Ellard James Boles

Of all Lou Reed’s remarkable ensembles, the one group that garners the least attention yet deserves accolades aplenty was anchored by bassist, vocalist, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist Ellard James Boles. Commencing with Take No Prisoners in 1978, a swinging live set wherein Lou’s stream of conscious jocularity replaces his habitual street hassled libretto, Boles grooves heartily akin to a big band bassist.


Lou also benefits from the mighty Moose’s soulful disposition on The Bells (1979) and Growing Up in Public (1980).