Lou Reed / Sally Can't Dance

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“Sit yourself down, take off your pants, don’t you know this is a party?”

Ye gods, when Lou retained most of his Rock and Roll Animal band for his fourth studio slab in ‘74, surely a sonic assault was in the making! Nope. Reed’s courtly cohorts turned in a rather slick performance that was as jaded as their bandleader’s disposition at the time. Of course, it went Billboard Top 10! For us Lou fans, that was reward enough. Dig Prakash John percolating in the pocket – which was a far cry from his expanded harmonic forays on Lou’s spectacular concert sides – Rock and Roll Animal (1973) and the remainder of that historic Academy of Music gig as compiled on Lou Reed Live (1975).

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