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Lou Reed Archive

Words & Music, May 1965 - Limited Die-Cut Edition CD

Words & Music, May 1965 - Limited Die-Cut Edition CD

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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

  • 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
  • CD includes 60-page booklet featuring lyrics, archival photos, and liner notes by Greil Marcus, Don Fleming and Jason Stern
  • CD includes 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

CD TRACKLISTING:

  1. I’m Waiting for the Man - May 1965 Demo
  2. Men of Good Fortune - May 1965 Demo
  3. Heroin - May 1965 Demo
  4. Too Late - May 1965 Demo
  5. Buttercup Song - May 1965 Demo
  6. Walk Alone - May 1965 Demo
  7. Buzz Buzz Buzz - May 1965 Demo
  8. Pale Blue Eyes - May 1965 Demo
  9. Stockpile - May 1965 Demo
  10. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - May 1965 Demo
  11. I’m Waiting for the Man - May 1965 Alternate Version
  12. Gee Whiz - 1958 Rehearsal
  13. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down - 1963/64 Home Recordings
  14. Michael, Row The Boat Ashore - 1963/64 Home Recordings
  15. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Partial) - 1963/64 Home Recordings
  16. W & X, Y, Z Blues - 1963/64 Home Recordings
  17. Lou’s 12-Bar Instrumental - 1963/64 Home Recordings

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.

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