If you have been waiting for a box-set of Lou Reed’s albums, the wait is almost over. Set to be released on October 7, Lou Reed –The RCA & Arista Album Collection is a box set library of 16 studio and live albums from 1972 to 1986. These albums were written, recorded, and often produced by Reed as a solo act after Velvet Underground’s breakup in 1972.
The box-set liner notes say that this was Reed’s last project. He directed the remastering of his RCA and Arista Records solo albums.
“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.”
Reed’s wife remembers: “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,” said Laurie Anderson, American musician/composer/performance artist and Lou Reed’s wife and partner for twenty-one years. “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. 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”.