The day after Christmas, December of 1972: Lou Reed and band (The Tots) in Hempstead, NY, recording live for radio at Untrasonic Recording Studio. Recorded just a month after the release of Transformer, the set finds Reed pulling from the new record, riffing on five Velvets tracks and the penultimate “Berlin” – the track that would title his next release six months later.

Download: Lou Reed :: Ultrasonic Recording Studio, Hempstead, NY 12/26/72 (zipped)

White Light White Heat
I’m Waiting For The Man
Walk It Talk It
Sweet Jane
Satellite of Love
Walk On the Wild Side
I’m So Free
Rock N Roll

Related: Lou Reed :: WPIX Radio (NYC) – 1979

9 Responses to “Lou Reed :: Ultrasonic Recording Studio, Hempstead, NY 12/26/72”

  1. I used to have a boot of this show, long disappeared. Great snapshot of Lou and the band between records.

  2. I’m curious, is this the same recording used for the American Poet live album that was released about a decade ago? Or is this another performance?

  3. @MRC – yup, same gig — this was the boot they sourced from, and cleaned up sonically, sans the interview included on AP.

  4. Miss you, Lou. Yeah, this was finally released in a different format years back. Shoddily done though, no better than the long circulated boot, found here.

  5. Can never have too much of this show. The Tots!

  6. one letter off from being the ‘trots’ which could have been pretty effective in and of itself

  7. love the fact that ‘walk on the wild side’ had only been out for a little over a month. the crowd loved the ‘giving head’ line!

  8. […] and close associate Lou Reed, recorded in 1972 in Hempstead, NY. Courtesy of the good folks at Aquarium Drunkard. (Tip: Mac users might have to download it twice for the file to […]

  9. What was the name of the radio announcer who interviewed Reed in the middle, just before the performance of heroin?

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