Lou Reed ‎– Metal Machine Music

Buddha Records ‎– 74465 99752 2
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered


1 Metal Machine Music, Part I 16:11
2 Metal Machine Music, Part II 15:53
3 Metal Machine Music, Part III 16:14
4 Metal Machine Music, Part IV 15:56

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25th Anniversary reissue.
© 2000 Buddha Records ℗ 1975 RCA Records.
Manufactured and distributed by BMG Distribution.
Printed in the USA.

Mastered at Sterling Sound. Special thanks to Bob Ludwig.

Digitally remastered at Gateway Mastering Studios.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 744659975226
  • Matrix / Runout: 74465997522 [Sonopress logo] +A01+ E347301
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LB41
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 10095

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
CPL-21101, CPL2-1101 Lou Reed Metal Machine Music(2xLP, Album, Gat) RCA, RCA CPL-21101, CPL2-1101 France & Benelux 1975 Sell This Version


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December 28, 2010
Truly an experimental album, Metal Machine is built from layered output of Reed's oscillating sound equipment, physically configured for innovative results. What you hear are intermeshed waveforms from unmanned guitars interacting with amplifiers, which are all tuned and controlled by Reed. The very dense and chaotic results are obtained by the four tracking of multiple separate channels of such experiments. From the liner notes, Reed says he wanted to make sound for himself to personally listen to, and that grew into these master tapes. The effect is an agglomeration of conflicting signals of which the only stable element is the volume and erratic tendency for change. Composition and writing are not the key ingredients here. Instead, content, lots of it, is crammed into a brutally raw production mix, which might truly pass for some kind of machine signal output. The four sides of the album simply start and stop abruptly to begin and end. In between is a place to empty your mind, by the shock and companionship of information overload. There aren't hidden melodies and so forth. This is physical equipment manipulation more in the field of signal processing. I don't think this was a slap dash effort. It's artistically different from the rock genre and should be appreciated from a different footing. The four "sides" are consistently dense, yet each is intrinsically unique. For noise fans.


December 9, 2009

Lou Reed's legendary crap album, 4 tracks of static noise which is supposed to be some vastly intellectual exercise in beard stroking and not the pretentious self-indulgent monotony that it appears to the unsophisticated. When it came out people refused to be hoodwinked and took it back to stores demanding refunds but nowadays people are more easily fooled - if you have it you can tell people you understand it, thus people will think you are more sophisticated and intellectual than they are etc. You may even get some pussy as a result of giving it 5/5 as SIX people have here! But let's face it, apart from being able to make people think you are sophisticated what value has it? You cannot listen to it for more than a few minutes at a time (a test of endurance), you cannot dance to it, you cannot learn the words and sing along to it.... It truly is a piece of junk.