“Live: Take No Prisoners is a 1978 live album by Lou Reed, recorded during May 1978 at The Bottom Line in New York.
The album contains ad libs by Reed during and between songs, among them a detailed story of the origin of “Walk on the Wild Side,” and a rant against rock music critics, particularly Robert ChristgauTake No Prisoners was recorded during the series of albums where Reed employed the use of a binaural recording setup, using a dummy head with microphones in each ear. The back cover of the album notes: “Produced by Lou Reed for Sister Ray Enterprises LTD. This is a binaural sound recording.”
Bruce Springsteen, who acted as an uncredited vocalist on the studio version of the song “Street Hassle”, was in the crowd during the recording of the live album. During the performance of “Walk on the Wild Side” featured on Take No Prisoners, Reed addresses the musician is in the crowd, saying, “Hi Bruce. Springsteen is alright, by the way. He gets my seal of approval. I think he’s groovy.””