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Lou ReedI'm So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos

Label:RCA – 19439944251, Legacy – 19439944251, RCA Victor – 19439944251
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country:Worldwide
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Acoustic

Tracklist

A1Perfect Day - Takes 1 & 2
Written-ByLou Reed
4:01
A2I'm So Free
Written-ByLou Reed
2:07
A3Wild Child
Written-ByLou Reed
4:18
A4I'm Sticking With You - Take 2
Written-ByLou Reed
1:50
A5Lisa Says
Written-ByLou Reed
5:19
A6Going Down - Take 2
Written-ByLou Reed
2:25
A7I Love You
Written-ByLou Reed
2:09
B1New York Telephone Conversation
Written-ByLou Reed
1:38
B2She's My Best Friend
Written-ByLou Reed
2:41
B3Kill Your Sons
Written-ByLou Reed
4:44
B4Berlin
Written-ByLou Reed
4:33
B5Ocean - Takes 1 & 2
Written-ByLou Reed
5:03
B6Ride Into The Sun - Take 2
Written-ByLou Reed
2:27
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℗ 1971, 2022 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

"Record store day exclusive" release
Limited to 2000 copies according to Rough Trade UK - unknown if that's the total number for all of Europe. Other sources state 7550 copies which may be the US or global quantity.

Recorded October 27, 1971 at RCA Recording Studios, New York, NY.
All tracks previously unreleased except A1 "Perfect Day - Take 2" issued as bonus track on Transformer CD October 2002.

Issued with printed inner sleeve containing a photo & liner notes whilst images of RCA material are displayed on flipside.

Made in the EU.

This version plated and pressed by GZ Media.
Distinguishing characteristics:
– Sony Music logo to the left of the barcode on rear sleeve, under RCA Legacy logos.
– Labels have two lines of small print at bottom under the catalogue number, with 'Made in EU' declaration.
– Runouts have GZ laser-etched numbers, including the MRP matrix, but no hand-scribed hash numbers.

A simultaneously released version pressed at Memphis Record Pressing is here: I'm So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 1 9439-94425-1 7
  • Barcode (Scanned, UPC-A): 194399442517
  • Label Code: LC00316
  • Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA
  • Other (On inner sleeve): 19439944251SV1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): MRP3510 / 19439944251 - A 236694E1/B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): MRP3510 / 19439944251 - B 236694E2/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): MRP3510 / 19439944251 - A 236694E1/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): MRP3510 / 19439944251 - B 236694E2/A

Other Versions (2)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
I'm So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos (17×File, AAC, 256 kbps)RCAnoneEurope2021
Recently Edited
I'm So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos (LP, Album, MRP Pressing, 140 Gram RSD Exclusive)RCA, Legacy19439944251US2022
smp1980's avatar
smp1980
Record plays fine but the worst inner sleeve for static in my entire collection - vinyl needs coaxing out slowly and close to tearing the inner sleeve every time. Resorted to buying a spare static-free inner - poor show from RCA.
Awopbopaloobop's avatar
Very bad pressing, full of clicks. A shame. You can barely listen to it.
rrsk2000's avatar
rrsk2000
Essential release. Vinyl in perfect condition from start to finish!
Dramned's avatar
Dramned
Edited one month ago
Absolutely stunning and fascinating release! Hearing these early gems in raw cuts and dylan'esk versions of well known and famous songs is a kind of blessing. Pressed on thick vinyl and in outstanding sound quality. You never think that these are just demo tapes!
For me a real highlight of the RSD beside all this unnecessary garish colorful bullshit of re-re-re-issues nobody really needs.
moneycannon's avatar
moneycannon
Average GZ RSD release quality. Dished, scuffed and very dirty vinyl. Definitely needs a wet cleaning before playing.
robthew's avatar
robthew
Mine has two copies of the record in it! I've seen misprints before, but I've never ended up with an extra record jammed in the sleeve.
voodoofreak's avatar
voodoofreak
Great to have these demo recordings from a key period in Lou’s career. Terrible pressing though with a lot of cracks and pops throughout. Ultrasonic cleaning does not help unfortunately.
paradinas9's avatar
paradinas9
Edited one month ago
Lovely clear music but i literally had to run this under the kitchen tap to clean all the grit and sh*te off the record before playing. Then gave it a few sprays of record cleaner and a vigorous cleaning with a cloth to get even more blemishes off the vinyl. Played well afterwards although still a little crackle into the first track, but the quality control on this record is a joke.
William_Moreland's avatar
Excellent sound, but the pressing quality is a joke. Scratched and contaminated; borderline unplayable.
alexdejong's avatar
alexdejong
just lou singing his heart out. it’s like he’s right there with you. unbelieve.