Lou Reed - Transformer/Live at Montreux 2000

Here's the latest in Eagle Visions' two-fer series, holding both a full-length documentary examining Reed's Transformer album and a stellar performance recorded in Montreux.

Considered to be one of the late artists' best and most influential albums, Transformer contained the huge hit "Walk on the Wild Side" as well as gems like "Perfect Day," "Satellite of Love " and "Vicious" and here musicians including Dave Stewart and Lenny Kaye talk about how the album was very much a reflection of Reed's relationship with Andy Warhol.

Reed himself offers track-by-track commentary and plays acoustic versions of some of the songs; this is possible because the film was actually shot more than a decade ago.

The live portion of the film is nothing short of terrific as Reed eschews his hits and favorites like "Heroin" and "White Light/White Heat," instead offering a 16-song set with goodies like the jazzy "Ecstasy," intense versions of "Paranoia Key of E" and "Dirty Blvd" and unexpected cuts like "Smalltown" from the Songs for Drella album.

The show is so good that fans were probably already at home before it dawned on them they didn't even hear "Sweet Jane."

Order the Blu-ray here.

Lou Reed - Transformer/Live at Montreux 2000

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