Reed Issues Early Work Online

Lou Reed has posted RealAudio versions of eight early rock 'n'

roll and doo-wop recordings on his official website (www.loureed.org).

The songs were cut before he formed the influential underground rock

band the Velvet Underground in 1965. The rare tracks include

"Leave Her for Me," which he recorded with the Jades at age 16,

and "Why Don't You Smile Now," a song he penned with future

VU bandmate John Cale when the pair were working for Pickwick

Records. The other songs are "Do the Ostrich," "Cycle Annie," "So Blue,"

"Sneaky Pete," "I've Got a Tiger in My Tank" and "You're Driving Me Insane."