Lou Reed - Spanish Fly DVD Review
by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
Lou Reed is an enigma, a true rock poet
with a cause. He has weathered the storms of stardom-all the drugs, the
vicissitudes in relationships with men and women-the virtual gamut of rock
celebrity and all that goes with it has been his stage for life. I really
admire the man for his accomplishments and contributions to music and our
culture as a whole.
Now 63, the dude still can rock. I read
an interview with him in Mojo magazine from the UK and was he ever tough
on the poor interviewer that was the recipient of his brutal honesty and
cynicism. He still maintains that NYC edge and attitude, that is probably
why he still has that vital energy, that intrinsic flow of creativity that
never seems to subside after all these years.
Spanish Fly-Live In Spain is an
excellent portrayal of Lou on stage doing his thing. What a guitar player
this man is, I tend to think of him as a singer then the sideman over the
years like Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner that tore it up on classic albums
like Rock n Roll Animal as his guitar players. You do not have to
tell me, I have not forgotten his stellar Velvet Underground days; he played
very well back then too. His abilities on the guitar are just as prominent
as his gift for writing a song and singing it. When he cuts loose on "Romeo
Had Juliette" it makes you realize just what an exceptional all around
music man he is.
It is interesting how quickly this DVD
is over, the time span on each track is like that of an album not a concert
performance, so that is a little disappointing, and there are no interviews.
I look forward to long stretches in songs in live performances and all
of the bonus features that have become the standard for DVD presentations.
I am not going to bitch about what this does not have though because this
was a great performance by Reed and his ensemble and I enjoyed it immeasurably.
It was easy to forget about all the other goodies I am accustomed to getting
with a DVD, this is Lou Reed, a musical treasure for the ages, a true icon
of rock music, watching him perform shows why he has maintained that lofty
status for so long.
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
is a veteran syndicated music critic, his reviews appear in over 35 publications
world-wide. To read more of Keiths work visit muzikreviews.com
DVD Info and Links
Lou Reed - Spanish Fly DVD
01. Modern Dance (5:24)
02. Why Do You Talk (4:55)
03. Venus In Furs (8:40)
04. Sweet Jane (4:14)
05. Jesus (3:33)
06. Romeo Had Juliette (10:47)
07. Satellite Of Love (6:42)
08. Ecstasy (8:27)
09. The Blue Mask (8:16)
10. Perfect Day (5:00)
11. Walk On The Wild Side (3:26)
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