Lou Reed “Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#276 in the Series) is Lou Reed, Rock and Roll Animal.

For those of you that did not know or are a new visitor, we feature a ‘live’ album every Saturday.

This live project from Lou Reed was released in 1974.  Five songs here, that’s it, five.  Five influential songs? You bet.

Lou Reed had broken up his band, The Velvet Underground, four years before this. I know, they did some things with a new vocalist (Doug Yule) but come on, if you want to recognize that as part of the band’s career then knock yourself out.

This album went a long way to giving life to some of Velvet Underground’s classic songs. Four of the five songs (representing 36 of the 40 minutes) were Velvet Underground tunes.  ‘Lady Day’ was the only song that was from his solo career.

I was able to find some decent recordings of most of the album. You can check them out on the playlist below.

Lou Reed also released Lou Reed Live in 1975. Those tracks were taken from the same concert as this. They were both recorded December 21st, 1973.  Lou Reed Live was more of a representation of his solo career and featured his hit ‘Walk on the Wild Side.’

There was also a rerelease of Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal in 2003. It added two additional tracks and 8 minutes to the time length.

Track listing

All songs written by Lou Reed unless otherwise indicated.

  1. “Intro/Sweet Jane” (Steve Hunter, Reed) – 7:55
  2. “Heroin” – 13:05
  3. “White Light/White Heat” – 5:15
  4. “Lady Day” – 4:00
  5. “Rock ‘n’ Roll” – 10:17

Remastered version (2000)

  1. “Intro/Sweet Jane” (Hunter, Reed) – 7:48
  2. “Heroin” – 13:12
  3. “How Do You Think It Feels” – 3:41
  4. “Caroline Says I” – 4:06
  5. “White Light/White Heat” – 4:55
  6. “Lady Day” – 4:05
  7. “Rock ‘n’ Roll” – 10:21


  • Lou Reed – vocals
  • Pentti Glan – drums, percussion
  • Steve Hunter – guitars
  • Prakash John – bass, vocals
  • Dick Wagner – guitar, vocal
  • Ray Colcord – keyboards

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Posted by Larry Carta

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