Lou Reed, Live In Italy

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 02.06.12 in Reviews

Live In Italy

Lou Reed

In which Reed takes the best band he had as a solo artist Robert Quine on guitar, Fred Maher on drums, Fernando Saunders on bass to Verona and Rome in September 1983 and they all have a real raucous time together. Reed’s voice will never be pretty, but his roar is present and full of conviction, and while Quine’s shredding guitar is less present than on 1982′s The Blue Mask, he and Reed build a cunning wall of noise: see especially “White Light/White Heat.” Most of the ’70s Reed songs here beat the LP versions handily (though not “Walk on the Wild Side”), and the VU reworks kick their own kind of ass.