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Lou Reed. What's Good. Power and Glory. Sword of Damocles. Goodby Mass. I really locked into his rhythm guitar playing, and it was basically like a trio in the beginning. On Magic and Loss he co-wrote five of the songs with Reed and shared the producer credits with him.
The Casio guitar is featured heavily on Sword of Damocles , a song about the unsuccessful chemotherapy treatment Doc Pomus had to go through:. Bassist Rob Wasserman first collaborated with Lou Reed when he invited him to sing on his Duos album in They give a unique performance of One For My Baby and one more for the road on that album.
That led to Wasserman joining Reed for the New York album and subsequent tours. On Magic and Loss Wasserman plays a Clevinger 6-string electric upright bass, a hybrid between a fretless and upright bass. Unlike the two other musicians accompanying Lou Reed on Magic and Loss, Michael Blair was a new addition, and a wonderful one at that. Blair is a master percussionist who plays a wide variety of drums and percussion instruments, and he added tasteful colors to some of the best songs recorded in the s and s.
Luckily a few videos exist showing the band that recorded the album performing live versions of the album songs. Three songs on the album sound like posthumous meditations that Lou Reed wrote as if he is conversing with his now dead friends during three stages of their death. The sparse arrangements on these songs are an exercise of musical restraint that balance the deep emotional content portrayed in them. Magic and Loss was released on January 14, Oh well.
My favorite song on the album is Magician , one of the most chilling songs I know. I had some friends who told me about some things and I was thinking about all that. I recommend listening to the whole album from start to finish.
It is a painful listening experience, and while some listeners may find it too depressing, I see in it a healing quality. I think of it as a really positive album, because the loss is transformed magically into something else. If you enjoyed reading this article, you may also like this about a personal tragedy that led to a triumphant album:. Categories: Album. Tagged as: 90s , rock. Great review of magic and loss. Gave me alot of insight into what what went into making this album.
This album made a big impression on me. I remember repeatedly listening to it whilst making my why through the game world. The two seemed to fuse perfectly well. Listening to it in there are a few problems with it such as the condensed processed sound particularly the percussion.
I felt he would have been better off addressing this then retreading Berlin. No such problems with the star road…. Sonically, melodically and the lyrics are meditative and majestic. What great information. To say it was an incredible show is a vast understatement. Retrieved September 3, In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian eds.
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