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Coney Island Baby by Lou Reed

Coney Island Baby

by Lou Reed


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Barcode: 0889853490615
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”Coney Island Baby” is the sixth solo studio album by American rock musician Lou Reed, released in December 1975 in the US and in January 1976 in the UK by RCA Records.

The title track concludes with a dedication to “all the kids at P.S. 192,” a reference to the P.S. 192 – Magnet School for Math & Science Inquiry in Brooklyn, where Reed attended school. Anthony DeCurtis has described the album as “perhaps the most romantic” in Reed’s career. Many songs are inspired by and dedicated to Reed’s girlfriend at the time, Rachel Humphreys. According to Aidan Levy, the album serves as both a love letter to Rachel and a nostalgic reflection on Coney Island.

The title track explicitly mentions Rachel with the line: “I’d like to send this one out to Lou and Rachel, and all the kids at P.S. 192.” The album includes the song “She’s My Best Friend,” originally recorded by Reed’s band, the Velvet Underground, in 1969. The 30th-anniversary reissue of “Coney Island Baby” features bonus tracks with Reed’s Velvet Underground bandmate Doug Yule.

In a 1976 Rolling Stone review, Paul Nelson praised the album, noting that Reed had assembled an exceptional band and commending the structured and melodic nature of the songs. He highlighted Reed’s return to intense guitar playing and a more confident singing style. Robert Christgau, in his 1981 review, acknowledged Reed’s effort but sensed a recurring weariness. Despite this, he noted warmth in the songs upon closer listening.

In Rock: The Rough Guide (1996), Roy Edroso regarded “Coney Island Baby” as Reed’s most pleasing soft-rock album. He praised Reed’s humuor, particularly in the song “A Gift,” and highlighted the title track for its unique exploration of “the glory of love” in the musings of a troubled high-school football player.

The album is recognised for its blend of timeless rock & roll, Reed’s expressive singing, and inventive arrangements, making it a notable addition to Reed’s discography.

A1 Crazy Feeling
A2 Charley's Girl
A3 She's My Best Friend
A4 Kicks
B1 A Gift
B2 Ooohhh Baby
B3 Nobody's Business
B4 Coney Island Baby
Catalogue No.: 88985349061
Barcode: 0889853490615
Genre: Rock
Style: Rock & Roll, Classic Rock
Label: RCA
Released: 2016
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, undefined

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