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Live: Take No Prisoners (1978) - Lou Reed

Lou Reed - Live: Take No Prisoners album cover« Lou Reed

One big regret I have is never seeing Lou Reed live. At least no yet. But at least there are several live Lou Reed albums, including this one and Rock and Roll Animal.

Live: Take No Prisoners was recorded at The Bottom Line in New York City. That was a club on 4th Street near Washington Square Park. Not sure if it is still there or not. It's been awhile since I was in NYC. According the the album credits, this is a straight live recording with no overdubbing.

My vinyl version is a 2-disc set arranged for old record players where you could stack the records. The idea was you'd stack the first record on the bottom and the second on the top, with Sides 1 and 2 face up. After Side 1 finished, the second record would drop. At the end of that, you flip them both over and you have Side 3 on the bottom and Side 4 on top. So in this set, Record 1 had Side 1 and Side 4 and Record 2 had Sides 2 and 3.

But there is a continuity error on the album cover on my vinyl copy of Live: Take No Prisoners. The back of the record says Side 3 has the songs "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Leave Me Alone," and Side 4 has "Coney Island Baby" and "Street Hassle". But that's backwards. The songs on Side 3 of the actual vinyl are "Coney Island Baby" and "Street Hassle" and the last two songs, on Side 4, are "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Leave Me Alone."

The inner sleeves are cool because they have clippings of articles about Lou Reed on them.

-- 2005 (DDT)

Live: Take No Prisoners Original Vinyl Tracks

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Side 1:

  1. Sweet Jane
  2. I Wanna Be Black
  3. Satellite of Love

Side 2:

  1. Pale Blue Eyes
  2. Berlin
  3. I'm Waiting for the Man

Side 3:

  1. Coney Island Baby
  2. Street Hassle

Side 4:

  1. Walk on the Wild Side
  2. Leave Me Alone

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