• LOU REED: THE BLUE MASK: 1982: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: I’ve been pretty busy the past couple days and in a slump as far as being able to sit down and listen to music. Since the weekend I’ve been back to listening to some from my vinyl collection. “The Blue Mask” was the first Lou Reed solo album I owned { I had the Velvet Underground albums and loved them} and I was immediately taken with The Blue Mask- and then dug deeper into the Lou Reed catalog. My favorite Lou is “New York” but this one has to be in my top 4. Lou was approaching forty and the album shows Lou in a settling down mood. He had married in 1980 and his new wife Sylvia was mentioned or referred to in several of these songs. My favorite song on the album is the opener “My House” a tribute to a mentor poet and writer Delmore Schwartz. Throughout the album guitarist Robert Quine’s work is a highlight. Lou Reed is one of those artists that I have a lot of admiration for- but I would never have cared to have met him.


  • MARSHALL CRENSHAW: MARSHALL CRENSHAW: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: This is an album that has been in my rotation since it came out 36 years ago. Crenshaw’s sparkling debut album. To my ears every song is outstanding- and the best song on the album and my favorite Crenshaw song ever was one that was originally a b-side and only added to the album when it was re-released decades later “You’re My Favorite Waste of Time.” One of the greatest debut albums ever- “Someday, Someway” managed to crack the Top 40 peaking at 36 but to me the album is full of hits. “Someday, Someway” is the only Top 100 single of Crenshaw’s career. Had he come along 10-15 years earlier….  Power pop at its best. The longest song on the album comes in at 3:10. Highly recommended.


  1. So many albums Lou Reed made are not very popular and unless you have paid attention to whats coming out, most people probably missed them and it is such a sad thing!! Lou Reed made such amazing albums, the Blue Mask being one of them but also Set the Twilight Reeling and the Bells…New York got more popular but if you really and I mean rREALLY delve into the world of Lou Reed…. You are in for such a trip!!! Thanks for sharing!! Funny I just wrote a review about Up-Tight/The Velvet Underground Story by Victor Bockris and Gerard Malanga. Well, maybe not so suprising since I,m constantly writing stuff about one or the other ex VU members and I am a huge fan of Warhol as well as the Beats… Anyways..Keep up the good work!! Loved reading your review. Such a sad thing Lou Reed is gone. Peace Out from Montreal!

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