The Bells (Lou Reed album)
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|Studio||Delta Studios, Wilster, West Germany|
|Lou Reed chronology|
|Singles from The Bells|
The Bells is the ninth solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in April 1979 by Arista Records. It is recorded in binaural sound. Several songs on the album are the product of a short-lived writing partnership between Reed and Nils Lofgren. Other of the team's work appeared on Nils' eponymous album of the same year.
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In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, music critic Lester Bangs wrote, "With The Bells, more than in Street Hassle, perhaps even more than in his work with the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed achieves his oft-stated ambition—to become a great writer, in the literary sense." Village Voice critic Robert Christgau said:
"Lou is as sarcastic as ever—the lead cut is called 'Stupid Man,' and in a typically acid rhyme he links 'capricious' and 'death wish.' But due in part to the music's jazzy edge and warmly traditional rock and roll base (special thanks to Marty Fogel on saxophone) he also sounds ... well-rounded, more than on Street Hassle. The jokes seem generous, the bitterness empathetic, the pain out front, the tenderness more than a fleeting mood. And the cuts that don't work—there are at least three or four—seem like thoughtful experiments, or simple failures, rather than throwaways. I haven't found him so likable since The Velvet Underground."
In a less enthusiastic retrospective review, Select magazine wrote that "The Bells saw his music disappearing down the pan ... Even self-parody is barely achieved in these half-assed songs played by a bunch of dullards, with Lou sounding painfully uninspired."
|1.||"Stupid Man"||Reed, Nils Lofgren||2:33|
|2.||"Disco Mystic"||Reed, Ellard Boles, Marty Fogel, Michael Fonfara, Michael Suchorsky||4:30|
|3.||"I Want to Boogie with You"||Reed, Michael Fonfara||3:55|
|4.||"With You"||Reed, Nils Lofgren||2:21|
|5.||"Looking for Love"||Reed||3:29|
|6.||"City Lights"||Reed, Nils Lofgren||3:22|
|7.||"All Through the Night"||Reed, Don Cherry||5:00|
|8.||"Families"||Reed, Ellard Boles||6:09|
|9.||"The Bells"||Reed, Marty Fogel||9:17|
- Lou Reed - vocals, electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, bass synthesizer on "Families", backup vocals
- Ellard "Moose" Boles - bass guitar, bass synthesizer, 12-string electric guitar on "Families", backup vocals
- Don Cherry - African hunting guitar, trumpet
- Marty Fogel - ocarina, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, Fender Rhodes on "The Bells"
- Michael Fonfara - piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, backup vocals, Executive Producer
- Michael Suchorsky - percussion
Horn arrangements: Marty Fogel and Lou Reed, except for "With You,” horn arrangement by Marty Fogel and Don Cherry.
- René Tinner - engineer
- Manfred Schunke - mixing
- Ted Jensen - mastering
- Garry Gross - photography
- Donn Davenport, Howard Fritzson - design and art direction
- Deming, Mark. The Bells at AllMusic
- Kot, Greg (January 12, 1992). "Lou Reed's Recordings: 25 Years Of Path-breaking Music". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- Christgau, Robert (December 31, 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- Bangs, Lester (June 14, 1979). "The Bells". Rolling Stone. New York. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- Select, November 1992
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