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  • Summary: Recorded live at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater in 2003, this 2-disc set finds Reed supported by a small (drummerless) band on material culled from his recent disc 'The Raven' as well as older albums from his 35-plus-year career (including Velvet Underground tunes "Venus In Furs," "Candy Says," and "Heroin"). Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 84
    The irony is that the closer Reed gets to his present material, the more alive it becomes. [#10, p.87]
  2. As usual, his ego rages, but so, thankfully, does his guitar. [26 Mar 2004, p.72]
  3. 80
    At 62, Reed apparently has indulged in the drug that rejuvenated Bob Dylan's career: enjoying himself. [Apr 2004, p.135]
  4. 70
    It’s worth ploughing through the strange to get to the beautiful, disturbing, fucked-up ‘Venus In Furs’ though, worth the full five stars all by itself.
  5. Serenade offers nice glimpses of Reed's laid-back side.
  6. The two-hour-plus runtime is gratuitous; probably the idea was to present the complete show (a la Alive by Kiss), but the effect is mind-numbing, and most of the successful experiments are lost in well-mannered gray.
  7. The material ranges from the sublime to the good to the galling.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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