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Lou Reed's final solo album, Hudson River Wind Meditations, to be reissued by Light in the Attic

01 December 2023, 16:59 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Light In Attic Records, in cooperation with Laurie Anderson and the Lou Reed Archive, have announced a definitive reissue of Reed’s Hudson River Wind Meditations.

Hudson River Wind Meditations is the latest in Light in the Attic’s acclaimed Lou Reed Archival Series, following the GRAMMY-nominated release Words & Music, May 1965.

The experimental side of Lou’s musical life led to Hudson River Wind Meditations in 2007, and after that, live performances with the Metal Machine Trio and trios with Laurie Anderson and John Zorn. Reed was also a spiritual being, who devoted his later years to Tai Chi and routinely integrated yoga and meditation practices into his life. It was inevitable that his two passions would eventually mingle. Inspired to create a soundtrack for these quiet – yet powerful – exercises, Reed composed four compelling works, which comprise his 20th and final solo album, Hudson River Wind Meditations.

Released in 2007, the ambient compositions were initially created for Reed’s personal use, to accompany spoken-word meditations that his acupuncturist recorded for him. Over time, they transformed into music for Reed’s beloved Tai Chi and yoga practices. Eventually, the artist chose to share them with his fans, crafting them into an album with producer Hal Willner (Saturday Night Live).

Included in the physical editions of the release is a conversation conducted earlier this year between author/journalist Jonathan Cott and Reed’s wife, artist Laurie Anderson, who discusses Hudson River Wind Meditations, as well as her husband’s devotion to Tai Chi — one of the album’s primary inspirations.

“Listening to Hudson River Wind Meditations as a whole piece is moving through several modes and states of a sixty-five-minute meditation,” explains Reed’s wife, artist Laurie Anderson. Echoing that sentiment is yogi and author Eddie Stern, whose weekly sessions with the musician always included Meditations. “The sounds immediately drew you into an inner flow of awareness; something was happening with the music, but at the same time something was happening inside of you,” recalls Stern. “As Lou began to move with the yoga postures and began to deepen his breathing, the sounds of Hudson River Wind Meditations moved with him or, perhaps, just simply moved him.”

Hudson River Wind Meditations marks the latest release in LITA’s Lou Reed Archival Series. Launched in 2022 in tandem with the late artist’s 80th birthday, the ongoing series has celebrated one of America’s most influential songwriters through such acclaimed collections as the GRAMMY-nominated release Words & Music, May 1965, a brand-new title presenting many of Reed’s earliest (and previously-unreleased) recordings, including the earliest-known versions of “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “Pale Blue Eyes.”

Hudson River Wind Meditations, out on 12 January via Light In The Attic. For more information, visit

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