This set, recorded at Loew's Palace Concert Theater in Providence, Dec 14, 1973, a week prior to the classic live album recording, captures this moment in time when Reed was creating emotionally honest musical turbulence on stage.
In retrospect, 1973 was a year of massive growth for Reed and certainly a critical step in his approach to live performing. Regardless of how the shows on this tour were perceived at the time, something important was clearly going on here. The melding of Reed's unique brand of decadent, literate music with a big arena rock sound would eventually reach the masses in a way The Velvet Underground never could. The strange contrast between Reed's detached, blasé vocals and the hard rocking professionalism of his backup band is the essence of its appeal.