Remastered Lou Reed album collection announced

Box set includes up to 16 records plus memorabilia

Remastered versions of 16 of Lou Reed‘s albums are set to be released.

Entitled  ‘Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection’, the forthcoming box set will be released on October 7 in the US. A UK release date is set to be finalised.

The collection includes the 14 studio albums Reed recorded for RCA and Arista between 1972 and 1986, from his self-titled album to 1986’s ‘Mistrial’. It also includes the live albums ‘Rock N Roll Animal’ and ‘Lou Reed Live: Take No Prisoners’.


The recordings were remastered by Reed in the months before his death in October 2013. The box set will be accompanied by memorabilia from his archive, photos and artwork and liner notes written by longtime collaborator Hal Willner.  

“Lou put his heart into remastering these records,” Laurie Anderson, Reed’s widow, said. “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.”

Reed died in October 2013 after suffering from liver disease. The Lincoln Center hosted a public memorial for the Velvet Underground musician shortly after his death.

Anderson previously announced that she will curate a tribute concert to her late husband. The event, named ‘The Bells’ after one of Reed’s songs, will take place at New York’s Lincoln Center on July 30. 

While its line-up is yet to be revealed, the organisers have announced that Anderson and Willner, are overseeing the celebration, which will feature live music, screenings of films related to the musician, lyric readings by artists and actors and an all-day broadcast of his music.