Out Now and Streaming Everywhere: Lou Reed ‘Words & Music, May 1965,’ ft. Rare Material (Listen/Buy)


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Last month saw the release of Words & Music, May 1965 — a collection of some never-before-heard material from Lou Reed — on digital platforms.

The collection has since seen a physical release, available now in a variety of formats:

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More about the collection championing some rare material from the legendary artist, per a news release:

Words & Music, May 1965 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.

Here’s the track listing for the Deluxe Edition, so you can get an idea of the scope of this release:

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Audiophile 45 RPM 12” LP (Record #1):

A1. I’m Waiting for the Man – May 1965 Demo
A2. Men of Good Fortune – May 1965 Demo
B1. Heroin – May 1965 Demo
B2. Too Late – May 1965 Demo
B3. Buttercup Song – May 1965 Demo

Audiophile 45 RPM 12” LP (Record #2):

C1. Walk Alone – May 1965 Demo
C2. Buzz Buzz Buzz – May 1965 Demo
C3. Pale Blue Eyes – May 1965 Demo
D1. Stockpile – May 1965 Demo
D2. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams – May 1965 Demo
D3. I’m Waiting for the Man – May 1965 Alternate Version

7″ 45 RPM EP

A1. Gee Whiz – 1958 Rehearsal
A2. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down – 1963/64 Home Recordings
B1. Michael, Row The Boat Ashore – 1963/64 Home Recordings
B2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Partial) – 1963/64 Home Recordings
B3. W & X, Y, Z Blues – 1963/64 Home Recordings
B4. Lou’s 12-Bar Instrumental – 1963/64 Home Recordings



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