Six remastered early Lou Reed solo albums to form the first volume of new record collection

'Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection, Vol 1' will feature the albums made by Reed between 1972 and 1982

A new audio box set is being released to commemorate the solo albums of Lou Reed.

As previously reported, the collection was initially announced back in May, but a new release date has now been confirmed. ‘Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection, Vol 1’ will now be released on November 18, and can be pre-ordered now.

The new box set will be comprised of six early Lou Reed albums – all of which were remastered by Reed himself in the months before his death in 2013 – ‘Transformer’ (1972), ‘Berlin’ (1973), ‘Rock n Roll Animal’ (1974), ‘Coney Island Baby’ (1975), ‘Street Hassle’ (1978) and ‘The Blue Mask’ (1982).


The LPs will all be housed in sleeves that are adorned with the original artwork, while the collection also includes a 30-page book featuring previously unseen photos and memorabilia from Reed’s personal archives, as well as added liner notes.

“Lou put his heart into remastering these records,” Laurie Anderson, Reed’s widow, wrote in the collection’s accompanying press release. “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.”