Light in the Attic announces Lou Reed Archive Series

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Lou Reed Archive Series

Light in the Attic Records has announced The Lou Reed Archive Series, an archival releases project being released with cooperation from Reed’s widow, experimental musician Laurie Anderson. The archive comprises previously unreleased music from the legendary singer/songwriter, and kicks off with Words & Music, May 1965, which will be released August 26. The set features early recordings of songs that would later appear on The Velvet Underground & Nico and the band’s 1969 self-titled album, and features some of Reed’s earliest collaborations with John Cale. Hear an early demo of “I’m Waiting for the Man” below.

Lou Reed Words & Music, May 1965 tracklist:

– 2xLP –
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)
– 7-inch –
1.  Gee Whiz – (1958 Rehearsal) *
2.  Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (1963/64 Home Recording)
3.  Michael, Row The Boat Ashore (1963/64 Home Recording)
4.  Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Partial) (1963/64 Home Recording)
5.  W & X, Y, Z Blues (1963/64 Home Recording) *
6.  Lou’s 12-Bar Instrumental (1963/64 Home Recording) *

The Velvet Underground’s “I Heard Her Call My Name” is included in our feature, A History of Shoegaze in 45 Essential Songs.

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