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play: LOU REED Metal Machine Music (Asphodel).

Byline: by Paul Cole, Anuji Varma, Jack Daniels & David Brookes

WHEN Reed's Metal Machine Music was first released in 1975, the fans were bemused by the extended feedback squalls, amplifier hums and tortured screeches. It was an atonal album in search of a tune and proved a commercial disaster, pulled from the shelves in weeks. Such is the wisdom of the arts world that it's back, this time performed by contemporary classicists Zeitkratzer, accompanied by Reed on guitar. It's still inaccessible nonsense that's painful on the ear as the 11-piece ensemble recreates every howl and shriek with strings. There's a DVD so you watch the excruciating excess, too. PC
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2007
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