Friday, February 09, 2007

The Bells (1979)

"Families" What to make of this? "Disco Mystic" is stirring and hilarious. "Stupid Man" and particularly "Families" are real and surprisingly painful. Don Cherry sits in for the 99 bottles of beer on the wall-of-sound title song. I have never even been able to conceive a reason for, let alone the meaning of, that title. Bells? The bells? What bells? What in hell's bells? Don't tell me this has something to do with Dante. So relegate it as you will, and caveats like mushrooms everywhere in the forest. To me, this is a logical enough progression from Street Hassle into willfully experimental trappings as the price to pay for the privilege of an ongoing exploration of place -- that is, New York City. Because that's about all it's ever about much with Lou Reed. Heck, "City Lights" even attempts to connect across the Charlie Chaplin divides (never mind that city is Los Angeles). Lots of good moments among the intriguing failures.

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  1. Great post. You it would have the "American Poet" album and the "Take Prisioners" Lou Reed live?


  2. Thanks so much for this. I hate to be a bother, but it's missing track 9. Could you re-up?

  3. Oops, my goof. Track 9, "The Bells," is not on my hard drive at this time. I will re-up when I can and notify all at that time. My apologies.

  4. For anyone still paying attention, I have finally updated this one. Album is complete and now @ 256. Thanks for your patience.