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Lou Reed

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The Bells

 

    Everybody always talks about the poor homeless orphan waifs, but what about the homeless fathers? The time has come to call the fathers home from the stale curbstone shores. Sometimes they're bad and Take No Prisoners. But who then do they finally hurt but themselves? And when they give of themselves, they reaffirm what great art has always been: an act of love toward the whole human race. Then it becomes time to give at least a little love back.

Lou Reed is a prick and a jerkoff who regularly commits the ultimate sin of treating his... Read More

audience with contempt. He's also a person with deep compassion for a great many other people about whom almost nobody else gives a shit. I won't say who they are, because I don't want to get too schmaltzy, except to emphasize that there's always been more to this than drugs and fashionable kinks, and to point out that suffering, loneliness and psychic/spiritual exile are great levelers.

The Bells isn't merely Lou Reed's best solo LP, it's great art. Everybody made a fuss over Street Hassle, but too many reviewers overlooked the fact that it was basically a sound album: brilliant layers of live and studio work in a deep wash of bass-obsessive noise. Most of the songs were old, and not very good, with a lot of the same old cheap shots.

The first indication that we've got something very different here is the no-bullshit cover art; the second, a cursory listening to the lyrics. Immediately, one notes the absence of mirror shades, needles and S&M. Lou Reed is walking naked for once, in a way that invites comparison with people like Charles Mingus, the Van Morrison of "T.B. Sheets" and Astral Weeks, and the Rolling Stones of Exile on Main Street. The Bells is by turns exhilarating ("Disco Mystic," an exercise in churning R&B that should be a hit single, if there's any justice), almost unbearably poignant (all of the lyrics) and as vertiginous as a slow, dark whirlpool (the title opus).

Throughout, the sound is dense, as dense as Street Hassle with at least double the content. When Reed began to move toward jazz on Rock and Roll Heart, I just figured he was going to close his career with the same shuck that people like Stanley Clarke used to open theirs. I underestimated him. There's a real band on this record, and these musicians are giving us the only true jazz-rock fusion anybody's come up with since Miles Davis' On the Corner period. They're often doing several interesting, unusual things at once: on cuts such as "Stupid Man" and "Looking for Love," they swing with a vengeance. "City Lights" teems with little whistles, bells and noises that buzz around each other like sad fireflies. And all through the LP, Reed plays the best guitar anyone's heard from him in ages.

As for the lyrics—well, people tend to forget that in numbers like "Candy Says," "Sunday Morning" and "Oh! Sweet Nothing," Lou Reed wrote some of





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CD
  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  LOU REED   The Bells
  CD   Action
United Kingdom
  $6.80     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Japanese Mini Lp Cd Edition Japan, Bmg, 2006
  CD   VERY GOOD RockCDLP
United States
  $10.00     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
New Remastered Edition,with Original Artwork,additional Photographs And New Liner Notes recorded...
  CD   NEW Mantis Music
United States
  $14.98     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
New Unplayed - Stock Shop Since 1968 mint (m) Arista, 262 918
  CD   MINT (M) CDKing24
Spain
  $17.88     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells (japan Import)
Arista 1992 Made In Japan Without Obi! Booklet Printed In Japanese & English! Near Mint! ...
  CD   NM NOWHEARTHIS!
United States
  $21.00     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Uk
  CD   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $29.00     Details
  Lou Reed   Bells
Mini Lp Sleeve, Japanese Pressing, Promo Sample, 2006, Bvcm-37748, remastered, 9-tracks, New(se...
  CD   NEW(SEALED, OBI) Maggie Mae
Japan
  $35.93     Details
  LOU REED   Bells Ltd Ed Japan
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $90.45     Details
  reed lou   Bells =remastered=
275828 condition: New Copy/ Cd 26 6 2006 Ariol 996592 Condition: New Copy/ / Style: Roc Holland... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $15.06     Details
  reed lou   Bells (rmst) CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $27.49 - $41.31      Details
  reed lou   Bells (rmst)
Budd99659.2 label: Buddha New Copy/ Barcode: 744659965920 Releasedate: 05 16 2000 Styl... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $27.49     Details
  reed lou   Bells (rmst)
744659965920 cd Condition : New / - Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $41.31     Details
  REED,LOU   Bells -remastered-
  CD   MDRMUSIC
Spain
  $7.18     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
  CD   Alternativem
United States
  $6.99     Details
  REED,LOU   Bells (rmst)
May 16, 2000
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $11.98     Details
REED, LOU - Bells =remastered=   REED,LOU   Bells =remastered=
Holland, Ariola, 996592, 2006 Special Order
  CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
  $13.89     Details
Reed, Lou - The Bells   Reed,Lou   The Bells
Lou Reed The Bells (2000 German Original Masters 9-track Digitally Remastered Cd Issue Of The 19...
  CD   EX TO MINT eil / esprit
United Kingdom
  $15.10     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
Eu, Sony, 74465996592, 03/10/2000 Special Order
  CD   NEW/NEW Polish Music
Poland
  $16.28     Details
Bells =remastered= - Reed, Lou   Reed,Lou   Bells =remastered=
Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. 275828
  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
  $16.66     Details
REED, LOU - Bells =remastered= Album   REED,LOU   Bells =remastered=
Ariola, 996592, 6/26/2006
  CD   NEW importcd
Netherlands
  $16.56     Details
  Reed,Lou   Bells
Usually Shipped After 2 Business Days. Remastered. Number Of Media (discs, Tapes, Records…): 1.... Special Order
  CD   NEW/NEU! (SEALED) Total Recall
Germany
  $19.33     Details
  REED,LOU   Bells
Brand New, In-stock Cd. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Usa, Sony Mod, 99659,...
  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $22.93     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
Japan Promo 1992 Issue Cd With Obi - Sealed Bvca2016
  CD   SEALED/SEALED Tokyo Music
Japan
  $43.60     Details

