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Street Hassle

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1. Gimme Some Good Times

2. Dirt

3. Street Hassle

4. I Wanna Be Black

5. Real Good Time Together

6. Shooting Star

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Lou Reed (vocals, guitar, piano, bass); Bruce Springsteen (spoken vocals); Stuart Heinrich (guitar, background vocals); Michael Fonfara (piano); Marty Fogel (saxophone); Steve Friedman (bass); Michael Suchorsky (drums); Aram Schefrin (string arrangement); Jo'Anna Kameron, Angela Howard, Christine Wiltshire, Genya Ravan (background vocals).
  • Engineers: Heiner Friesz, Manfred Schunke, Rod O'Brien.
  • Live tracks recorded in Munich, West Germany. Studio tracks recorded at the Record Plant, New York, New York.
  • Crossing the wrong side of the tracks, as most of Lou Reed's albums do, 1978's STREET HASSLE is the angrier, younger sibling to Reed's eloquent, mature NEW YORK, released over a decade later. The centerpiece of STREET HASSLE, the handsome, hypnotic and brutal title track evolves in three "symphonic" movements, and is a powerful, theatrical precursor to Reed's work with John Cale on SONGS FOR DRELLA and director Robert Wilson on the operatic TIME ROCKER. Bruce Springsteen makes an uncredited spoken-word appearance in the last movement of the piece, "Slipaway," and there's even a touch of E-Street-type brassy groove on "Wait."
  • An album teeming with the lyrical hell of drug addicts and desperate misfits, STREET HASSLE does possess elements of Reed's pitch-black humor. "Gimme Some Good Times" playfully samples "Sweet Jane," and Reed sings the strangely sunny words of "Real Good Time Together" against a morbid wash of distorted guitar effects and vocals. A mix of New York studio recordings and fine live performances recorded in West Germany, STREET HASSLE is a curious and compelling coda to Reed's tumultuous and ever-changing '70s work.
Professional Reviews
The Wire (6/00, p.38) - "...His sometimes desperate sifting of New york's musical options for elements that might reanimate his songs has produced some fascinating hybrids....the 11 minute title track is a chamber pop masterpiece concieved in 3 distinct movements..."
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