Ellard James Boles

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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.

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

Photo by Mick Rock

Photo by Mick Rock

As I was witness on numerous occasions, this band delivered on record and on stage despite the fact that Lou was at a commercial ebb - which eventually righted itself when artists of Reed’s stature were afforded legacy status in the mid-1980s as CD reissues came into vogue. If you missed it the first time around, discover Lou’s slabs with Moose Boles.

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Photo by Mick Rock