Reed, Lou / John Cale / Nico - Le Bataclan '72 CD + DVD (Mega Blowout Sale)

SKU 23-GSGZ 036
This has been a famous bootleg for three decades and now it is available in at least semi-legitimate form. This meeting of the main two composers of the Velvet Underground, along with the voice of their first album is like a cross between Velvet Underground unplugged and Nico's early works that are produced by John Cale. Nico sings and plays harmonium, Lou sings and plays acoustic guitar and John provides guitar, viola, piano and backing vocals.
Being more a Cale / Nico fan than a Reed / Velvets fan, this is more appealing to me for Nico’s section which finds her doing some of her early 70s classics, harmonium in tow!
The sound is quite good for something of questionable origin and if you like these guys, you won't be dissapointed in this at all!
Includes 'detailed background notes' and two bonus tracks taken from a London rehearsal shortly before the gig.
The DVD is only about 20’ of the show, but it’s still nice to have that 20’.

"At this low-key date, Lou Reed, John Cale, and Nico performed unplugged-type sets, with Reed and Cale providing instrumental and vocal backup throughout. Reed and Nico each take lead vocals on five songs, and Cale on three, the material drawn from both the Velvet Underground's early albums and the trio's early solo efforts. This is not a novel curiosity, of interest only to obsessive fans; it's strong, powerful stuff that in some respects outdoes the familiar versions, at least from their official solo records. Reed mixes songs from the Velvets' first album (nonchalantly introducing "Waiting for the Man" thusly: "This is a song about copping drugs in New York"), shining particularly on a stark cabaret version of "Berlin," which he refers to as "my Barbra Streisand song." Nico never sang better than she did on her portion, particularly on the bare interpretations of the Velvets' "Femme Fatale" and "I'll Be Your Mirror"; she also does a few tunes from her first two solo albums. The Cale-sung tracks are the least impressive, but still worthwhile, particularly "Ghost Story."
This made the rounds as a hissy, lo-fi tape for years, but the sound on the CD...is excellent, almost up to the standards of official release...”-Richie Unterberger/All Music Guide
  • Format TypeNTSC
  • Region CodingAll Region
  • LabelGreyscale
  • UPC5060230869452
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