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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Lou Reed   The Bells
9 Track Spanish Issue Vinyl Lp From 1979 On Arista,catalogue Number I-201.142.sleeve Is In Very G...
  LP   VG/VG Elvis Shakes
United Kingdom
  $8.38     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Ex+ Record (fine Light Minimal Hairlines) And A Ex Cover...with Innersleeve!!.....shipping : Germ...
  LP   VG+ / VG+ Gordon1970
Germany
  $9.67     Details
  LOU REED   The Bells
33t + Inner Sleeve. Import Sticker Obc. Disque Et Pochette En Tres Bon Etat. Fr, Arista, 2c 070 6...
  LP   VG+/VG+ DISCMANIA
France
  $11.05     Details
The Bells - Lou Reed   Lou Reed   The Bells
Us, Arista, Ab 4229, 1979
  LP   VG+ COVER / VG+ LP Bad Cat Reco
United States
  $12.00     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Uk Stereo Sleeve Vg With Inner Arista, Spart1093
  LP   EX- Sweet Memori
United Kingdom
  $13.90     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Vg+/vg+ Germany, Arista, 1c 064-62 630
  LP   VG/VG vakuum
Denmark
  $15.20     Details
Lou Reed - The Bells Album   Lou Reed   The Bells
Label: Arista, Published: 1979 Tiny Seam Split On Bottom, Ois Recorded And Mixed At Delta Stud...
  LP   EX / NM recordsale
Germany
  $16.09     Details
  LOU REED   The Bells
Inner
  LP   EX/NM Bside the Cs
United Kingdom
  $16.79     Details
LOU REED - The Bells Record   LOU REED   The Bells
Format:lp Spa, Arista, 1201142
  LP   EX JET SET
Japan
  $13.49     Details
  Lou Reed   Bells (1979)
  LP   EX Fun Records
Germany
  $19.51     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells LP   NEX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $21.16      Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Spart 1093 Arista
  LP   NEX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $21.16     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Spart 1093 Arista
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $21.16     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Spart 1093 Arista
  LP   NEX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $21.16     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Canada, Arista, Ab 4229
  LP   NEAR MINT Spectral Mus
Canada
  $25.00     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Italy, Arista, 1979
  LP   M-/M- astral dream
Italy
  $29.84     Details
  lou reed   The Bells LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $34.04      Details
  lou reed   The Bells
9 Track Aristra Records 1979 Pressed In Spian 1 201142 Ex Ex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $34.04     Details
  lou reed   The Bells
9 Track Aristra Records Spart 1093 With Inner Sleeve 1979 Ex Ex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $34.04     Details
  lou reed   Bells
9 Track With Inner Sleeve Arista Records Spart 1093 Ex Ex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $51.06     Details
  LOU REED   Bells, The
/n/a Usa, Arista, N/a
  LP   NM IntDj
United States
  $51.44     Details
  Lou Reed   The Bells
Arista Ab 4229,1979,sealed!,no Cutouts!,no Barcode,no Record Club vinyl Record Album
  LP   SS/SS Brothers
United States
  $117.00     Details
  reed lou   The Bells
18460 lp Vg++ /m- Cut Corner Promo Sticker On Cover Orig Slv Style: Rock 70 ... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $24.73     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
In Stock. Usually Shipped Within 24 Hours. Confirmation Email After Shipping. Number Of Media (di...
  LP   USED/GEBRAUCHT Total Recall
Germany
  $5.51     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells (ois)
In Stock. Usually Shipped Within 24 Hours. Confirmation Email After Shipping. Number Of Media (di...
