By Hayden Wright
Since the icon’s death in 2013, the Lou Reed estate has worked to finish Reed’s “final project,” a box set of recordings entitled The RCA & Arista Album Collection. A long and painstaking remaster of tracks from the ’70s and ’80s culminated in the commemorative collection, due for release on October 7. Reed’s wife and collaborator Laurie Anderson said the box set contains the recordings in all their original, imperfect glory.
“Lou put his heart into remastering these records,” she said in a statement. “They are not smoothed out. Sometimes remastering revealed their details and roughness in the most exciting ways. They leap out at you with their original energy.”
Producer Hal Willner said the collection was a labor of love before Reed passed away.
“This box set was Lou’s last project,” he said, according to Rolling Stone. “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.”
The packaging includes unseen photos and liner notes, both new and from the era when Reed’s tracks were recorded.