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Berlin (1973)

Lou Reed
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Gothic rock, Art rock, Rock music

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Berlin is a 1973 album by Lou Reed, his third solo album and the follow-up to Transformer. In 2003, the album was ranked number 344 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, though the publication had called the album a "disaster" 30 years prior.
The album is a tragic rock opera about a doomed couple, and addresses themes of drug use and depression.
Musically, Berlin differs greatly from the bulk of Reed's work, due to the use of heavy orchestral arrangements, horns, and top session musicians. Instrumentally, Reed himself only contributes acoustic guitar.
"The Kids" tells of Caroline having her children taken from her by the authorities, and features the sounds of children shouting for their mother. UK group The Waterboys takes its name from a line in this song.
As with Reed's previous two studio albums, Berlin re-drafts several songs that had been written and recorded previously. The title track first appeared on Reed's solo debut album, only here it is lyrically simplified, the key changed, and re-arranged for piano. "Oh, Jim" makes use of the Velvet Underground outtake, "Oh, Gin". "Caroline Says (II)" is a rewrite of "Stephanie Says" from VU. The

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Tracks

3:39 Lady Day
3:57 Caroline Says I
5:12 Oh, Jim
5:51 The Bed
6:59 Sad Song
3:42 How Do You Think It Feels
4:37 Men of Good Fortune
7:53 The Kids
3:21 Berlin
4:16 Caroline Says II
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