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RCA released rare demos of Lou Reed and promptly withdrew them from circulation.

RCA released rare demos of Lou Reed and promptly withdrew them from circulation.

An album of 17 demo songs recorded by Lou Reed titled I’m So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos it was released briefly by RCA / Sony Music on iTunes in Europe, in an apparent “copyright dump” to expand the company’s ownership of the recordings.

The album, which was not available in the United States, was published on iTunes as of December. 23, but removed a couple of days later.

I’m so free includes Rough versions of nearly every song on Reed’s 1972 self-titled debut solo album and its great continuation, transformer – several of which he originally wrote and recorded with the Velvet Underground – although two tracks, Kill Your Sons Y She’s My Best Friend, was not officially released until their 1976 album Coney island baby.

The Released Recordings Include Several Songs That Would Become Great Lou Reed Classics.  Photo Afp Photo / Giorgio Benvenuti

The released recordings include several songs that would become great Lou Reed classics. Photo AFP PHOTO / GIORGIO BENVENUTI

The recordings, which also include songs like Perfect day, I’m sticking with you, Berlin, Ocean, Ride Into the Sun and others seem to be demos that have been going around and playing around for several years; the full tracklist, as posted on iTunes, appears at the end of the text. Representatives for Sony Music did not respond to requests for comment from Variety.

What is the “copyright extension”

Such launches of copyright extension have become common, as many songs from the rock era they spend the 50th anniversary of its recording.

Although the laws are not completely clear, in the European Union, sound recordings are protected for 50 years after being recorded, and can be extended to 70 years as long as it is “legally communicated to the public” – that is, officially released in some way. form- within the first 50 years (even in the last hours of the year 50). And it can be extended to 70 years.

Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Motown Records and others They have quietly released collections of outgoing copyright extension shots for a short period of time (or on some limited-edition CD with minimal packaging) before quickly taking them off the market.

Also The Beatles and The Stones

Hence the almost incomprehensible release of albums like Bootleg Recordings 1963 by The Beatles and the even more literally titled Copyright Collections.

Two years ago, Abkco, which controls the rights to the 1960s recordings of the Rolling Stones, tested the parameters of the laws by publishing dozens of rare Stones tracks on YouTube (albeit with an ugly dial tone sound that obscures the rarer recordings) on December 31, 2019.

Representatives for the Stones and Abkco did not respond to Variety’s requests for comment at the time, although everything suggests that the reason for the launch was none other than that.

David Bowie Was The Producer Of Lou Reed'S Transformer

David Bowie was the producer of Lou Reed’s Transformer

Such recordings are generally of a lower quality and of interest only to amateurs. deeply committed, only that while the artist may not want them to be part of his official catalog, he also intends not to lose copyright and thus allow others to reap the benefits of his work.

In fact, just by crawling a bit on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hph-bX4_WE) It’s possible to find some of the material that surely contained the release for a day of Reed. At first listen, nothing is really worth staying up for.


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