Hearken to earliest recognized Lou Reed demo of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin’

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Lou Reed‘s earliest recognized demo of The Velvet Underground‘s ‘Heroin’ has been launched.

The 1965 take of the observe, which you’ll be able to take heed to under, was put to tape by the late legendary singer-songwriter almost two years earlier than its launch on his former band’s landmark debut album ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’.

It’s the newest style of the forthcoming ‘Phrases & Music, Might 1965’, an archival assortment which is about to be launched on August 26 by way of Gentle In The Attic on what would have been the late singer-songwriter’s eightieth birthday.

The uncommon demo finds Reed accompanying himself on guitar and structurally, it’s the similar because the album model however it’s greater than three minutes shorter.

It follows an early demo of ‘I’m Ready For The Man’, which was shared final month.

The songs on the album have been written by Reed and recorded to tape by his future Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale. Reed posted the tape to himself as a “poor man’s copyright” and it remained sealed in its authentic envelope for almost 50 years.

Elsewhere on the tracklist are beforehand unreleased demos together with ‘Buttercup Music’, ‘Buzz Buzz Buzz’ and ‘Stockpile’. ‘Phrases & Music, Might 1965’ will probably be launched in quite a lot of codecs together with LP, cassette, 8-track, digital and CD.

A deluxe 45-RPM double LP version of the album will probably be restricted to 7,500 copies worldwide and can embody two 12-inch LPs, a bonus 7-inch together with six previously-unreleased bonus tracks together with a canopy of Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Suppose Twice, It’s All Proper’, a saddle-stitched, die-cut 28-page guide that includes lyrics, archival photographs and liner notes, and an archival replica of a rarely-seen letter written by Reed to his faculty professor and poet Delmore Schwartz, circa 1964.

All codecs will probably be launched on August 26, whereas a six-song digital EP ‘Gee Whiz, 1958-1964’ will arrive on October 7 and can characteristic the bonus content material from the aforementioned 7-inch.

You’ll find additional info on the discharge and its completely different codecs, and pre-order the album, right here.


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