Lou Reed is the debut solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in April 1972 by RCA Records, two years after he left the Velvet Underground.
Transformer (LP, Album, Card, Dyn). Transformer (Cass, Album, RE, Tra). Transformer (CD, Album, RE).
his first solo album came and went. Musically, Reed's work didn't have too much in common with the sonic bombast of the glam scene, but at least it was a place where his eccentricities could find a comfortable home, and on Transformer Bowie and his right-hand man, Mick Ronson, crafted a new sound for Reed that was better fitting (and more commercially astute) than the ambivalent tone. of his first solo album.
Transformer is the second solo studio album by American recording artist Lou Reed. The album is considered an influential landmark of the glam rock genre, anchored by Reed's most successful single, "Walk on the Wild Side", which touched on controversial topics of sexual orientation and drugs. Produced by David Bowie and arranged by Mick Ronson, the album was released in November 1972 by RCA Records.
With Transformer, Lou Reed got VU fan and influential glam rock artist David Bowie and Spiders From Mars guitarist Mick Ronson to produce and backup sing on the album. With classics like Walk On The Wild Side, Perfect Day, Vicious, and Satellite of Love, lots of people consider this to be Lou’s finest work and many (including Rolling Stone) have cited this as one of the greatest albums of all time. Lou Reed would later create classic albums such as Berlin, Street Hassle, New York, Coney Island Baby, Rock and Roll Animal, and Blue Mask. Transformer Q&A.
Transformer also found Reed digging into his days with the Velvet Underground, as per his first solo album. In comparison, it's not hard to enjoy the animated nature of the Velvets tracks but some of the shine is lost from Reed's solo versions.
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|A5||Walk On The Wild Side||4:12|
|B2||Satellite Of Love||3:40|
|B4||New York Telephone Conversation||1:31|
|B5||I'm So Free||3:07|
Arranged By, Performer [Played By] – Herbie Flowers
- Record Company – BMG Ariola S.A.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
- Copyright (c) – RCA Records
- Published By – Oakfield Avenue Music
- Manufactured By – Iberofon, S.A.
- Printed By – Indugraf Madrid, S.A.
- Distributed By – BMG Ariola S.A.
- Arranged By [Song] – David Bowie, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson
- Arranged By [String & Bass] – Mick Ronson
- Art Direction, Design – Ernst Thormahlen*
- Backing Vocals – David Bowie, Mick Ronson, The Thunder Thighs*
- Baritone Saxophone – Ronnie Ross
- Bass – Herbie Flowers, Klaus Voorman*
- Double Bass [String Bass] – Herbie Flowers
- Drums – Barry Desouza*, John Halzey*, Ritchie Dharma
- Guitar – Lou Reed, Mick Ronson
- Mastered By [Tape] – Arun Chakranerty*
- Mixed By – David Bowie, Ken Scott, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson, Mike Stone
- Photography By [Black & White] – Mick Rock
- Photography By [Color] – Karl Stoeker*
- Piano, Recorder – Mick Ronson
- Producer – David Bowie, Mick Ronson
- Tuba – Herbie Flowers
- Written-By – Lou Reed
Notes℗ & © 1989 RCA Records
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, hand-etched): NL-13.806- A 1N³-DM
- Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, hand-etched): NL- 13.806- B 1N³- DM
- Depósito Legal: M-9653-1973
- Other: DMM
- Price Code (Circled): K
- Rights Society (Boxed): BIEM
- Rights Society (Boxed): SGAE
|LSP-4807||Lou Reed||Transformer (LP, Album, Hol)||RCA Victor||LSP-4807||US||1972|
|LSP-4807||Lou Reed||Transformer (LP, Album, Card, Dyn)||RCA Victor||LSP-4807||Canada||1972|
|64084-2||Lou Reed||Transformer (CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Dig)||BMG||64084-2||Taiwan||2004|
|07863 65132 2||Lou Reed||Transformer (CD, Album, RE, RM)||RCA, BMG Heritage||07863 65132 2||US||2002|
|NK 83806||Lou Reed||Transformer (Cass, Album, RE, Tra)||RCA International||NK 83806||UK & Europe||1981|