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Rock and Roll Heart

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Rock and Roll Heart

Rock and Roll Heart
Studio album by Lou Reed
Released October 1976
Recorded 1976
The Record Plant, New York
Genre Rock
Length 37:42
Label Arista
Producer Lou Reed
Lou Reed chronology
Coney Island Baby
Rock and Roll Heart
Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[2]

Rock and Roll Heart is the seventh album by Lou Reed, released in 1976. It was his first album for Arista Records (now a sister label to his previous label RCA Records, via Sony BMG) after record mogul Clive Davis reportedly rescued him from bankruptcy. "A Sheltered Life" dates back to 1967, when the Velvet Underground recorded a demo of it (available on Peel Slowly and See). The Velvet Underground also performed "Follow the Leader", and a live recording of it was released on The Quine Tapes.

The cover art is credited to Mick Rock.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Lou Reed

  1. "I Believe in Love" – 2:46
  2. "Banging on My Drum" – 2:11
  3. "Follow the Leader" – 2:13
  4. "You Wear It So Well" – 4:52
  5. "Ladies Pay" – 4:22
  6. "Rock & Roll Heart" – 3:05
  7. "Chooser and the Chosen One" – 2:47
  8. "Senselessly Cruel" – 2:08
  9. "Claim to Fame" – 2:51
  10. "Vicious Circle" – 2:53
  11. "A Sheltered Life" – 2:20
  12. "Temporary Thing" – 5:13


  • Lou Reed - vocals, guitar, piano
  • Marty Fogel - saxophone
  • Michael Fonfara - piano, organ, clavinet, ARP synthesizer
  • Bruce Yaw - bass
  • Michael Suchorsky - drums
  • Garland Jeffreys - background vocals on "You Wear It So Well"

Mixed & engineered by Corky Stasiak


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. Rock and Roll Heart at AllMusic
  2. ^  
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