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Words & Music, May 1965 - Deluxe Edition + T-Shirt + Lithograph Bundle

Words & Music, May 1965 - Deluxe Edition + T-Shirt + Lithograph Bundle

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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


Words & Music Black T-Shirt printed on Comfort Colors featuring album artwork and cloth tag designed by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artist Masaki Koike


Words & Music limited edition heavy stock 18x24 screenprinted lithograph featuring album artwork by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artist Masaki Koike.

Each lithograph will be hand numbered and signed by Masaki.

Deluxe LP:

  • 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
  • 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

Audiophile 45 RPM 12” LP (Record #1): 

A1.  I’m Waiting for the Man - May 1965 Demo

A2.  Men of Good Fortune - May 1965 Demo

B1.  Heroin - May 1965 Demo

B2.  Too Late - May 1965 Demo

B3.  Buttercup Song - May 1965 Demo


Audiophile 45 RPM 12” LP (Record #2): 

C1.  Walk Alone - May 1965 Demo

C2.  Buzz Buzz Buzz - May 1965 Demo

C3.  Pale Blue Eyes - May 1965 Demo

D1.  Stockpile - May 1965 Demo

D2.  Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - May 1965 Demo

D3.  I’m Waiting for the Man - May 1965 Alternate Version


7" 45 RPM EP

A1.  Gee Whiz - 1958 Rehearsal

A2.  Baby, Let Me Follow You Down - 1963/64 Home Recordings

B1.  Michael, Row The Boat Ashore - 1963/64 Home Recordings

B2.  Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Partial) - 1963/64 Home Recordings

B3.  W & X, Y, Z Blues - 1963/64 Home Recordings  

B4.  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. 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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