Rock and Roll Heart is the seventh album by Lou Reed, released in 1976. It was his first album for Arista Records (now a sister label to his previous labelRCA Records, via Sony BMG) after record mogul Clive Davis reportedly rescued him from bankruptcy. "A Sheltered Life" dates back to 1967, when the Velvet Underground recorded a demo of it (available on Peel Slowly and See). The Velvet Underground also performed "Follow the Leader", and a live recording of it was released on The Quine Tapes.

The cover art is credited to Mick Rock.

Track listing[edit]Edit

All tracks composed by Lou Reed

  1. "I Believe in Love" – 2:46
  2. "Banging on My Drum" – 2:11
  3. "Follow the Leader" – 2:13
  4. "You Wear It So Well" – 4:52
  5. "Ladies Pay" – 4:22
  6. "Rock & Roll Heart" – 3:05
  7. "Chooser and the Chosen One" – 2:47
  8. "Senselessly Cruel" – 2:08
  9. "Claim to Fame" – 2:51
  10. "Vicious Circle" – 2:53
  11. "A Sheltered Life" – 2:20
  12. "Temporary Thing" – 5:13


  • Lou Reed - vocals, guitar, piano
  • Marty Fogel - saxophone
  • Michael Fonfara - piano, organ, clavinet, ARP synthesizer
  • Bruce Yaw - bass
  • Michael Suchorsky - drums
  • Garland Jeffreys - background vocals on "You Wear It So Well"

Mixed & engineered by Corky Stasiak

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