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Words & Music, May 1965

    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.

    “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.

    Featuring contributions from Reed’s future bandmate, John Cale, Words & Music, May 1965 presents in their entirety the earliest-known recordings of such historic songs as “Heroin,” “I’m Waiting for the Man,” and “Pale Blue Eyes”—all of which Reed would eventually record and make indelibly influential with the Velvet Underground. Also included are several more previously-unreleased compositions that offer additional insight into Reed’s creative process and early influences. Produced by Laurie Anderson, Don Fleming, Jason Stern, Hal Willner, and Matt Sullivan, the album features newly-remastered audio from the original tape by GRAMMY®-nominated engineer, John Baldwin. Rounding out the package are new liner notes from acclaimed journalist and author, Greil Marcus, plus in-depth archival notes from Don Fleming and Jason Stern, who oversee the Lou Reed Archive, while the release has been designed by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artist Masaki Koike.

    ● 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.
    ● Remastered from the original analog tapes by GRAMMY®-nominated engineer John Baldwin.
    ● Package designed by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artist Masaki Koike.
    ● Vinyl pressed at RTI.
    ● LP available on Standard Black Wax plus a Special Limited Color Edition.
    ● LP & CD include booklets featuring lyrics, archival photos, and liner notes by Greil Marcus, Don Fleming and Jason Stern (LP: 20-pgs, CD: 60-pgs)
    ● CD & Cassette include 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


    TRACK LISTING

    I'm Waiting For The Man - May 1965 Demo
    Men Of Good Fortune - May 1965 Demo
    Heroin - May 1965 Demo
    Too Late - May 1965 Demo
    Buttercup Song - May 1965 Demo
    Walk Alone - May 1965 Demo
    Buzz Buzz Buzz - May 1965 Demo
    Pale Blue Eyes - May 1965 Demo
    Stockpile - May 1965 Demo
    Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams - May 1965 Demo
    I'm Waiting For The Man - May 1965 Alternate Version (CD/Cassette Only)
    Gee Whiz - 1958 Rehearsal (CD/Cassette Only)
    Baby, Let Me Follow You Down - 1963/64 Home Recording (CD/Cassette Only)
    Michael, Row The Boat Ashore - 1963/64 Home Recording (CD/Cassette Only)
    Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Partial) - 1963/64 Home Recording (CD/Cassette Only)
    W & X, Y, Z Blues - 1963/64 Home Recording (CD/Cassette Only)
    Lou's 12-Bar Instrumental - 1963/64 Home Recording (CD/Cassette Only)

    Lou Reed

    Words & Music, May 1965 - Deluxe Edition

      ● 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 vinyl at RTI (NON-RETURNABLE)
      ● 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. 

      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.


      TRACK LISTING

      I'm Waiting For The Man - May 1965 Demo
      Men Of Good Fortune - May 1965 Demo
      Heroin - May 1965 Demo
      Too Late - May 1965 Demo
      Buttercup Song - May 1965 Demo
      Walk Alone - May 1965 Demo
      Buzz Buzz Buzz - May 1965 Demo
      Pale Blue Eyes - May 1965 Demo
      Stockpile - May 1965 Demo
      Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams - May 1965 Demo
      I'm Waiting For The Man - May 1965 Alternate Version
      Gee Whiz - 1958 Rehearsal
      Baby, Let Me Follow You Down - 1963/64 Home Recording
      Michael, Row The Boat Ashore - 1963/64 Home Recording
      Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Partial) - 1963/64 Home Recording
      W & X, Y, Z Blues - 1963/64 Home Recording
      Lou's 12-Bar Instrumental - 1963/64 Home Recording

      Lou Reed

      I'm So Free: 1971 RCA Demos (RSD22 EDITION)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        On October 27th, 1971, Lou Reed walked into the first recording session of his solo career. I'm So Free: The 1971 RCA Demosis a collection of those rare recordings. This is Reed as few have ever heard him: the songwriter at work, pure and alone, before the noise, swagger and legend. Released on vinyl for the first time, the 13 tracks on this LP are an unprecedented addition to Reed's rock & roll life on record.

        His next four decades - more than 30 studio and concert albums of lyric challenge, incendiary guitar and iron-willed vision until his death in October, 2013 - start here.

        The final iteration of these demos can be found across Reed's discography including S/T, Transformer, Berlin, and Sally Can't Dance.

