16 of Lou Reed’s solo recordings will make up a new box set coming out on October 7th. The RCA & Arista Album Collection includes albums released by Reed between 1972 and 1986. Reed spent the months before his 2013 death remastering the albums.
In addition to 17 discs (live record Take No Prisoners spans two CDs), The RCA & Arista Album Collection includes five 8-by-10 art prints, a reproduction of a rare promotional poster, and an 80-page book that includes memorabilia from Reed’s private collection, interviews with Reed, and rarely seen artwork and photos and liner notes by co-producer Hal Willner.
Musician and Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson says, “Our first date was a trip to the AES (Audio Engineering Society) convention. As wireheads Lou and I loved beautiful recordings and spent years making our studios, instruments and gear the best they could possibly be. Lou put his heart into remastering these records. They are not smoothed out. Sometimes remastering revealed their details and roughness in the most exciting ways. They leap out at you with their original energy.
“I also love the rare images and the great selection of Lou’s words about his music in this collection,” she continued. “Lou was a superb analyst and sharp critic and the interview excerpts bring back his crazy sense of humor, his generosity and his big view of the world and the meaning of music. Anyone who has loved Lou’s music will be so happy to have this. I’m really grateful to Sony for putting this one out.”
Producer Hal Willner wrote in the box set’s liner notes, “This box set was Lou’s last project. Everyone who was in that room or around Lou during this period witnessed a beautiful thing as he enthusiastically relived that whole period of his work with the joy of rediscovery, excitedly pointing out subtleties in sounds he hadn’t heard in years. In retrospect, reminiscing about these sessions done less than four months before he died, the moments seem even more magnified.”
Here is the full list of albums in The RCA & Arista Album Collection:
Lou Reed (April 1972)
Transformer (November 1972)
Berlin (July 1973)
Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal (February 1974)
Sally Can’t Dance (August 1974)
Metal Machine Music (July 1975)
Coney Island Baby (December 1975)
Rock and Roll Heart (October 1976)
Street Hassle (February 1978)
Lou Reed Live: Take No Prisoners (November 1978)
The Bells (April 1979)
Growing Up in Public (April 1980)
The Blue Mask (February 1982)
Legendary Hearts (March 1983)
New Sensations (April 1984)
Mistrial (June 1986)