500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Lou Reed, 'Berlin'

344. Lou Reed, 'Berlin'

RCA, 1973

Reed followed up his breakthrough album, Transformer, with "my version of Hamlet." A bleak song cycle about an abusive, drug-fueled relationship, it's hugely ambitious but also one of the darker records ever made – slow, druggy and heavily orchestrated by producer Bob Ezrin.

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