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Crossing the wrong side of the tracks, as most of Lou Reed's albums do, 1978's STREET HASSLE is the angrier, younger sibling to Reed's eloquent, mature NEW YORK, released over a decade later. The centrepiece of STREET HASSLE, the handsome, hypnotic and brutal title track evolves in three "symphonic" movements, and is a powerful, theatrical precursor to Reed's work with John Cale on SONGS FOR DRELLA and director Robert Wilson on the operatic TIME ROCKER. Bruce Springsteen makes an uncredited spoken-word appearance in the last movement of the piece, "Slipaway", and there's even a touch of E-Street-type brassy groove on "Wait".
An album teeming with the lyrical hell of drug addicts and desperate misfits, STREET HASSLE does possess elements of Reed's pitch-black humor. "Gimme Some Good Times" playfully samples "Sweet Jane", and Reed sings the strangely sunny words of "Real Good Time Together" against a morbid wash of distorted guitar effects and vocals. A mix of New York studio recordings and fine live performances recorded in West Germany, STREET HASSLE is a curious and compelling coda to Reed's tumultuous and ever-changing '70s work.

Track Listings
Discs 1
1)Gimme Some Good Times
3)Street Hassle
4)I Wanna Be Black
5)Real Good Time Together
6)Shooting Star

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