: jealousy, rage and loss. Julian Schnabel introduces his new film-a 2006 concert rendition of Lou Reed’s 1973 album Berlin-by saying, I felt it to be the soundtrack of much of my life. At first that’s an alarming personal confession (from anyone other than Hedwig and the Angry Inch). But it’s also rare when a visual artist acknowledges that pop music enters his or her experience at all.
Working with film director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Reed brings a quiet power to his weary tale of hopeless junkies Caroline and Jim, whose lives, already bound for the gutter when the performance begins, completely bottom out little over an hour later (the 81-minute DVD includes a few encores, notably the Velvet Underground classic "Sweet Jane"). Lou Reed brings his masterpiece Berlin album to the stage for all to appreciate. While the video aspects are respectful of Lou and his music with regard to professionalism, the dvd in no way comes off as a "movie" about the music. In fact, they remove us from the intensity of Lou's performance and the excellence of his band and choir.
Lou Reed sings the first half of the concert like Schnabel blackmailed him into performing. Not that this is any surprise. Even in his twilight years, Reed is like a self-conscious teenager who is too cool to admit that he’s enjoying himself. But as the concert continues and the story gains momentum, there are noticeable chinks in this facade. His emotions are all the more real for having tried to conceal them. And Berlin is essentially an album about memory and regret best told through complacency not youthful anger. Schnabel may be a baby boomer indulging in a bit of hero worship, but at least he’s documenting a rare moment experienced by a handful of people rather than a stadium event seen by thousands. Still I’d rather see a film of a new band playing in their garage than another rock icon risking his legacy for a few million more dollars.
Send it to ti. onesopolis. Lou Reed - Lou Reed’s Berlin: A Film By Julian Schnabel. Edging close to genius, without shadow of a doubt. Famously and, perhaps gloriously, a commercial failure in 1973, Berlin is a stubborn, dark meisterwork trawling beyond the era’s trash-glam to uncover an uncomfortably seedy and harrowing tale. So this was real life. An animated Reed is a rare sight, adding significantly to the heartrending tale of Caroline’s self-destruction. He is aided by time-served collaborators Fernado Saunders, Rob Wasserman and, most inspiring, Anthony, drawing a look of sheer admiration from the master himself. Even Steve Hunter’s overtly rockist guitar interludes are kept reasonably in check. The post-Berlin conclusion of Sweet Jane provides needed light relief but, even here, amid the familiarity of simple chord structure, there lies blackness in the grooves.
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|5||Caroline Says, Pt. I|
|6||How Do You Think It Feels|
|8||Caroline Says, Pt. II|
Lead Vocals – Antony
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