Lou Reed

Wild Child [Pair/RCA]

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Now, this is a weird one. Wild Child is, at heart, a resequencing of Reed's first solo album (nine of the original's ten tracks), with three cuts from Transformer and, for no logical reason whatsoever, one from the makeweight Lou Reed Live set to complete the show.

Lou Reed itself is an intensely overlooked and underrated album, its purity and prettiness a definite byproduct of the uncertainty that Reed himself was feeling as he embarked upon his solo career. As such, it needs to be heard in its own right, isolated from the satin and tat of its Bowie-produced successor and certainly from the Sturm und Drang death rattle of the 1973 live shows. Wild Child, in seeking to disrupt that sense, stands as nothing more than another misbegotten collection within a catalog that was already overflowing with such things. Great songs, though.

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