Berlin: Live At St. Ann's Warehouse is a concert film and live album by Lou Reed released in 2008. The concert film was directed by Julian Schnabel, live at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn during five nights in December 2006. Background shots of the characters Jim and Caroline were done by Lola Schnabel.
The Berlin tour was the first time Lou Reed had played the full album live in over 30 years, after the original album was a critical and commercial flop. Individual songs had been played, but not the whole thing.
The concert film and album both feature three non-Berlin songs as an encore, "Candy Says", "Rock Minuet" and "Sweet Jane".
Steve was sitting in his Hollywood apartment one day in 2006 when Bob Ezrin called, he said "do you want to do the whole Berlin album live on stage with an orchestra and choir? Of course said Steve!
Lou Reed's Berlin Live 2008
How Do You Think It Feels
Main Photo By Mark Maryanovich
The original Berlin album had been Steve's second ever major recording back in 73 and he along with Lou and Bob had always dreamed of being able to present the album live in it's entirety and in the original sequence.
To say Steve was excited is an understatement, he was thrilled at the prospect. The rehearsals were pretty emotional as the event started to come together. The actual film of the performances which is now a DVD captured the rawness and honesty of the shows.
Later they would go out on tour and some small changes and refinements were done as that went along, but on this album you pick up the extraordinary vibe of how new, fresh and thrilling the whole process was.
"Men Of Good Fortune"
"Caroline Says (I)"
"How Do You Think It Feels?"
"Caroline Says (II)"
Lou Reed – lead vocals, guitar
Steve Hunter – guitars
Fernando Saunders – bass guitar, synthesizer, guitar, backing vocals
Tony "Thunder" Smith – drums, backing vocals
Rupert Christie – keyboards, backing vocals
Rob Wasserman – double bass
Sharon Jones – vocals
Antony Hegarty – vocals
Steven Bernstein – flugelhorn, trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes – trombone
Paul Shapiro – saxophone, flute
Doug Wieselman – bass clarinet, clarinet
David Gold – viola
Eyvind Kang – viola
Jane Scarpantoni – cello
Brooklyn Youth Chorus – choir
Bob Ezrin - conductor