Lou Reed with Metal Machine Trio

Rock iconoclast Lou Reed next month will issue a digitally remastered edition of his oft-derided 1975 guitar-feedback opus Metal Machine Music on a trio of audiophile formats, and mark the occasion by taking his Metal Machine Trio to Europe for a brief tour billed as “A Night of Deep Noise.”

The remaster, which ships in mid-February, will feature the original 64-minute slab of noise pressed on 180-gram double-gatefold vinyl, DVD Audio and Blu-ray. All three formats include “a stereo reproduction of the original quadrophonic master,” while the the two digital-disc editions also include discrete four-channel mixes. All three editions end, as the original vinyl version did, in an infinite locked groove.

Reed, in a press statement, observes:

“The original. The one that started it all. Noise rock. Industrial rock. Underground for years, it survived on the power of the idea. No key. No vocals. No set rhythm. Feedback forever. … Faithfully re-mastered to the last squeal. The out of print ‘Quad’ 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 speakers. It’s worth getting a turntable to hear this. I myself bought a Linn to celebrate the great sound and am playing it through Wilson Watts and Puppies. Hear it as we did on Scott Hull’s Duntechs. Straight from the original Bob Ludwig tapes. An act of love for an act of sound.”

In April, the Metal Machine Trio — featuring Reed on “processed and unprocessed” guitars and mini-continuum, Ulrich Krieger on tenor sax and live electronics and Sarth Calhoun on live processing and continuum fingerboard — heads to Europe to play nine concerts. The group won’t attempt to replicate the original album; instead it will “opt for entirely new, unique music, noise and soundscapes.”

The Metal Machine Music reissue can be ordered here.

See full ‘Metal Machine Music’ tracklist and tour dates after the jump…

Lou Reed, 'Metal Machine Music'

Tracklist: Lou Reed, Metal Machine Music

1. “Metal Machine Music, Part 1”
2. “Metal Machine Music, Part 2”
3. “Metal Machine Music, Part 3”
4. “Metal Machine Music, Part 4”


Metal Machine Trio tour dates:

April 17: The Junction, Cambridge, UK
April 18: O2 Academy, Oxford, UK
April 19: Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
April 21: La Cigale, Paris, France
April 22: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
April 24: DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
April 26: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
April 27: Ole Bull Scene, Bergen, Norway
April 30: Teatre Principal de Palma, Mallorca, Spain

 

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