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  • Summary: The 22-track Lou Reed archive release features previously unreleased songs that were on an reel-to-reel tape he sent to his parents house to copyright the songs and currently held by the New York Public Library.
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  1. Sep 19, 2022
    100
    Previously unheard on any other archival release, these versions genuinely add to his already considerable myth.
  2. Aug 26, 2022
    100
    The contents, which comprise the first volume of the Lou Reed Archival Series, are of enormous cultural significance – fascinating, extraordinary, at times revelatory.
  3. 90
    A fascinating and entirely listenable record of an imminently great talent. [Sep 2022, p.80]
  4. Aug 26, 2022
    80
    These sketches give a sense of how Reed’s songs would be finessed. The less familiar tunes reverse the telescope, throwing the focus on the way Reed bullworked his writing muscles, toying with novelty and genre. ... What these early sketches show is that by combining novelty and song craft with the soul of a poet, Reed could reach higher. [Sep 2022, p.42]
  5. Aug 31, 2022
    80
    Overall, the album does a fantastic job of showing us where Lou Reed was in 1965.
  6. Aug 26, 2022
    80
    They capture Reed’s early processes, fragments of ideas that would morph into his definitive work. ... We sense that all that remained for Reed to do was to become Lou.
  7. Aug 26, 2022
    70
    If you're a historically minded Lou Reed completist, Words & Music, May 1965 is a must. Others are advised to approach with caution and keep their expectations in check.

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