  LP   USED/GEBRAUCHT Total Recall
Germany
  $6.20     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells LP   VG+/VG+ Timewarp
Australia
  $7.00 - $18.00      Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
* Ring Wear On Cover/ Tear On Cover/ Sticker Stain On Cover Au, Arista, Al4229, 79
  LP   VG+/VG+ Timewarp
Australia
  $7.00     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
* Ring Wear On Cover/ Tear On Cover Us, Arista, Ab4229, 79
  LP   VG+/EX Timewarp
Australia
  $18.00     Details
  Reed,lou   The Bells
4229
  LP   SS/CO Lawrence Rec
United States
  $9.72     Details
Reed, Lou - The Bells LP   Reed,Lou   The Bells
1979 Release Arista, Ab4229
  LP   LP:NM, CVR:VG+, PROMO STICKER ON FRONT COVER, CUT Recordsonthe
United States
  $9.95     Details
  Reed,Lou   Bells
Arista Ab 4229
  LP   NM / NM Musical Ener
United States
  $10.00     Details
  REED,LOU   Bells, The
1979-inner Sleeve Italy, Arista, Ars39019
  LP   EX/VG KARMA VINYL
Croatia
  $10.00     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
Cut Corner Arista Ab4229 / 1979
  LP   VG+ / NM Musical Ener
United States
  $10.00     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
Arista Spart 1093 With Inner, Sleeve Has Label Removal Damage To Front
  LP   VG+/EX+ VinylnetUK
United Kingdom
  $11.59     Details
Reed, Lou - The Bells CD   Reed,Lou   The Bells
Description: Format: Vinyl Lp Album. Arista Records, Usa Release From 1979. Solo Lp Release From ...
  LP   VG+, VG RecordsMerch
United Kingdom
  $12.00     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
Arista Ab4229+printed Inner Clipped Corn
  LP   VG+/EX Sounds Trave
United Kingdom
  $13.43     Details
  REED,Lou   The Bells
France, Arista 2c070-62630, 1979
  LP   VG/EXC Vinyl Record
France
  $15.00     Details
  Reed,lou   Bells
9 Tracks Ships In 24 Hours Canada, Arista, 4229, 1979
  LP   VG+/VG+ Oliver Sudde
Canada
  $16.10     Details
  Reed,lou   The Bells
Cover Only M- Record New Fra, Arista
  LP   M Velvet Vinyl
Germany
  $16.58     Details
  reed,lou   The Bells
Arista, Spart 1093, 79
  LP   NM Haggle Vinyl
United Kingdom
  $20.15     Details
  Reed,Lou   The Bells
Original 1979 Us Lp Is Sealed! \xe2\x80\xa6one Cut Corner Only, Beauty! Fast Shipping Too! Usa,...
  LP   SEALED Velvet Under
United States
  $20.52     Details
  REED,LOU   The Bells (1979 Original + Innet Sleeve)
Arista Ab 4229
  LP   Vintage Viny
United States
  $29.00     Details

LP+CDR

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  LOU REED   Bells LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $59.95 - $73.95      Details
  LOU REED   Bells
Lp + Cdr Copy: Cover Has A Cut Corner, Promo Sticker On Front, Has Original Inner Sleeve. Arista:... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $59.95     Details
  LOU REED   Bells
Lp + Cdr Copy: (1979) This Is An Excellent Lp That I Will Acquire Through My Network Of Record De... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $73.95     Details
  LOU REED   The Bells LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $64.95 - $72.95      Details
  LOU REED   The Bells
Lp + Cdr Copy: 1979 Release Arista:ab4229 This Is An Excellent Lp That I Will Acquire Through My ... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $64.95     Details
  LOU REED   The Bells
Lp + Cdr Copy: Au Arista:al4229 This Is An Excellent Lp That I Will Acquire Through My Network Of... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $72.95     Details
  LOU REED   Bells - Uk
Lp + Cdr Copy: Gb 1979 9 Track With Inner But Has Some Light Creasing On Sleeve (spart1093) Arist... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $68.95     Details

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