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Berlin (album) by Lou Reed

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Berlin
Berlin by Lou Reed (1973)
Overall rank: 446th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1973 (12th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (112th)
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Lou Reed bestography

Berlin is ranked 2nd best out of 35 albums by Lou Reed on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Lou Reed is Transformer which is ranked number 118 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 21,782.

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From Brad1770
Lou Reeds 3rd solo album 'Berlin' is essentially a rock opera that tells the sad tale of Jim and Caroline. The albums themes of drug use, prostitution, depression, domestic violence and suicide make for a harrowing listen but one that is weirdly intoxicating

Centre piece track "The Kids" is one the 70's great tracks , the children crying and "Mummy Mummy " screams that close the track still gives me chills even after all these years

My only nit picking would be track 9 "The Bed" and I'll often skip past it , still , this is my favourite LR album
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Artistically speaking, one of the greatest albums ever conceived, written, and played. Aynsley Dunbar's drumming on Side A is some of the greatest ever put on record, and the songs on Side B are so beautifully, disturbingly depressing that you can't help but be in awe. That said, I couldn't listen to this too frequently or I'd probably lose my mind.
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90/100
This may very well be my favourite opera rock. Why? It don't tell a story of an kid that loses his senses and becomes a god, It don't tell a story of a lunatic rockstar that builds walls or something like that. It is simply a story that may very well be hurtingly real.
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From Crumpet
I may be in the minority here, but I will not hesitate to state that I believe that Berlin is Reed’s masterpiece. I like Transformer, in fact, Transformer is much easier to dip into when you don’t feel like listening to a full album, but as a whole, Berlin is worlds better than Transformer.

The opening track ‘Berlin’ is a beautiful song and, in my mind, a perfect opener. Next we have ‘Lady Day’, a fine track that works very well as an in-between before the next brilliant song, the same goes for the next track ‘Men of Good Fortune’ which is possibly the weakest track, but that is saying something, as the song is actually still very good.

Then we have the albums next classic, ‘Caroline Says I’ which, as with all Lou Reed/Velvet Underground tracks with ‘says’ in the title, is absolutely brilliant. Then we have two more songs that further the story of the album ‘How it Feels’ and ‘Oh, Jim’, both great, before my favourite track. ‘Caroline Says II’ which I love so much I’m going to write a paragraph about it.

‘Caroline Says II’ is a slightly reworked version of an (at that point) unreleased Velvet Underground song called ‘Stephanie Says’. ‘Stephanie Says’ is a beautiful song and is, in my opinion, one of the Velvet’s best, so Reed takes this almost perfect song and polishes it up, making it part of something much bigger, this is really an amazing effort.

The next two tracks ‘The Kids’ and ‘The Bed’ are dark, depressing and effective, leading up to the finale, ‘Sad Song’ which is a lovely melancholic closer. Overall, this album is Lou’s best, and is a must listen for any Velvet Underground fan, any Lou Reed fan and, really, any music fan.
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Man this is an excellent album. The second side is very dark but they are still great tunes, lyric and storyline. I also love side one which is less sombre but the whole album is superb with perhaps the Caroline Says 1 the weakest flippant track, but nevertheless still a good song in itself.
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I expected this to be more abrasive than it was.
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My favorite Lou Reed album from the 70's
70's Lou Reed
1- Berlin
2- Lou Reed
3- Street Hassle
4- Rock and Roll Animal
5- Transformer
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Not as immediate as Transformer, but just as important to any self respecting Lou Reed fan. Berlin is the bad comedown to the party that was Transformer.

It was also a bold move to release an album like Berlin after the commercial success of its predecessor and this was early on in Lou Reed's solo career long before he made a habit of this kind of thing.

My only gripe with this album is the children crying in the background on the track The Kids, it sounds quite unsettling, but even more so if the rumour is believed that the producer told his children their mother had died in order to record their reaction for the record.
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Berlin, is one of three truly classic Lou Reed albums along with, transformer, and, new york. It certainly is one of the darkest albums ever made, dealing with suicide, which is not the most attractive of themes but Reed pulls it off with aplomb. It needs to be listened to in one sitting, with maybe only, how do you think it feels, really working on it's own. Still, Berlin, is a superb album, a seventies classic.
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Best Albums of 1973
1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
3. Quadrophenia by The Who
4. Innervisions by Stevie Wonder
5. Selling England By The Pound by Genesis
6. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
7. Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges
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16. Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock
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