Lou Reed - Transformer
Lou Reed - Transformer
Lou Reed - Transformer
Lou Reed - Transformer

Lou Reed - Transformer

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Lou Reed – lead vocals; rhythm guitar

David Bowie – backing vocals; keyboards; acoustic guitar on "Wagon Wheel" and "Walk on the Wild Side" [click here to see more vinyl featuring David Bowie]

Mick Ronson – lead guitar; piano; recorder; string arrangements

Herbie Flowers – bass guitar; double bass; tuba on "Goodnight Ladies" and "Make Up"

John Halsey – drums

Trevor Bolder – trumpet

Ronnie Ross – soprano saxophone on "Goodnight Ladies"; baritone saxophone on "Walk on the Wild Side"

Thunderthighs – backing vocals

Barry DeSouza – drums

Ritchie Dharma – drums

Klaus Voormann – bass guitar on "Perfect Day", "Goodnight Ladies", "Satellite of Love" and "Make Up"

Written by Lou Reed


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’


Record Press : Pallas GmbH in Germany

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : RCA

Recorded at Trident, London in 1972 by Arun Chakranerty

Mixed at Trident Studios, London, England by Mike Stone, David Bowie, Lou Reed

Mastered by Arun Chakranerty

Produced by Mick Ronson and David Bowie

Originally released in 1972

Reissued in 2020



Side A :

  1. Vicious
  2. Andy's Chest
  3. Perfect Day
  4. Hangin' 'Round
  5. Walk on the Wild Side

Side B :

  1. Make Up
  2. Satellite of Love
  3. Wagon Wheel
  4. New York Telephone Conversation
  5. I'm So Free
  6. Goodnight Ladies


Award :

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 109/500

1000 Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die - Ranked 251


Reviews :

« David Bowie has never been shy about acknowledging his influences, and since the boho decadence and sexual ambiguity of the Velvet Underground's music had a major impact on Bowie's work, it was only fitting that as Ziggy Stardust mania was reaching its peak, Bowie would offer Lou Reed some much needed help with his career, which was stuck in neutral after 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. Ronson adds some guitar raunch to "Vicious" and "Hangin' Round" that's a lot flashier than what Reed cranked out with the Velvets, but still honors Lou's strengths in guitar-driven hard rock, while the imaginative arrangements Ronson cooked up for "Perfect Day," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "Goodnight Ladies" blend pop polish with musical thinking just as distinctive as Reed's lyrical conceits. And while Reed occasionally overplays his hand in writing stuff he figured the glam kids wanted ("Make Up" and "I'm So Free" being the most obvious examples), "Perfect Day," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "New York Telephone Conversation" proved he could still write about the demimonde with both perception and respect. The sound and style of Transformer would in many ways define Reed's career in the 1970s, and while it led him into a style that proved to be a dead end, you can't deny that Bowie and Ronson gave their hero a new lease on life -- and a solid album in the bargain. » AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

"David Bowie counted the former Velvet Underground leader as a major inspiration — and paid back the debt by producing Transformer. The album had glam flash courtesy of Ziggy Stardust guitarist Mick Ronson as well as Reed's biggest hit, "Walk on the Wild Side" which brought drag queens and hustlers into the Top Twenty and the exquisite ballad "Perfect Day." It was Reed's first producer, VU impresario Andy Warhol, who inspired the lead cut when he suggested "Vicious" as a song title. "You know, like, 'Vicious/You hit me with a flower,' " Warhol elaborated. Reed took him at his word, penning the song and cribbing the lines verbatim." - www.rollingstone.com


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.51 / 5  ,  Rate Your Music : 3.98 / 5

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