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Lou Reed
Words & Music, May 1965
Light In The Attic
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August 26, 2022


Light In The Attic kick off their new Lou Reed Archives series and celebrate what would have been the man’s 80th birthday with a selection of tracks from an unbelievably fruitful spring month in 1965. Included among these treasures are some of Reed’s earliest takes on classic Velvet Underground songs like ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’, ‘Pale Blue Eyes’, and ‘Heroin’, as well as several previously unheard sketches. Sealed in an envelope sent to himself as a means of primitive copyright, these tapes (with help from John Cale), had remained untouched until now.

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 & 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
Limited first CD edition housed in special die-cut jacket
Tracks 1-10: Special Colour LP Edition / Standard LP Edition / 8-Track
Tracks 1-17: CD / Cassette

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