One of the first couple dozen records I owned was Lou Reed's "Berlin." Bought it in the record section of a department store. Listening to "Berlin" always puts a smile on my face. It is a lively little recording.
When I was up at the shopping mall yesterday I picked up the dvd and the cd of Reed's recent performance of the entire album in some fucking church in New York. His crack band, which is probably better than any band you have heard for years, is backed by a choir, horn section and strings. If Reed could have put a show like this together when he was younger there would have been live sex and violence on the stage too. 5 motherfucking stars. Go fucking buy it. Now.