78251-2 Coney Island Baby
Produced by Lou Reed and Godfrey Diamond
Released on December 1975
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K ronomyth 8.0: A GIFT FROM LOU. Since neither you nor I wish to suffer through another football analogy for Coney Island Baby, I’ll be comparing this to badminton instead, complete with liberal use of the word shuttlecock... Lou Reed had his shuttlecock handed back to him with Metal Machine Music, fans and critics alike crying “Foul!” So on his next serve, Reed made sure to transform back into his bad-boy Bob Dylan pose and clear the service line with a serviceable album of rock and roll. Only an interesting thing had happened since Sally (which by all accounts was a let): Lou’s heart had been exposed in the post 3M evisceration and laid out for all to see on Coney’s title track. Or maybe it was more role-playing from a confused chameleon who couldn’t decide whether to play with his own shuttlecock or someone else’s. Either way, the album was deemed a smash and critics creem’d their jeans at Reed’s resurgence after what appeared to be an unrecoverable break in service. In my opinion, Coney Island Baby is a good album that followed a very bad one, featuring a solid backing band that serves up a series of lobs to Lou, from the wild walk of “Charley’s Girl” to the languid stroll of “Coney Island Baby.” Is it an ace? No. Rather, CIB is a shift in strategy that would be used to fine (and not-so-fine) effect on subsequent albums: Reed as the fallen, ugly angel in the midst of America’s median moral decency. The guitar, bass and drums play the collective straight men while the singer falls apart in childhood reveries, silly fantasies and dark desires. “Kicks” gets a lot of attention for its VU-styled strangeness, but I’ll tell you what: I’d give it all away for “A Gift.” Coney Island Baby is an important work because it effectively turned a potentially game-ending gaffe into an artful double motion. Or, to put it another way, Reed recovered his own fumble and started running in the right direction with this one.

78251-2 back cover
78251-2 back cover


  1. CRAZY FEELING    2:55
  2. CHARLEY'S GIRL    2:40
  3. SHE'S MY BEST FRIEND    6:01
  4. KICKS    6:04
  5. A GIFT    3:46
  6. OOOHHH BABY    3:46
  7. NOBODY'S BUSINESS    3:49
  8. CONEY ISLAND BABY    6:38

    30th anniversary edition bonus tracks
  9. NOWHERE AT ALL    3:17
  10. DOWNTOWN DIRT    4:16
  11. LEAVE ME ALONE    5:33
  12. CRAZY FEELING    2:38
  13. SHE'S MY BEST FRIEND    4:07
  14. CONEY ISLAND BABY    5:43

    All songs by Loud Reed


LOU REED -- guitar, piano, vocals, background vocals, mixing, 30th anniversary reissue producer, co-producer (10,12-14)
BRUCE KULICK -- guitar
BRUCE YAW -- electric and acoustic bass
Godfrey Diamond -- background vocals, engineer, mixing
Joanne Vent -- background vocals
Michael Wendroff -- background vocals, mixing
Michael Fonfara -- keyboards (10,12-14)
Bob Meday -- drums (10,12-14)
Doug Yule -- bass (10,12-14)
Steve Katz -- co-producer (10,12-14)
Rob Santos -- 30th anniversary reissue producer
Chris Shaw -- mixing (12-14)
Mick Rock -- art direction, design, photography
Ridgeway/Harris -- type design

US/ITA/NET December 1975 RCA LP/8T APL1/APS1-0915 picture sleeve
UK January 1976 RCA LP RS-1035 picture sleeve
UK March 1981 RCA LP INTS-5082  
ITA 1981 RCA LP YL-13807 "Best Buy" Series reissue
GER 1982 RCA LP/CS NL/NK-83807  
GER 1989 RCA CD ND-83807  
US/UK September 19, 2006 RCA/Legacy CDX 78251-2 30th ann. remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2008 BMG CDX BVCM-37732 digital remaster w. bonus tracks


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