Lou Reed Live
Live album by
ReleasedMarch 1975
Recorded21 December 1973
VenueHoward Stein's Academy of Music, New York City
GenreGlam rock
LabelRCA Records
ProducerSteve Katz
Lou Reed chronology
Sally Can't Dance
Lou Reed Live
Metal Machine Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic(not rated)[1]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[3]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[4]

Lou Reed Live is a live album by Lou Reed, released in 1975. It was recorded at the same concert as Rock 'n' Roll Animal ; on December 21, 1973, at Howard Stein's Academy of Music in New York. It features three songs from Transformer, one song from The Velvet Underground & Nico (Reed's former band's debut album) and two songs from Berlin. Between this album and the remastered Rock 'n' Roll Animal, the entire show has been released, albeit in a different order than the original concert setlist.[5]

In 2003, RCA/BMG re-issued this album under their "Extended Versions" series. The title was changed to reflect this, but the contents remained unchanged.

This live album's stereo mix differs from its counterpart in that guitarist Dick Wagner is heard on the left channel, and Steve Hunter is on the right; this arrangement is reversed on Rock 'n' Roll Animal.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Lou Reed

Side one

  1. "Vicious" – 5:55
  2. "Satellite of Love" – 6:03
  3. "Walk on the Wild Side" – 4:51

Side two

  1. "I'm Waiting for the Man" – 3:38
  2. "Oh, Jim" – 10:40
  3. "Sad Song" – 7:32




Chart(1975) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 42
Dutch Album Chart 14


  1. ^ Lou Reed Live at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (January 12, 1992). "Lou Reed's Recordings: 25 Years Of Path-breaking Music". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Nelson, Paul (1975-06-05). "Lou Reed: Lou Reed Live : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2009-04-09. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  5. ^ El otro blog de José Luis - Lou Reed recorded 1973 December 21st Friday, Howard Stein’s Academy of Music - (setlist)
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 249. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.