Transformer, one of the most popular and adventurous records by Lou Reed the oft-titled â€œGodfather of Punk,â€ is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5. (The CD is currently $5.99 and is an AutoRip, which means with the CD purchase youâ€™ll also get a FREE MP3 download of the entire album.)
Released in November 1972, Transformer surprised everyone by actually bringing Lou Reed into the mainstream of sorts. The album hit the Top 40 and almost made the sounds and styles on this record, homosexuality, androgyny, fucked up relationships, decadence and early gothy art, household words. Produced by David Bowie and the late, great Mick Ronson, who sizzles on guitar on Transformer, Reed takes his best playbook from his Velvet Underground days and spills a wild musical ride all over his canvas here. From the catty â€œViciousâ€ to the waxing about Andy Warhol on â€œAndyâ€™s Chest,â€ the sneering and sarcastically droning yet dripped in a kind of Christopher Isherwood Berlin style â€œNew York Telephone Conversation,â€ to the well known and powerful dare one say ballad â€œSatellite of Loveâ€ and of course, the top 20 hit road map for the aforementioned styles and lifestyles, â€œWalk on the Wild Side,â€ Transformer is a fun ride of many musical sounds and sonic metaphors for that early glam/punk/attitudinal styles that were such a part of living in a certain kind of Maxâ€™s Kansas City-esque New York City in the early 1970s.
Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.
2. Andy’s Chest
3. Perfect Day
4. Hangin’ ‘Round
5. Walk On The Wild Side
6. Make Up
7. Satellite Of Love
8. Wagon Wheel
9. New York Telephone Conversation
10. I’m So Free
11. Goodnight Ladies
12. Hangin’ ‘Round (Acoustic Demo Version (Previously Unreleased))
13. Perfect Day/Transformer Radio Spot
MP3 Purchases: When you purchase MP3s through Amazon, it stores your purchases to Amazonâ€™s Cloud Drive; from there you can stream the music right from their online player. Also, if you have a Kindle Fire, your MP3 purchases will automatically be available for you to stream on your device. All your purchases are backed up and available for you to download at any time. You can download the files to your computer to load to an MP3 device and to your iTunes account if you have one. If youâ€™d like to gift these MP3 purchases, you can â€“ just click the â€œGive album or song as giftâ€ button on the right on the product page. From there you enter the recipientâ€™s email address and then select either specific songs to gift or the entire album.
CD AutoRip Purchases: After you complete a purchase of an AutoRip CD, a free MP3 version of that album will be added to your Amazon Cloud Player library and will be available on your PC/Mac, Kindle Fire, Android phone, iPhone & iPod Touch, and iPad. Albums eligible for this offer are marked on Amazon.com with an AutoRip logo. If you do not yet have a Cloud Player account, you can activate one for free. Available to US customers only.