Prakash John (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper)

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When Lou Reed decided to transform his persona and musical pedigree from that of an underground artist to a bona-fide arena rocker, he enlisted guitar shredders Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter, drummer Whitey Glan, keyboardist Ray Colcord, and bassist Prakash John to bring his aggressive aural vision to fruition. The result was one of rock’s greatest concert releases: Rock n Roll Animal (1974) – and one of rock’s greatest bass performances.

With Steve Katz in the producer’s chair, John and the band essentially threw every motif imaginable against the wall and somehow, all of it stuck!

Dig Prakash on “Intro / Sweet Jane” https://youtu.be/KqpWTC-rvhQ

With a strong foundation in his native Indian music, along with studies in classical, and a passion for rhythm & blues borne of his dues paying days in Toronto based Top 40 bands , John’s harmonic extensions and endless rhythmic variations within the most basic of rock chord progressions were inventive ala Jack Bruce. And his soulful playing on Sally Can’t Dance helped Lou nail his only Top 10 album.

Dig Prakash purveying the soul on “Sally Can’t Dane” https://youtu.be/gbfB9z4Am-E

After Lou sacked his Animal band, John and his mates went to work for Alice Cooper and replicated their sonic assault as heard on the live Alice Cooper Show release.

Dig Prakash with Alice “Under My Wheels” https://youtu.be/o_oQa0dTQSI

Note: seek out Lou Reed Live (1975) to hear additional performances from those legendary New York Academy of Music gigs.

Dig Prakash live with Lou! https://youtu.be/gYUIZg3bhjU