17-disc Lou Reed box set to be released in October

loureedcollectionA 17-disc box set containing Lou Reed’s solo albums from 1972 to 1986 is due for release on October 7, Rolling Stone reports.

Remastering the albums for the box set, which producer Hal Willner called Reed’s “last project,” was something Reed was working on in the months leading up to his death.

“Everyone who was in that room or around Lou during this period witnessed a beautiful thing as he enthusiastically relived that whole period of his work with the joy of rediscovery, excitedly pointing out subtleties in sounds he hadn’t heard in years,” Willner says in the set’s liner notes, per Rolling Stone. “In retrospect, reminiscing about these sessions done less than four months before he died, the moments seem even more magnified.”

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The box set, which is entitled The RCA & Arista Album Collection, consists of the following remastered albums:

Lou Reed
Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal
Sally Can’t Dance
Metal Machine Music
Coney Island Baby
Rock and Roll Heart
Street Hassle
Lou Reed Live: Take No Prisoners
The Bells
Growing Up in Public
The Blue Mask
Legendary Hearts
New Sensations

Also included in the set will be an 80-page book that includes some of Reed’s private collection of memorabilia, rare interviews and artwork, and more.

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