By Jeff Cornell
Legacy Recordings will release a comprehensive Lou Reed box set next month. The 17-disc collection features his entire recorded catalog with RCA and Arista between 1972 and 1986.
Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection will be released on October 7 and is available for pre-order at iTunes. The effort is the first comprehensive anthology featuring the first 16 solo albums recorded by the late-singer and songwriter following the break-up of the Velvet Underground.
The collection features Reed’s 1972 self-titled debut and it’s follow-up Transformer, which spawned the classic songs “Perfect Day,” “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Satellite of Love.” Other iconic albums featured in the set include Berlin, Coney Island Baby, New Sensations and the 1978 effort Lou Reed Live: Take No Prisoners. See the complete track list below.
Reed personally oversaw the remastering process, finishing the project shortly before he passed away in 2013 at the age of 71. His wife Laurie Anderson said, “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.”
The anthology contains 16 full-length albums on 17 compact discs in addition to an 80-page hard-bound book featuring memorabilia from Lou’s personal archives, rarely seen photos and artwork and interviews with Reed conducted during his years as a recording artist for RCA and Arista. It also boasts five 8″x10″ prints and a reproduction of a rare RCA promotional poster.
A special collectible six-LP vinyl edition will be available on Friday, November 18. Each of the albums will be pressed on high fidelity 150gram vinyl and housed in a reproduction of the album’s original packaging including a 30 page book.
LOU REED – THE RCA & ARISTA ALBUM COLLECTION
1. Lou Reed (April 1972)
2. Transformer (November 1972)
3. Berlin (July 1973)
4. Rock n Roll Animal (Live – February 1974)
5. Sally Can’t Dance (August 1974)
6. Metal Machine Music (July 1975)
7. Coney Island Baby (December 1975)
8. Rock and Roll Heart (October 1976)
9. Street Hassle (February 1978)
10. Lou Reed Live Take No Prisoners (2 CDs – November 1978)
11. The Bells (April 1979)
12. Growing Up in Public (April 1980)
13. The Blue Mask (February 1982)
14. Legendary Hearts (March 1983)
15. New Sensations (April 1984)
16. Mistrial (June 1986)