The Last Great Reed's Work
Legacy Recordings has announced Lou Reed- The RCA & Arista Album Collection a forthcoming box set collecting sixteen of the late Lou Reed's solo albums. It will be released on October 7. Reed spent the months prior to his death in 2013 remastering each of the LPs, which include Transformer, Berlin, Rock'n' Roll Animal, among many others.
The collection includes five 8-by-10 art prints and a reproduction of a rare promotional poster. It also features 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 explained the significance of the collection in a statement. "Our first date was a trip to the AES (Audio Engineering Society) convention," she said. "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”. And added: "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."
Similarly, producer Hal Willner wrote in the box set's liner notes how gratifying it was to watch Reed listen to many of his past works, as they remastered the albums in June and July of 2013.
Willner and Anderson have also curated an event in tribute to Reed in New York City this summer. The Bells: A Day Long Celebration of Lou Reed will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on July 30th as part of Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival.