Lou Reed, Take No Prisoners – Live

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 02.06.12 in Reviews

Take No Prisoners - Live

Lou Reed

Lou Reed was always in some sense fighting with his audience for the first 15 years of his career anyway, so of course there was an album devoted to it. There are sharp versions of all your favorites here (“Sweet Jane,” “Satellite of Love,” “Wild Side,” you know the rest), but the real draw of Take No Prisoners is listening to him turn into a punk-rock Henny Youngman (his comparison) as his band vamps away in the background. Targets include the crowd, Barbra Streisand, Patti Smith, critics from the Times and Voice, the sound guy, and many more. He coulda been a comic and on this night, he was.