Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico :: Le Bataclan, Paris 1972

“This is a song about copping drugs in New York...”

Taste the whip. Captured in January 1972, a year and half following Lou Reed's hard exit from the Velvet Underground, we find ourselves at Le Bataclan theatre, Paris, France. The occasion marked a semi-impromptu reunion of the former VU bandmates. For a night, anyway. Recorded via the club's soundboard, and broadcasted on the French television program, Pop2, the fourteen track setlist finds the trio pulling from their individual solo catalogs, as well as vintage VU chestnuts ("The Black Angel's Death Song . . .

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