Aside from the cool news that Loaded, the Velvet Underground classic would be receiving a large dose of love, it always amazed me that the labels never went into their Lou Reed holdings after he passed away. I always thought that there would be some kind of love applied to not only the obvious – vis-à-vis Transformer, maybe even, Rock and Roll Animal – but to all of the brilliant Lou Reed solo library. I’m not a fan of much after The Bells, but still, all of his albums mean something to one person or another. I LOVE Sally Can’t Dance, and most people do not.
It never happened. We never got a re-visitation of any Lou Reed albums. I’m still saddened over this fact, even ashamed.
Nevertheless, Warner Brothers has assembled a complete Sire Years collection to be spread over ten CDs. I’ve only received notification on this today. Other than the assumption that the seven Sire albums (New York – 1989, Songs for Drella – 1990, Magic And Loss – 1992, Set The Twilight Reeling – 1996, Perfect Night – Live In London – 1998, Ecstasy – 2000, The Raven – 2003, Animal Serenade – 2004) will be included.
In 2014, Rhino released The Sire Years: The Solo Collection with six CDs. This year, Rhino will release the new set, The Sire Years – Complete Albums Box on October 30 in a “quirky” clamshell box.