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Yellow Vinyl LP: Light in the Attic Store
Cassette: Light in the Attic Store
CD/2LP/7" Vinyl Deluxe Edition: Light in the Attic Store
Light in the Attic launches The Lou Reed Archive Series with Words & Music, May 1965. Available on CD, cassette, and multiple vinyl formats, Words & Music will collect some of Reed's earliest and most significant recordings. Produced in cooperation with Reed's widow Laurie Anderson and the Lou Reed Archive, Words & Music features 17 tracks on CD and cassette - all of which are previously unreleased, including seven unheard Reed compositions. The standard vinyl editions present 10 songs dating to May, 1965; the seven bonus tracks on CD, cassette, and deluxe vinyl only go even further back in Reed's history (1958-1963). The collection has been mastered from the original analog tapes by John Baldwin. Greil Marcus and Reed archivists Don Fleming and Jason Stern have all contributed liner notes, and the package has been designed by Masaki Koike. The CD booklet is 60 pages while the LP's booklet is 28 pages. A CD/2-LP/7-inch vinyl Deluxe Edition is also due (the latter with all 17 tracks on CD and vinyl). This foil-numbered Deluxe Edition limited to 7,500 units is housed in a die-cut gatefold printed at Stoughton and contains a 28-page saddle-stitched, die-cut book of lyrics, photos, and liner notes. The vinyl versions have been pressed at RTI.