“Sweet Jane” – Lou Reed (from the 2007 concert film “Lou Reed’s Berlin” dir. Julian Schnabel)

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I’m not going to lie to you. This has been a tough week. Between learning a good friend has passed on and the overtime I’ve put in at work, I need something that makes me feel good to be alive. Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” is a song that always makes me feel better about the world … especially this kick-ass live version recorded for the 2007 film “Lou Reed’s Berlin” directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Julian Schnabel. Lou was in his late 60s when he recorded this. This gives me hope and good feelings for my impending “golden years.”

“Innocent Man” – The Jam

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Here’s a terrific B-side from The Jam that really should have been an A-side or at least included as a track on one of their original albums. One of my favorite songs by the group. This sounds like a lot Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” if it had been recorded by the Who circa 1967.  Available on the Jam box set “Direction Creation Reaction” or as a bonus track the UMD Deluxe Edition of “All Mod Cons.”