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Lou Reed’s Hudson River Wind Meditations Set for First Vinyl Launch

Lou Reed’s last solo album, ‘Hudson River Wind Meditations’, might be getting its first vinyl launch in January. 

‘Hudson River Wind Meditations’, initially launched in 2007, is a set of ambient and drone recordings from the late Velvet Underground frontman, and was his final solo studio album.

Helmed by Seattle impartial label Gentle In The Attic, at the side of the Lou Reed Archive and Reed’s spouse, Laurie Anderson, the vinyl launch marks the album’s first-ever, and is scheduled to drop on January 12. The album isn’t at present out there on streaming platforms.

The package deal comes with remastered audio, liner notes from yoga teacher Eddie Stern, and an unreleased interview with Anderson. Deluxe variations of the vinyl can even include 5 8×10 pictures of New York Metropolis’s Hudson River by Reed himself.

Within the album’s authentic liner notes, Reed wrote: “I first composed this music… to play within the background of life—to exchange the on a regular basis cacophony with new and ordered sounds of an unpredictable nature.”

In a press release for the re-release, Anderson elaborated additional: “I suppose by ‘life,’ he meant one thing like what Brian Eno may imply–ambient music that colours the air in very attention-grabbing methods. For me, it resets my brainwaves.”

“In Tibetan Buddhism teachings, coronary heart and thoughts are the identical phrase – citta – near the chi of Tai Chi, which is pure vitality,” she added. “This music is pure vitality; it breathes out and in. It’s not like right here’s the start: dum da da! And now it develops, and now it ends! Relatively, it’s one lengthy loop that retains altering in delicate methods.”

The vinyl launch of ‘Hudson River Wind Meditations’ is the second work of Reed’s to be reissued this yr. In February, his fourth album with The Velvet Underground, ‘Loaded’, acquired a limited-edition re-release as a nine-LP field set containing stereo, mono and “full-length” mixes of the album alongside demos, outtakes and reside recordings.

Whereas ‘Hudson River Wind Meditations’ was Reed’s final solo album, he later collaborated with Metallica on their 2011 joint full-length, ‘Lulu’. The divisive album garnered such sturdy reactions from listeners, that Reed as soon as expressed that Metallica followers “have threatened to shoot [him]” due to it.

Nonetheless, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has lately doubled down on the hassle, writing in a posthumously launched ebook by Reed: “I can’t fairly determine it out, however years later, it’s aged extraordinarily effectively. It seems like a motherfucker nonetheless. So I can solely put the response all the way down to ignorance.”

Up to now, Ulrich described his band’s expertise working with the Velvet Underground legend as constructive, sustaining that he “wouldn’t change a factor” about it.