August 16, 2022

Lou Reed: early "Men of Good Fortune" demo from "Words & Music"

Another example of Lou Reed's early demos has hit the streaming services. This May 1965 version of Men of Good Fortune is folkie in a Bob Dylan kinda way, with a bit of harp thrown in for good measure. He is out of tune more often than not, It will be included on Words & Music on August 26 via Light In The Attic Records in conjunction with the Lou Reed Archive. Words & Music contains homemade lo-fi recordings of songs that would turn up on albums by The Velvet Underground and his solo output. John Cale features on some of the tracks as well. Men of Good Fortune would see the light of day on Berlin in 1973.

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.


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