I liked some of his solo work, and some of the Velvet Underground songs, but mostly it was too dense for me to enjoy at the time. I liked it more as the years went by. Lou Reed was much more influential to other musicians than he was a household name.
As has been stated before, surprised he lived as long as he did .
The Trinity Sessions album is a big favorite of mind. Great mood album for setting the tone, if you know what I mean.
One of my favorite albums as well. The auditory clarity of it is amazing for the time. And the fact that it was recorded with a single mic touches the AV nerd in me. I listened to it frequently underway on the boat when I needed some peace and a calming vibe. Hearing a female voice is a treat after a couple months under water surrounded by dudes.