Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music sealed 1975 promo 2 LP set


A sealed promotional copy of the 1975 double album Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed.

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Offered for sale is a still sealed promotional copy of the 1975 double LP Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed.

About this copy: This copy of Metal Machine Music is a sealed original pressing on the RCA label.

The words “Not for Sale – Promo Copy” are embossed in the upper right hand corner of the front of the cover.

As the album is still sealed; the discs are presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact except for a tiny 1/4″ break along the bottom edge.

A beautiful copy of an album that often turns up with considerable cover wear and the first sealed copy we’ve had in many years.

Background: At the time of its release, no one really knew what to make of Metal Machine Music, though the album has since come to be regarded as a precursor to industrial and similar genres.

It’s an LP of four sides of processed guitar feedback, and listening to it can be a taxing experience.

Allmusic.com gave Metal Machine Music a 1 star review:

One would be hard-pressed to name a major artist who ever released an album as thoroughly alienating as Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music; at a time when noise rock and punk had yet to make their presence known, Reed released this 64-minute aural assault that offered up a densely layered soundscape constructed from feedback, distortion, and atonal guitar runs sped up or slowed down until they were all but unrecognizable. Metal Machine Music seems a bit less startling today, now that bands like Sonic Youth and the Boredoms have created some sort of context for it, but it hasn’t gotten any more user friendly with time — while Thurston Moore may go nuts on his guitar like this for three or four minutes at a stretch, Metal Machine Music goes on and on and on for over an hour, pausing only for side breaks with no rhythms, melodies, or formal structures to buffer the onslaught.


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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1975
Format: Stereo
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Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in