Joseph Arthur Lou on 2LP + Download
Featuring New Renditions of 12 Lou Reed Classics
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur pays tribute to rock pioneer and Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed with a 12-track covers collection of his favorite songs from the music icon including "Walk on the Wild Side," "Satellite of Love," "Heroin" and "Pale Blue Eyes" among others. Performed, recorded and produced by Arthur in his home studio, the album marks his debut on Vanguard Records, and is preceded by his take on the Reed staple “Walk on the Wild Side.”
“It's odd dancing around death, odder still if the death you are dancing around is that of a legend. You just never know what's appropriate and what's not, what to share and what to keep inside. There is no blueprint. I loved Lou and we were friends. The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it?
"Death, like life, works with your resistance and finally it wears you out and breaks you down and then you are too tired to do anything but face it. I was home alone and there was nowhere to go. I set up some mics. A Coles ribbon mic. And a Wunder mic which is a version of a U47 (I used those two mics on the whole record). The ribbon gives it silk and warmth, the Wunder makes it hi-fi. The first song I tried was 'Coney Island Baby.' And I liked how it came out. But I also liked getting to hang out with Lou again. This was the only way to get close. I did another song and another still. I made a rule: No drums or electricity. Lou was electric.
"The only way I know to give new life to something as rich with life as Lou's songs and recordings is to go about them in a completely different way. Bill’s (Bentley) advice to just keep it simple and not overthink it kinda acted as my mission statement and in each song, I felt I revealed something new in it. Making versions, not trying to outdo the originals (impossible), but rather versions that bring out something unheard before. I felt I was doing that to some degree and I felt guidance in it. I was saying goodbye." - Joseph Arthur
Joseph Arthur Lou Track Listing:
1. Walk on the Wild Side
2. Sword of Damocles
3. Stephanie Says
5. NYC Man
6. Satellite of Love
7. Dirty Blvd.
8. Pale Blues Eyes
9. Magic and Loss
10. Men of Good Fortune
11. Wild Child
12. Coney Island Baby