|Lou Reed was only getting started with The Velvet Underground. After the revered New York band dissolved in 1970, Reed began an incredible solo career that firmly established him as one of the most defiant and unpredictable musicians of his generation.|
"Mr. Reed confidently made artistic decisions that other musicians would not have even considered," wrote Ben Ratliff of The New York Times in his obituary for Reed. "He was an aesthetic primitivist with high-end audio obsessions. He was an English major who understood his work as a form of literature, though he distrusted overly poetic pop lyrics, and though distorted electric guitars and drums sometimes drowned out his words."
The many facets of Lou's career--from glam (Transformer, Sally Can't Dance) to avant-garde (Metal Machine Music), jazz (The Bells) to stripped-down rock (The Blue Mask)--are explored on the expansive new 17-disc box set The RCA & Arista Album Collection, available today. This special box features 16 classic studio and live albums released from 1972 to 1986, replicated in CD-size facsimiles of their original album sleeves. Each album was newly remastered under Lou's personal supervision before his passing in October 2013.
Also included in the set is an 80-page hardcover book filled with memorabilia from Lou's personal archives, rare photos and artwork, vintage interviews with Lou and in-depth liner notes penned by longtime friend and the collection's co-producer, Hal Willner. Five frameable art prints and a full-size reproduction of an original RCA promotional poster round out this must-own set.
Check out the contents of The RCA & Arista Album Collection in this new unboxing video, and make sure to add this set to your collection!