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The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground [45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] [Box]

Track List

>Candy Says
>What Goes On
>Some Kinda Love
>Pale Blue Eyes
>Jesus
>Beginning to See the Light
>I'm Set Free
>That's the Story of My Life
>Murder Mystery, The
>After Hours
>Candy Says
>What Goes On
>Some Kinda Love
>Pale Blue Eyes
>Jesus
>Beginning to See the Light
>I'm Set Free
>That's the Story of My Life
>Murder Mystery, The
>After Hours
>Beginning to See the Light [Alternate Closet Mix]
>Candy Says - (mono)
>What Goes On - (mono)
>Some Kinda Love - (mono)
>Pale Blue Eyes - (mono)
>Jesus - (mono)
>Beginning to See the Light - (mono)
>I'm Set Free - (mono)
>That's the Story of My Life - (mono)
>Murder Mystery, The - (mono)
>After Hours - (mono)
>What Goes On - (mono)
>Jesus - (mono)
>Foggy Notion [Original 1969 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>One of These Days [2014 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>Lisa Says [2014 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>I'm Sticking with You [Original 1969 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>Andy's Chest [Original 1969 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>Coney Island Steeplechase [2014 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>Ocean [Original 1969 Mix]
>I Can't Stand It [2014 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>She's My Best Friend [Original 1969 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together [2014 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>I'm Gonna Move Right In [Original 1969 Mix]
>Ferryboat Bill [Original 1969 Mix]
>Rock & Roll [Original 1969 Mix]
>Ride Into the Sun [2014 Mix] - (previously unreleased)
>I'm Waiting for the Man - (live)
>What Goes On - (previously unreleased, live)
>Some Kinda Love - (live)
>Over You - (previously unreleased, live)
>We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together - (previously unreleased, live)
>Beginning to See the Light - (live)
>Lisa Says - (live)
>Rock and Roll - (live)
>Pale Blue Eyes - (previously unreleased, live)
>I Can't Stand It Anymore - (previously unreleased, live)
>Venus in Furs - (previously unreleased, live)
>There She Goes Again - (previously unreleased, live)
>Sister Ray - (live)
>Heroin - (previously unreleased, live)
>White Light/White Heat - (live)
>I'm Set Free - (previously unreleased, live)
>After Hours - (previously unreleased, live)
>Sweet Jane - (live)

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (5/17/69, p.17) - "...the Velvet Underground can write and play any kind of music they want to with equal brilliance..." -Lester Bangs

Q (6/02, p.128) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...a flickering, unforgettable band preformance..."

NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #58 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'

NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #6 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'

Album Notes

Recording information: T.T.G. Studios, Hollywood, CA (11/1968-12/1969); The Matrix, San Francisco, CA (11/1968-12/1969); The Record Plant, New York, NY (11/1968-12/1969); T.T.G. Studios, Hollywood, CA (11/26/1969/11/27/1969); The Matrix, San Francisco, CA (11/26/1969/11/27/1969); The Record Plant, New York, NY (11/26/1969/11/27/1969).

Photographers: Doug Yule; Billy Name.

Arranger: The Velvet Underground.

Velvet Underground's self-titled third album seemed like the debut of a new band. John Cale had left (replaced by Doug Yule) and the group became, for all intents and purposes, Lou Reed's back-up band. The songs actually sounded like rock music and John Cale's screeching musicality was reworked into songs that featured Sterling Morrison's most eloquent guitar accompaniment.

Reed's songwriting moved beyond the armed-to-disarm approach of the previous two albums towards a spiritual level of empathy with the human race--a change that wouldn't go unnoticed. The man who once begged someone to "nullify [his] life" ("Heroin") was now asking "Jesus" to "help me find my proper place," and whooping his way through the equally inspiring "Beginning To See The Light." To this day, every song on VELVET UNDERGROUND sounds like a breakthrough.

In short, VELVET UNDERGROUND showcased the human side of Lou Reed's songwriting. Unobstructed by walls of sonic noise, Reed's insight and genius was finally allowed to shine through.



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