Lou Reed

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Legal name: Lewis Allen Reed

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Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades.

The Velvet Underground was a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era. Brian Eno famously stated that, while the Velvet Underground's debut album sold only 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", but this level of mainstream commercial success was not to be repeated. Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar tuning.

Rolling Stone magazine voted Reed's 1989 New York album the 19th best of the 1980s. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time included two albums by Reed as a solo artist, Transformer and Berlin.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Lou Reed Lou Reed 3 6
1972 Transformer Lou Reed 4 18
1973 Berlin Lou Reed 4.5 8
1974 Sally Can’t Dance Lou Reed 3 7
1975 Metal Machine Music Lou Reed 6
1975 Coney Island Baby Lou Reed 5 8
1976 Rock and Roll Heart Lou Reed 3
1978 Street Hassle Lou Reed 3
1979 The Bells Lou Reed 4 2
1980 Growing Up in Public Lou Reed 2
1982 The Blue Mask Lou Reed 5 4
1983 Legendary Hearts Lou Reed 3
1984 New Sensations Lou Reed 5
1986 Mistrial Lou Reed 1
1989 New York Lou Reed 4.5 10
1990 Songs for Drella Lou Reed / John Cale 4
1992 Magic and Loss Lou Reed 4
1996 Set the Twilight Reeling Lou Reed 2
1999 The Blue Mask Lou Reed 1
2000 Ecstasy Lou Reed 3
2003 The Raven Lou Reed 2
2007 Hudson River Wind Meditations Lou Reed 1
2007 Metal Machine Music Lou Reed and Zeitkratzer 1
2011 Lulu Lou Reed & Metallica 1.25 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Walk on the Wild Side & Other Hits Lou Reed 1
1977 Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed Lou Reed 9
1982 Historia de la música rock - 27 Lou Reed 3 1
1987 Wild Child Lou Reed 2
1989 Retro: Best of Lou Reed Lou Reed 4 2
1992 Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology Lou Reed 5 1
1993 A Retrospective Lou Reed 1
1995 The Best of Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground 1
1996 Different Times: Lou Reed in the 70s Lou Reed 1
1997 Perfect Day Lou Reed 1
1997 The Masters Lou Reed 1
1999 The Very Best Of Lou Reed 1
1999 The Definitive Collection Lou Reed 1
2001 NYC Man: The Collection Lou Reed 3
2004 Platinum & Gold Collection Lou Reed 1
2004 Greatest Hits: NYC Man Lou Reed 1
2008 Playlist: the Very Best of Lou Reed Lou Reed 1
2008 Greatest Hits: Steel Box Collection Lou Reed 1
2009 Original Album Classics (The Blue Mask / Legendary Hearts / Live in Italy / New Sensations / Mistrial) Lou Reed 1
2009 Perfect Day the Best of Lou Reed Lou Reed 1
2009 The Best of Lou Reed Lou Reed 1
2013 Original Album Series (New York / Songs for Drella / Magic and Loss / Set the Twilight Reeling / Ecstasy) Lou Reed 1
2013 Milestones Lou Reed 1
2015 The Studio Album Collection: 1989–2000 Lou Reed 1
Century Sessions: Best Of Lou Reed 1
Essential Lou Reed Lou Reed 1

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