        Lou Reed And Kris Kristofferson

        The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words: With Vin Scelsa (3LP) (RSD22 EDITION)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Limited quantity 3LP set of Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson's set from 1994 at the famed Bottom Line in NYC. We bring you another historic, once-in-a-lifetime meeting taking place during the winter of 94 on that venerable Bottom Line stage. Culled from an evening that also included Suzanne Vega and Victoria Williams, there was perhaps no other pairing more perfectly suited to the In Their Own Words platform than this singular meeting of Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson.

          As much a course in music history and songwriting as a performance, and years before VH1's Storytellers series, Allan Pepper and Vin Sclesa's ITOW series afforded the audience a window into the minds of their favorite songsmiths, in a run that lasted from May of 1990 until March of 2003. The two songsmiths in question were born and raised in two very different worlds - Lou Reed in the jungles of New York City and Kris Kristofferson in the heart of the Southland. Still, both men demanded total artistic freedom and created raw, brutally honest art that addressed strikingly similar issues of struggles - with loneliness and alienation, addiction and recovery, love and loss, good and evil, vulnerability and hopelessness - painfully aware of contradictions and critical of hypocrisy, painting pictures of characters known or imagined, yet always finding the humanity in our faults and weaknesses during our darkest hours. Through the lens of their music, Lou and Kris view the human condition with a sense of humility and no small amount of humor, which was always close at hand.

          Lou Reed

          New York - 2021 Reissue

            Lou Reed’s fiftieth solo album features many of his biggest hits - "Dirty Blvd" which went #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks upon release in 1989. It features Reed musing on everything from AIDS, urban blight, racism, AIDS, child abuse, Jesse Jackson, Donald Trump, the environment and other societal ills, delivered with humour and empathy. 

            TRACK LISTING

            LP1
            Side A:
            1. Romeo Had Juliette (2020 Remaster)
            2. Halloween Parade (2020 Remaster)
            3. Dirty Blvd. (2020 Remaster)
            4. Endless Cycle (2020 Remaster)
            Side B:
            1. There Is No Time (2020 Remaster)
            2. Last Great American Whale (2020 Remaster)
            3. Beginning Of A Great Adventure (2020 Remaster)

            LP2
            Side A:
            1. Busload Of Faith (2020 Remaster)
            2. Sick Of You (2020 Remaster)
            3. Hold On (2020 Remaster)
            4. Good Evening Mr. Waldeheim (2020 Remaster)
            Side B:
            1. Xmas In February (2020 Remaster)
            2. Strawman (2020 Remaster)
            3. Dime Store Mystery (2020 Remaster)

            Lou Reed

            Coney Island Baby - 2021 Coloured Vinyl Edition

              Coney Island Baby is the sixth solo studio album by Lou Reed, released December 1975 in the US, and in January 1976 in the UK, by RCA Records. The album has been described as "perhaps the most romantic album of Reed's career". Many of the album's songs were inspired by and dedicated to Reed's girlfriend and muse at the time, a trans woman named Rachel Humphreys but Coney Island Baby is "as much a love letter to Rachel as it was to the nostalgic Coney Island of the mind." 

              Lou Reed

              Transformer

                Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, also handling guitar duties on all songs, "Transformer" was Lou Reed's second solo album, but the first containing new songs (his debut consisted reworks of songs he wrote in his Velvet Underground days). "Transformer" is considered Lou Reed's signature album and includes his most known songs as "Satellite of Love", "Vicious"(inspired by Andy Warhol) and "Perfect Day". Rumours has it that, though not credited on the album, "Wagon Wheel" is actually written by David Bowie.






                TRACK LISTING

                A1 Vicious (2:55)
                A2 Andy's Chest (3:17)
                A3 Perfect Day (3:45)
                A4 Hangin' 'Round (3:32)
                A5 Walk On The Wild Side (4:13)

                B1 Make Up (2:56)
                B2 Wagon Wheel (3:19)
                B3 Satellite Of Love (3:39)
                B4 New York Telephone Conversation (1:32)
                B5 I'm So Free (3:08)
                B6 Goodnight Ladies (4:20)

                Lou Reed

                The Raven

                  Lou Reed's 2003 album, and 19th solo album "The Raven", is a concept album, recounting the short stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. The album which features guest vocals from Laurie Anderson and David Bowie (amongst others) This is the first time "The Raven" will appear on vinyl.

                  Lou Reed

                  Ecstasy

                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                    Heavyweight Double LP reissue of Lou Reed’s 18th and final (non-collaborative) solo rock album “Ecstasy”, released in 2000.


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