Live: Take No Prisoners is Lou Reed's third live album. Released in 1978, it was Reed's contribution to the double live album era. It was recorded at theBottom Line in New York, and there is no overdubbing. It is distinguished for featuring several lengthy and humorous monologues from the artist, among them a detailed story of the origin of "Walk on the Wild Side," and a rant against rock music critics, particularly Robert Christgau.

The illustrations on the cover were officially credited to Brent Bailer[4][5] but Spanish illustrator Nazario won in 2000 a legal battle after which it was determined that the original drawing had been done by him, for the cover of a magazine in the seventies. RCA was forced to pay Nazario 4 million pesetas (about 24,000 euros). Nazario has said that if Lou Reed had ever asked him for permission to use his drawing, he would probably have given it for free.[6]

Bruce Springsteen was in the audience during the performance. Reed mentions and greets Springsteen during his lengthy monologue in "Walk on the Wild Side".[7]

Track listing[edit]Edit

All tracks written by Lou Reed

CD One:

  1. "Sweet Jane" – 10:44
  2. "I Wanna Be Black" – 6:27
  3. "Satellite of Love" – 7:06
  4. "Pale Blue Eyes" – 7:36
  5. "Berlin" – 6:13
  6. "I'm Waiting for the Man" – 13:59

CD Two:

  1. "Coney Island Baby" – 8:37
  2. "Street Hassle" – 13:15
  3. "Walk on the Wild Side" – 16:54
  4. "Leave Me Alone" – 7:29


  • Lou Reed - vocals, guitar, guitar synthesizer
  • Stuart Heinrich - guitar, background vocals
  • Marty Fogel - electric saxophone
  • Michael Fonfara - electric piano
  • Ellard "Moose" Boles - bass, background vocals
  • Michael Suchorsky - drums
  • Angel Howell - tambourine, background vocals
  • Chrissy Faith - background vocals

Mixed and engineered by Manfred Schunke at Delta Studio, WilsterGermany

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