June 07, 2022

Lou Reed w/ John Cale: "Words & Music" early recordings; stream "I'm Waiting for the Man"

Early demos of Lou Reed penned songs will see the light of day on August 26 via Light In The Attic Records in conjunction with the Lou Reed Archive. Words & Music contains recordings of songs that would turn up on albums by The Velvet Underground. He recorded them with John Cale in May 1965 and on his own at home in 1963/64. Reed mailed the five reel-to-reels to himself to get the copyright for early renditions of tracks like Pale Blue Eyes, Heroin and I'm Waiting for the Man. Also of note is the Cale sung Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, a song that would wind up on Nico's debut album Chelsea Girls. The true oddity however is the inclusion of Gee Wizz, which Reed recorded by as a teenager in 1958.

This is not the first time that early recordings are being released. The first disc of the Peel Slowly And See box set also contains material from 1965.

Words & Music will be released on vinyl (limited yellow, black), deluxe vinyl (45 RPM 2LP), CD, 8-Track, and Digital. The unevitable T-shirts, totebags and slipmats are also available for pre-order.

» loureedarchive.com

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