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
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
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.