Lou Reed ‎– Metal Machine Music

RCA ‎– CPL-21101, RCA ‎– CPL2-1101
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold


A Metal Machine Music A-1 16:01
B Metal Machine Music A-2 16:01
C Metal Machine Music A-3 16:01
D Metal Machine Music A-4 16:01


  • Design [Cover]Acy Lehman
  • Producer, Performer, Written-By, Design [Cover]Lou Reed


Subtitled "The Amine β Ring"

D Side ends in a locked groove.

Text on the sleeve:
Sony 1/2 track
Uher 1/4 track
Pioneer 1/4 track
5 piggyback Marshall Tube Amps in series
Arbiter distortion (Jimi's)
Marantz Preamps
Marantz Amps
Altec Voice of America Monitor Speakers
Sennheiser Headphones
Drone cognizance and harmonic possibilities vis a vis Lamont Young's Dream Music
Rock orientation, melodically disguised, i.e. drag
Avoidance of any type of atonality.
Electro-Voice high filter microphones
Fender Tremolo Unit
Sunn Tremolo Unit
Ring Modulator/Octave Relay Jump
Fender Dual Showman Bass Amp with Reverb Unit (Pre-Columbia) white
No Synthesizers
No Arp
No Instruments?
--10 db + 57db
--20 hz--+30,000 hz
--12 kz--+28,000 kz
Distortion 0.02 bass and treble ceilings
Combinations and Permutations built upon constant harmonic Density Increase and Melodic Distractions.
No panning
No phasing

℗ 1975 RCA Records
Special thanks to Bob Ludwig
Mastered at Sterling Sound

Other Versions (5 of 25) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CPL2-1101 Lou Reed Metal Machine Music (The Amine β Ring)(2xLP, Album, Gat) RCA, RCA Victor CPL2-1101 US 1975 Sell This Version
PIP DL 023 Lou Reed Metal Machine Music (The Amine β Ring)(2xLP, Album, RE) Great Expectations PIP DL 023 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CPS2-1101 Lou Reed Metal Machine Music (The Amine β Ring)(8-Trk, Album) RCA CPS2-1101 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CPK2-1101 Lou Reed Metal Machine Music(Cass, Album) RCA CPK2-1101 US 1975 Sell This Version
CPL2-1101 Lou Reed Metal Machine Music(2xLP, Album, Gat) RCA CPL2-1101 Germany 1975 Sell This Version