Lou Reed / Remastered RCA & Arista box being issued as 6LP vinyl set


Many of us are looking forward to the release of the 17CD Lou Reed RCA & Arista Album Collection box set which is due next month, but what wasn’t mentioned when this was announced is that there will also be a vinyl box set edition issued in November…

The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol 1 is a six-LP set, which features the newly remastered audio (created under Reed’s supervision, shortly before his death) of the following albums: Transformer (1972); Berlin (1973); Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal (1974); Coney Island Baby (1976); Street Hassle (1978) and The Blue Mask from 1982.

These are apparently 150g pressings and the package comes with a 30-page book. “Vol 1” clearly suggests that another Lou Reed vinyl box may be delivered in the future.

The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol 1 will be released on 18 November 2016.



Disc: 1
1. Vicious
2. Andy’s Chest
3. Perfect Day
4. Hangin’ ‘Round
5. Walk On the Wild Side

Disc: 2
1. Make Up
2. Satellite of Love
3. Wagon Wheel
4. New York Telephone Conversation
5. I’m So Free
6. Goodnight Ladies

Disc: 3
1. Berlin
2. Lady Day
3. Men of Good Fortune
4. Caroline Says I
5. How Do You Think It Feels
6. Oh Jim

Disc: 4
1. Caroline Says II
2. The Kids
3. The Bed
4. Sad Song

Disc: 5
1. Intro / Sweet Jane
2. Heroin

Disc: 6
1. White Light / White Heat
2. Lady Day
3. Rock ‘N’ Roll

Disc: 7
1. Crazy Feeling
2. Charley’s Girl
3. She’s My Best Friend
4. Kicks

Disc: 8
1. A Gift
2. Ooohhh Baby
3. Nobody’s Business
4. Coney Island Baby

Disc: 9
1. Gimmie Some Good Times
2. Dirt
3. Street Hassle

Disc: 10
1. I Wanna Be Black
2. Real Good Time Together
3. Shooting Star
4. Leave Me Alone
5. Wait

Disc: 11
1. My House
2. Women
3. Underneath the Bottle
4. The Gun
5. The Blue Mask

Disc: 12
1. Average Guy
2. The Heroine
3. Waves of Fear
4. The Day John Kennedy Died
5. Heavenly Arms


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mitchell feldstein

clearly the most “popular” of his records were included in the vinyl box.
i have all the stuff on vinyl.bought the CD box as don’t have several on CD and was curious about the remastering.i for one hope it is new remastering that lou did in fact have an ear in doing.i have never heard the dreadful remastering mentioned in a post above.
i did recently buy the cd’s of “the blue mask” supervised by paul williams and ‘legendary hearts” an ikon/classic.and neither sound “right” one and i can’t remember which also sounds like i think what a needle drop is.it seems like you can hear vinyl in the beginning.

even though a “set the twilight reeling” and “ecstasy” were not analogue recording i would still like to have them in vinyl.


And where is his first solo album on RCA (1972) ??????

Graham Piazza

Yes, I agree with Brian and Peter. The omission of Metal Music Machine is a deal breaker.
No marbles or scarf either.



“which features the newly remastered audio (created under Reed’s supervision, shortly before his death)”

Which means in clear they used the dreadful Vlad Meller remasters available since last year on various online HD music retailers (HDTracks, Qobuz…). Be prepared…


Why not issue all of the RCA/Arista albums on vinyl from the start? Seems strange to include some and not others, based on what, perceived popularity? I’m sure even Metal Machine Music has its die-hard fans waiting for a 2-LP release.


What! No Metal Machine Music? I’m not buying, then.


I don’t think this will sell at all. It’s ridiculous that the vinyl collection is not in chronological order. Ideally, this set should have included his entire ’70’s output and packaged like Bowie’s “Five Years” set.

1. Lou Reed (April 1972)
2. Transformer (November 1972)
3. Berlin (July 1973)
4. Rock n Roll Animal (live – February 1974)
5. Sally Can’t Dance (August 1974)
6. Metal Machine Music (July 1975)
7. Coney Island Baby (December 1975)
8. Rock and Roll Heart (October 1976)
9. Street Hassle (February 1978)
10. Take No Prisoners (November 1978)
11. The Bells (April 1979)
12. Lou Reed Live (March 1975)
13. American Poet – live 1972 (June 2001)

… now that I would buy without any hesitation.


No Metal Machine Music?


Its curious that they include arguably his most famous records in volume 1. Dont know how much interest will be for volume 2 and 3.