Lou Reed Revisits 'Coney Island'
The 30th anniversary of Lou Reed's 1976 album "Coney Island Baby" will be celebrated with a deluxe edition of the set, due Aug. 15 via RCA/Legacy.The 30th anniversary of Lou Reed's 1976 album "Coney Island Baby" will be celebrated with a deluxe edition of the set, due Aug. 15 via RCA/Legacy. The album was originally released on the heels of the infamous "Metal Machine Music," which consisted of nothing but amplified noise and feedback.
“’Metal Machine Music’ had an unusually high number of returns and was taken off the market in three weeks,” Reed writes in the new liner notes. “I had no money and no guitars. The roadies had taken them when they hadn't been paid. I was in debt to everyone including the musicians union. RCA put me up in a hotel while the future fell, to be decided.”
What Reed wound up with was an album full of “basic fun rock and, in a few cases, even humor," Billboard wrote in a Jan. 24, 1976, review.
"Coney Island Baby" will be expanded with several rarities from the era, including the B-side "Nowhere at All," "Downtown Dirt" and "Leave Me Alone," the latter two of which were first released on the 1992 Reed boxed set "Between Thought and Expression."
Of most interest to devotees will be versions of "Crazy Feeling," "She's My Best Friend" and "Coney Island Baby" recorded with Reed's former Velvet Underground colleague Doug Yule in January 1975 during rehearsals for "Coney Island Baby." These tracks have never been previously released.
Reed recently completed a European tour; the lone upcoming date on his schedule is a Sept. 15 show at Telluride's Blues & Brews festival.