Words & Music, May 1965: Pink Vinyl LP (UK Exclusive)
Words & Music, May 1965: Pink Vinyl LP (UK Exclusive)
Lou Reed

Words & Music, May 1965: Pink Vinyl LP (UK Exclusive)

LITA188-1-3
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Label: Light in the Attic
Release Date: 26th August

LITA present a true musical artefact in the form of early Lou Reed recordings, songs that would later go on to change music forever and contribute to albums that would influence and change music forever.

  • All tracks previously unreleased.
  • Produced in partnership with Laurie Anderson and the Lou Reed Archive.
  • Inaugural release in Light in the Attic’s Lou Reed Archive Series.
  • Features the earliest-known recordings of “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Pale Blue Eyes" and “Heroin" as made famous by The Velvet Underground.
  • Includes seven unheard Lou Reed compositions.
  • Remastered from the original analog tapes by GRAMMY®-nominated engineer John Baldwin.
  • Package designed by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artist Masaki Koike.
  • Vinyl pressed at RTI.
  • LP available on Standard Black Wax plus a Special Limited Color Edition.
  • LP & CD include booklets featuring lyrics, archival photos, and liner notes by Greil Marcus, Don Fleming and Jason Stern (LP: 20-pgs, CD: 60-pgs)


Released in tandem with the late artist’s 80th birthday celebrations, the album offers an extraordinary, unvarnished, and plainly poignant insight into one of America’s true poet-songwriters. Capturing Reed in his formative years, this previously unreleased collection of songs—penned by a young Lou Reed, recorded to tape with the help of future bandmate John Cale, and mailed to himself as a “poor man’s copyright”—remained sealed in its original envelope and unopened for nearly 50 years. Its contents embody some of the most vital, groundbreaking contributions to American popular music committed to tape in the 20th century. Through examination of these songs rooted firmly in the folk tradition, we see clearly Lou’s lasting influence on the development of modern American music – from punk to art-rock and everything in between. A true time capsule, these recordings not only memorialize the nascent sparks of what would become the seeds of the incredibly influential Velvet Underground; they also cement Reed as a true observer with an innate talent for synthesizing and distilling the world around him into pure sonic poetry.

I'm Waiting for the Man - May 1965 Demo
Men of Good Fortune - May 1965 Demo
Heroin - May 1965 Demo
Too Late - May 1965 Demo
Buttercup Song - May 1965 Demo
Walk Alone - May 1965 Demo
Buzz Buzz Buzz - May 1965 Demo
Pale Blue Eyes - May 1965 Demo
Stockpile - May 1965 Demo
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - May 1965 Demo


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