An insanely wonderful legacy in music – almost all of the important solo albums by Lou Reed – packaged here in one fantastically-done deluxe set! The sounds alone are worth the price of admission – music that begins with early post-Velvet Underground material recorded for RCA
– with Reed reinventing himself as a gender-twisting poet of the New York scene – to a run of overlooked albums for Arista, where Reed deepened his skills as a songwriter – to an 80s return to RCA
, where the singer emerged with a new sort of mature, positive outlook! Lou's a genius at every step of the way – and continues that here with his supervision of all the albums, and this overall package – done before his passing away, and his last legacy on record. Hal Willner also helped put the project together, and contributes beautiful notes to the 80 page hardbound book – which is filled with rare photos, art and other items from Reed's personal collection – and the heavy LP-sized box also features five 8" x 10" prints, and a reproduction of a rare RCA
promotional poster. Features the albums Lou Reed, Transformer, Berlin, Rock & Roll Animal, Sally Can't Dance, Metal Machine Music, Coney Island Baby, Rock & Roll Heart, Street Hassle, Take No Prisoners, The Bells, Growing Up In Public, Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts, New Sensations, and Mistrial.
(Includes all the extras! Box has some very light wear, but is pretty great overall. One sleeve, the 2LP live album, has a very small rip – but overall the set is in wonderful shape.)