Lou Reed
New Sensations

Kicked off with "I Love You, Suzanne," as close as Lou Reed ever came to a straight "pop" song, New Sensations is the most uniquely upbeat album in Reed's canon. Also featuring the title track and "My Red Joystick," New Sensations introduced Reed to a new, younger audience through MTV and major college radio airplay – the album ranked #1 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1984." The pop accessibility of New Sensations was not a capitulation to the marketplace, but a sign of the kind of strong personal shape Reed was in. His battles with drugs and alcohol were behind him, and Reed had married a woman named Sylvia Morales, who would later become his manager as well as his wife. New Sensations does have its darker moments, as one might expect, though it never turns bleak.

Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone, in a four-star review, called New Sensations "a long-overdue delight...for my money, the most consistently winning rock & roll album Reed has had a hand in since Loaded, the Velvets' brilliant 1970 studio farewell." Robert Christgau awarded New Sensations an A grade, noting "The music is simple and inevitable, and even the sarcastic songs are good sarcastic songs, with many of the others avoiding type altogether."

Out of print in the U.S. for well over a decade, New Sensations has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes by Grammy-winning engineer Vic Anesini, and augmented with new liner notes by Michael Hill and expanded packaging.

Track Listing:
1. I Love You, Suzanne
2. Endlessly Jealous
3. My Red Joystick
4. Turn To Me
5. New Sensations
6. Doin' The Things That We Want To
7. What Becomes A Legend Most
8. Fly Into The Sun
9. My Friend George
10. High In The City
11. Down At The Arcade


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]