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Deluxe reissue of Lou Reed's classic 1989 album 'New York' due out in September


The late Lou Reed‘s critically acclaimed, popular 1989 album New York will be reissued as a deluxe, expanded multiple-disc set on September 25.

New York is Reed’s only studio effort to be certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. The collection of gritty tunes includes “Dirty Blvd.,” which topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks, as well as other standouts like “Busload of Faith,” “Romeo Had Juliette” and “Last Great American Whale.” Lou’s old Velvet Underground band mate Mo Tucker contributed percussion to two songs — “Last Great American Whale” and “Dime Store Mystery.”

The New York: Deluxe Edition set features three CDs, a concert DVD and two vinyl LPs.

The CDs include a newly remastered version of the original album; a disc with previously unreleased live renditions of all 14 songs from New York recorded at various shows; and a disc featuring unreleased demo versions and rough mixes of many of the album’s tunes, a non-LP track and live performances of two classic earlier Reed songs — “Sweet Jane” and “Walk on the Wild Side.”

The DVD features The New York Album concert video, previously only released on VHS and laser disc, which documents a 1990 show Lou played in Montreal that included an entire performance of the record. The DVD also boasts an archival audio interview with Reed.

The LPs feature the remastered New York album pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

New York: Deluxe Edition comes packaged with a hardcover book featuring new liner notes by respected music journalist David Fricke, essays and more. Fans who order the collection from will receive a cassette version of the album.

Here’s the track list for the New York: Deluxe Edition set’s CDs:

Disc One: Original Album (2020 Remaster)
“Romeo Had Juliette”
“Halloween Parade”
“Dirty Blvd.”
“Endless Cycle”
“There Is No Time”
“Last Great American Whale”
“Beginning of a Great Adventure”
“Busload of Faith”
“Sick of You”
“Hold On”
“Good Evening Mr. Waldheim”
“Xmas in February”
“Dime Store Mystery”

Disc Two: New York — Live
“Romeo Had Juliette”*
“Halloween Parade”*
“Dirty Blvd.”*
“Endless Cycle”*
“There Is No Time”*
“Last Great American Whale”*
“Beginning of a Great Adventure”*
“Busload of Faith”*
“Sick of You”*
“Hold On”*
“Good Evening Mr. Waldheim”*
“Xmas in February”*
“Dime Store Mystery”*

Disc Three: Works in Progress/Singles/Encore
“Romeo Had Juliette” (7″ Version)
“Dirty Blvd.” (Work Tape)*
“Dirty Blvd.” (Rough Mix)*
“Endless Cycle” (Work Tape)*
“Last Great American Whale” (Work Tape)*
“Beginning of a Great Adventure” (Rough Mix)*
“Busload of Faith” (Solo Version)*
“Sick of You” (Work Tape)*
“Sick of You” (Rough Mix)*
“Hold On” (Rough Mix)*
“Strawman” (Rough Mix)*
“The Room” (Non-LP Track)
“Sweet Jane” (Live Encore)*
“Walk on the Wild Side” (Live Encore)*

* = previously unreleased.

By Matt Friedlander
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