Lou Reed & The Tots – Super Golden Radio Shows (1972)

FrontCover1This show has been released in one bootleg form or another under at least 10 different titles.

It features Reed in excellent form. Playing guitar and singing such that one can clearly hear and appreciate his literate lyrics, Reed delivers a rock-solid performance. Lou’s backing band, The Tots, put on an incredible show. Sometimes prone to unfocused and less-than-energetic performances, The Tots put on the show of their lives here.

This is Lou Reed without props, without camp, and just in your face Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Another review:
This album which may well be Lou Reed’s best live Solo album (thanks a lot to a fabolous bad named The Tots) was recorded on 26th December 1972 and transmitted in a “Saturday Night In Concert” Radio Broadcast in January 1972, which was then re-broadcast in the mid 1980s. It showcases titles from his time with Velvet Underground as well as his later solo hits, but above all, it presents tracks from his most successful album Transformer which was produced by David Bowie and arranged by his epic guitarist Mick Ronson. The Tots at the time were at the top of their form with brilliant ensemble guitar playing and Lou Reed himself receives a rapturous reception from his home town audience.

Ultrasonic Recording Studio, WLIR FM, Hempstead NY, 1972-12-26
Super Golden Radio Shows


Scottie Clark (drums)
Vinny Laporta (guitar)
Lou Reed (vocals, guitar)
Eddie Reynolds (guitar)
Bobby Resigno (bass)

01. White Light White Heat (Reed) 4.33
02. Vicious (Reed) 3.12
03. I’m Waiting For The Man (Reed) 7.20
04. Walk It Talk It (Reed) 4.05
05. Sweet Jane (Reed) 4.42
06. Heroin (Reed) 8.35
07. Satellite of Love (Reed) 3.34
08. Walk On the Wild Side (Reed) 6.07
09. I’m So Free (Reed) 3.57
10. Berlin (Reed) 6.01
11. Rock “n” Roll (Reed) 5.14