Lou Reed
Legendary Hearts

Originally released on RCA Records in 1983 as the follow-up to the highly acclaimed The Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts teamed Lou Reed with Robert Quine, Fernando Saunders and Fred Maher—often cited as the finest accompanists of his solo career—resulting in one of his leanest, most band-oriented records. Legendary Hearts continues the soul-searching that Reed had begun on The Blue Mask while lightening the mood slightly. As Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye writes in a new essay for this reissue of Legendary Hearts, "Though the autobiographical details draw from Lou's experience and worldview -- the album is dedicated to his then-wife Sylvia and came at a time when he was achieving sobriety -- these are filtered through an artist's sensibility..."

Longtime Lou Reed supporter, critic Robert Christgau, rated Legendary Hearts an A grade in his original 1983 review, writing that "'Legendary Hearts' and 'Betrayed' clarify Reed's commitment by laying out the down side of romantic marriage; 'Bottoming Out' and 'The Last Shot' and the elegiac 'Home Of The Brave' excise melodrama from his waves of fear. Equally important, 'Martial Law' and 'Don't Talk To Me About Work' and the almost, well, liberal 'Pow Wow' prove that sometimes his great new band is just a way for him to write great new songs…"

Out of print in the U.S. for well over a decade, Legendary Hearts has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes by Grammy-winning engineer Vic Anesini, who previously oversaw the acclaimed remastering of Reed's Transformer.

Track Listing:
1. Legendary Hearts
2. Don't Talk To Me About Work
3. Make Up Mind
4. Martial Law
5. The Last Shot
6. Turn Out The Light
7. Pow Wow
8. Betrayed
9. Bottoming Out
10. Home Of The Brave
11. Rooftop Garden


The ethos of Iconoclassic Records is perfectly captured in the company's name. Iconoclassic Records reissues classic titles by iconic artists, many of whom have handled their careers in an uncompromising, iconoclastic manner.

A CD reissue label focused on rock, pop, and R&B music of the 1970s and '80s, Iconoclassic Records specializes in notable albums that have never been released on CD, as well as classic titles that have fallen out of print. [more]
Are the CDs remastered?
Yes, all Iconoclassic Records CDs are digitally remastered from the original master tapes by award winning engineers, such as Grammy® winner Vic Anesini, who remastered Laura Nyro's Nested and Season of Lights. Check out photos from the mastering session on the Nested album page.

Are the original album graphics included in the packaging?
Yes, Iconoclassic reproduces all the imagery and text from the original LP front and back covers and inner sleeves. In addition, we frequently add newly written liner notes and additional photographs from the appropriate time periods.  [more]