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Album: The Bells
# Song Title   Time
1)    Stupid Man
2)    Disco Mystic
3)    I Want to Boogie With You
4)    With You
5)    Looking for Love
6)    City Lights
7)    All Through the Night
8)    Families
9)    Bells, The
 

Album: The Bells
# Song Title   Time
1)    Stupid Man
2)    Disco Mystic
3)    I Want to Boogie With You
4)    With You
5)    Looking for Love
6)    City Lights
7)    All Through the Night
8)    Families
9)    Bells, The
 
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Tracks

1. Stupid Man

2. Disco Mystic

3. I Want To Boogie With You

4. With You

5. Looking For Love

6. City Lights

7. All Through The Night

8. Families

9. The Bells

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Lou Reed (vocals, electric guitar, synthesizer, bass); Ellard Bolles (12-string electric guitar, synthesizer, bass, background vocals); Don Cherry (African hunting guitar, trumpet); Marty Fogel (ocarina, soprano & tenor saxophones, Fender Rhodes piano); Michael Fonfara (electric & Fender Rhodes pianos, keyboards, Orberheim synthesizer, background vocals); Michael Suchorsky (percussion).
  • Producer: Lou Reed.
  • Reissue producer: Rob Santos.
  • Recorded at Delta Studios, Wilster, West Germany. Originally released on Arista (4229). Includes liner notes by Timothy & Karin Greenfield-Sanders.
  • Digtially remastered by Elliott Federman (SAJE Sound, New York, New York).
  • Personnel: Lou Reed (vocals, guitar, keyboards, guitar synthesizer); Ellard Bowles (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Michael Fonfara (vocals, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Ellard Boles (vocals); Marty Fogel (ocarina, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, Fender Rhodes piano); Don Cherry (trumpet); Michael Suchorsky (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixers: Rene Tinner; Lou Reed; Manfred Schunke.
  • Liner Note Author: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
  • Recording information: Delta Studio, Wilster, Germany.
  • Photographer: Gary Gross.
  • Intriguing even by Reed's own standards, THE BELLS is an experimental album, recorded in so-called binaural sound, a process which he became enamored with in the late '70s. Theoretically, it was supposed to simulate a 360 degree soundfield, although Reed himself has since admitted it didn't work.
  • Reed's usually plainspoken vocals are somewhat affected here, and the overall sound--courtesy of Marty Fogel's overdubbed saxophone section--verges on early '70s glam rock. Lyrically, the songs range from the meaningless "Disco Mystic" (it consists of the repetition of just those two words over a four minute instrumental), to more typical Reed dissertations about walks on the wild side, the most chilling of which "All Through the Night," is sung against a backdrop of cocktail party chatter. Also noteworthy are "City Lights," one of Reed's first overtly political songs and the title track.
Professional Reviews
The Wire (6/00, p.38) - "...Reed's somewhat quixotic quest to make supermarket disco boogie resonate with emotions that are plainly not there....skillfully rendering a mood a utter desolation..."
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