Haze, you're 98 % right - the artist and album IS Lou Reed "Lou Reed". However, it wasn't produced by Bowie and Ronson - that was "Transformer", his second album. "Lou Reed" was produced by Richard Robinson and Lou Reed.
The two "session" musicians that played on it that would be of interest to most all of us were Wakeman and Howe ... I didn't know that Steve Howe played on it until I did a little digging to get my facts straight for this game, though. I've known for many, many years that Rick played keys on it.
Wonderful album. I searched for it for close to 10 years before I finally found it on vinyl in the mid-80s- I paid 13 dollars for a copy that was in "fair" condition in a used record shop. The guy wanted 20 bucks until I showed him the scratches (none of which skipped, fortunately) and commented on the worn spots on the jacket, so after a bit of haggling he dropped the price for me. It's playable, but unfortunately it's by NO means a pristine copy.
Interesting story - my son was about 6 months old when I bought it and he was playing happily on the living room floor when I put it on - when the opening notes of the track "Ocean" came on, his head lifted, he remained perfectly still and he stared at the sound system for the entire time the tune played. When it was over, his head dropped down and he went back to playing with whatever toy he was playing with as if he had never been interrupted. I tease him to this day (he's 22) about him being "hypnotized" by the "Ocean", and to this day, he's a music fanatic and he enjoys Lou Reed's music.
As far as Tai-Chi, Lou Reed was written up in Black Belt magazine several years ago - it was actually the cover story for that issue.
"The word is love and the time is now, and it's right for me"