On January 28, 2003.


On January 28, 2003, “Sire Records” released “The Raven”, the nineteenth Lou Reed solo album. “The Raven” was recorded in 2002, and was produced by Hal Willner and Lou Reed. “The Raven” is concept album recounting the short stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe through word and song. The album also features new versions of two of Lou Reed’s most popular songs, “The Bed” and “Perfect Day”. The album cover was created by the director and painter Julian Schnabel.


  • Lou Reed – vocals, guitar
  • Mike Rathke – guitar
  • Fernando Saunders- bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Tony “Thunder” Smith- drums
  • Friedrich Paravicini – piano, keyboards
  • Jane Scarpantoni- cello, string arrangement
  • Doug Wieselman – baritone and tenor saxophone
  • Paul Shapiro- tenor saxophone
  • Steve Bernstein- trumpet, horn arrangement
  • Art Baron- trombone
  • Ornette Coleman- alto saxophone
  • Frank Wulff- oboe, hurdy-gurdy
  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle – backing vocals
  • Antoine Silverman, Marti Sweet – violin
  • Patrick Carroll- bass, drum programming
  • Shelly Woodworth – English horn
  • Russ DeSalvo- guitar, keyboards
  • Rob Mathes- string arrangement
  • Laurie Anderson – vocals
  • Antony Hegarty, David Bowie- vocals
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama- backing vocals
  • Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi, Elizabeth Ashley, Amanda Plummer- voice

All tracks by Lou Reed.

  1. Overture
  2. Edgar Allan Poe
  3. Call On Me
  4. The Valley Of Unrest
  5. A Thousand Departed Friends
  6. Change
  7. The Bed
  8. Perfect Day
  9. The Raven
  10. Balloon
  11. Broadway Song
  12. Blind Rage
  13. Burning Embers
  14. Vanishing Act
  15. Guilty
  16. I Wanna Know (The Pit And The Pendulum)
  17. Science Of The Mind
  18. Hop Frog
  19. Tripitena’s Speech
  20. Who Am I? (Tripitena’s Song)
  21. Guardian Angel


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