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''Metal Machine Music'', subtitled ''*The Amine β Ring'', is an album by Lou Reed. It was originally released as a double album by RCA Records in 1975. It was reissued on a single compact disc by BMG in 1997 and again by Buddah Records in 2000.

As a radical departure from the rest of Reed's catalog, ''Metal Machine Music'' is generally considered to be either a joke, a grudging fulfillment of a contractual obligation, or an early example of noise music. The album features no songs or even recognizably structured compositions, eschewing melody and rhythm for an hour of over-modulated feedback and guitar effects, intricately mixed at varying speeds by Reed himself. In the album's liner notes he claimed to have invented heavy metal music and asserted that ''Metal Machine Music'' was the ultimate conclusion of that genre. The album made Reed a laughing stock in the rock industry while simultaneously opening the door for his later, more experimental material. Historically, ''Metal Machine Music'' is now considered a seminal forerunner of industrial music, noise rock, and contemporary sound art.

In 2010, Reed, Ulrich Krieger, and Sarth Calhoun collaborated to tour playing free improvisation inspired by the album as Metal Machine Trio. That same year, Reed announced his plans to re-release ''Metal Machine Music'' in remastered form.

Metal Machine Music
Release Date: 2000-10-10
Duration: 63:56

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1Metal Machine Music, Part I 16:03
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4Metal Machine Music, Part IV 15:56
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