Lou Reed has finalised details of the digitally re-mastered edition of his seminal 1975 album 'Metal Machine Music.' Reed will release the ground breaking album in the UK on April 19th on his independent label 'Sister Ray' in the following three formats - double gatefold vinyl in quadraphonic sound, audio DVD and Blu-ray.
The album coincides with Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio UK concerts at the Cambridge Junction (April 17), Oxford O2 Academy (April 18) and London Royal Festival Hall (April 19, part of the Ether Festival).
Lou did the digital re-mastering from the original multi-tracks with the help of world-renowned mastering guru, Scott Hull. This is a new and improved re-mastered version, and is different from all previous releases on the RCA, Buddha and Sony affiliated labels.
Says Reed, "The out of print 'Quad' release has been replicated for all formats, including a perfect vinyl version playable on your stereo turntable with the original rear sections moved to the center of the front left/right speakers. It's worth getting a turntable to hear this. We worked from digital transfers (95k 24bit) made from the original analogue masters. The original label supplied us with these files and photo copies of the analogue reels including copies of Bob Ludwig's mastering notes."
Although the Metal Machine Music album will be reissued just in time for Reed's Metal Machine Trio UK concerts, MM3 will not perform music from the legendary album, but instead will perform music loosely based on, and inspired by, the 1975 album.