Lou Reed does it again and imposes himself with a 2nd solo album

After a first solo adventure which was not memorable, Lou Reed will repeat successfully five months later with the album Transform. An opus which celebrates its 50th anniversary and on which we find Walk on the Wild Side, Satellite of Love and the title Perfect Day who will experience a second life, 24 years later, with his presence in the cult feature film Trainspotting.

Launched November 8, 1972, Transform is the most successful solo album for the former member of the legendary Velvet Underground.

This short album of 11 songs, totaling 36 minutes, reached number 6 on the charts in the Netherlands, number 12e place in Canada and Australia, the 13e in the UK and the 29e in the USA.

Success Walk on the Wild Sidewhich describes the New York fauna of the time, will climb to 10e position in the UK and in 16e place on the magazine’s Hot 100 chart Billboard. It will be his only song to crack the top-25.

With David Bowie

For his second solo album, Lou Reed teamed up to produce with David Bowie and his guitarist Mick Ronson. Transform was recorded in London in late summer 1972.

The RCA record label had introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed. The Thin White Duke was on the start of a roll with the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

A fan of the Velvet Underground, he was offered to produce the new album by Lou Reed, who had left the legendary formation in 1970 following disagreements with John Cale.

“I was petrified at the idea that he accepted and that he wanted to work with me. I had a lot of ideas and I was intimidated by everything he had already accomplished, ”said David Bowie, in an interview published in the magazine Classic Albums.

The infamous New York

Transform tells a series of stories rooted in the seedy streets of New York.

Walk on the Wild Side addresses, through various characters, sexual orientation, gender identity, drugs and prostitution. The song alludes to various characters that gravitated around artist Andy Warhol’s studio where the Velvet Underground performed. We find Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, Joe Dallesandro, Jackie Curtis and Joe Campbell.

“I was writing about people I knew and where I was from,” Lou Reed told Classic Albums.

Major album of the “glam-rock” movement, Transform meet at 109e rank of the magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time RollingStone. Walk on the Wild Side can be found at 223e rank of the greatest songs of all time according to the American magazine.

Lou Reed died on October 27, 2013 at the age of 71.


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