Lou Reed Words & Music, May 1965 Deluxe Edition

Light In The Attic | Item No: 924901
Vinyl 2LP+7" | 2022 / US – Original | New
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Item Description
All tracks previously unreleased
Produced in partnership with Laurie Anderson and the Lou Reed Archive
Inaugural release in Light in the Attic’s Lou Reed Archive Series
Features the earliest-known recordings of “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Pale Blue Eyes" and “Heroin" as made famous by The Velvet Underground
Includes seven unheard Lou Reed compositions
45 RPM 2LP set pressed on Audiophile-Quality 180-gram black vinyl at RTI
Features the only vinyl release of “I’m Waiting for the Man – May 1965 Alternate Version”
Remastered from the original analog tapes by GRAMMY®-nominated engineer John Baldwin
Package designed by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artist Masaki Koike
Includes bonus 7-inch record, housed in die-cut picture sleeve containing the first-ever vinyl release of six unheard tracks recorded between 1958 and 1964, including early demos, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” and a doo-wop serenade recorded in ‘58 when the legendary singer-songwriter was just sixteen-years-old
Saddle-stitched, die-cut 28-page book featuring lyrics, archival photos, and liner notes by Greil Marcus, Don Fleming and Jason Stern
Archival reproduction of letter written by Reed to Delmore Schwartz, circa 1964
Includes CD containing complete audio from the package, housed in die-cut jacket
Entire package housed in stylized, die-cut gatefold LP jacket manufactured by Stoughton Printing Co.
Foil numbered and limited to 7,500 copies worldwide on black vinyl

“To hear a tape containing their earliest demos, recorded on May 11, 1965, and locked away until now, is to hear traces of things rarely associated with The Velvet Underground: blues and folk, earthy and traditional, uncertain and hesitant... yet bristling with that rusty, caustic, Lou Reed spirit. It is a revelation.” - *Will Hodgkinson, Mojo*

Light in the Attic Records, in cooperation with Laurie Anderson, proudly announces the inaugural title in their ongoing Lou Reed Archive Series: Words & Music, May 1965. Released in tandem with the late artist’s 80th birthday celebrations, the album offers an extraordinary, unvarnished, and plainly poignant insight into one of America’s true poet-songwriters. Capturing Reed in his formative years, this previously unreleased collection of songs—penned by a young Lou Reed, recorded to tape with the help of future bandmate John Cale, and mailed to himself as a 'poor man’s copyright'—remained sealed in its original envelope and unopened for nearly 50 years. Its contents embody some of the most vital, groundbreaking contributions to American popular music committed to tape in the 20th century. Through examination of these songs rooted firmly in the folk tradition, we see clearly Lou’s lasting influence on the development of modern American music - from punk to art-rock and everything in between. A true time capsule, these recordings not only memorialize the nascent sparks of what would become the seeds of the incredibly influential Velvet Underground; they also cement Reed as a true observer with an innate talent for synthesizing and distilling the world around him into pure sonic poetry.
Item Details
Item No: 924901
Artist: Lou Reed
Title: Words & Music, May 1965 Deluxe Edition
Label: Light In The Attic
Catalog No: LITA189-1
Format: Vinyl 2LP+7", Vinyl, LP
Pressing: US – Original
Release Date: 2022
Genre: Rock & Indie
Available since: 2022-10-26
Condition: New
Price: 98,99 € 69,29 €
Weight: 500g (plus 250g Packaging)
A1 I'm Waiting For The Man (May 1965 Demos)
A2 Men Of Good Fortune
B1 Heroin
B2 Too Late
B3 Buttercup Song
C1 Walk Alone
C2 Buzz Buzz Buzz
C3 Pale Blue Eyes
D1 Stockpile
D2 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
D3 I'm Waiting For The Man (May 1965 Alternate Version)
E1 Gee Whiz (1958 Rehearsal - 7")
E2 Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (1963/64 Home Recordings)
F1 Michael, Row The Boat Ashore
F2 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Partial)
F3 W & X, Y, Z Blues
F4 Lou's 12-Bar Instrumental
G1 I'm Waiting For The Man (May 1965 Demos - Cd)
G2 Men Of Good Fortune
G3 Heroin
G4 Too Late
G5 Buttercup Song
G6 Walk Alone
G7 Buzz Buzz Buzz
G8 Pale Blue Eyes
G9 Stockpile
G10 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
G11 I'm Waiting For The Man (May 1965 Alternate Version)
G12 Gee Whiz (1958 Rehearsal)
G13 Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (1963/64 Home Recordings)
G14 Michael, Row The Boat Ashore
G15 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Partial)
G16 W & X, Y, Z Blues
G17 Lou's 12-Bar Instrumental
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