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The Velvet Underground: Loaded [Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition Box Set] [Box]

Track List

>Who Loves the Sun
>Sweet Jane [Full Length Version]
>Rock and Roll [Full Length Version]
>Cool It Down
>New Age
>Head Held High
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill
>I Found a Reason
>Train Round the Bend
>Oh! Sweet Nothing
>I'm Sticking with You [Remix] - (remix)
>Ocean
>I Love You
>Ride Into the Sun
>Who Loves the Sun - (mono)
>Sweet Jane - (mono)
>Rock & Roll - (mono)
>Cool It Down - (mono)
>New Age - (mono)
>Head Held High - (mono)
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill - (mono)
>I Found a Reason - (mono)
>Train Round the Bend - (mono)
>Oh! Sweet Nothing - (mono)
>Who Loves the Sun - (mono)
>Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - (mono)
>Rock and Roll - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Rock & Roll [Demo Version]
>Sad Song [Demo Version]
>Satellite of Love [Demo Version]
>Walk and Talk [Demo Version]
>Oh Gin [Demo Version]
>Ocean [Demo Version]
>I Love You [Demo Version]
>Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall [Demo Version] [Remix] - (remix)
>I Found a Reason [Demo Version]
>Cool It Down [Early Version Remix] - (remix)
>Sweet Jane [Early Version Remix] - (remix)
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill [Early Version Remix] - (remix)
>Head Held High [Early Version Remix] - (remix)
>Oh! Sweet Nuthin' [Early Version Remix] - (remix)
>Who Loves the Sun [Alternate Mix] - (mix, remix)
>Sweet Jane [Alternate Mix] - (mix, remix)
>Cool It Down [Alternate Mix] - (mix, remix)
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill [Alternate Mix] - (mix, remix)
>Train Round the Bend [Alternate Mix] - (mix, remix)
>Head Held High [Alternate Mix] - (mix, remix)
>Rock & Roll [Alternate Mix] - (mix, remix)
>I'm Waiting for the Man - (live)
>White Light/White Heat - (live)
>I'm Set Free - (live)
>Sweet Jane - (live)
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill - (live)
>New Age - (live)
>Beginning to See the Light - (live)
>I'll Be Your Mirror - (live)
>Pale Blue Eyes - (live)
>Candy Says - (live)
>Sunday Morning - (live)
>After Hours - (live)
>Femme Fatale - (live)
>Some Kinda Love - (live)
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill [Version 2] - (live)
>I'm Waiting for the Man - (previously unreleased, live)
>What Goes On - (previously unreleased, live)
>Cool It Down - (previously unreleased, live)
>Sweet Jane - (previously unreleased, live)
>Rock & Roll - (previously unreleased, live)
>Some Kinda Love - (previously unreleased, live)
>New Age - (previously unreleased, live)
>Candy Says - (previously unreleased, live)
>Head Held High - (previously unreleased, live)
>Train Round the Bend - (previously unreleased, live)
>Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - (previously unreleased, live)
>Who Loves the Sun
>Sweet Jane
>Rock & Roll
>Cool It Down
>New Age
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill
>I Found a Reason
>Head Held High
>Train Round the Bend
>Oh! Sweet Nuthing'
>Who Loves the Sun
>Sweet Jane
>Rock & Roll
>Cool It Down
>New Age
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill
>I Found a Reason
>Head Held High
>Train Round the Bend
>Oh! Sweet Nothing
>Who Loves the Sun
>Sweet Jane
>Rock & Roll
>Cool It Down
>New Age
>Head Held High
>Lonesome Cowboy Bill
>I Found a Reason
>Train Round the Bend
>Oh! Sweet Nothing

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.120) - Ranked #109 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "[A] record that highlights the R&B/doo-wop roots and Sun Records crackle deep inside the Velvets' noir-guitar maelstrom..."

Rolling Stone (12/24/70, p.51) - "...LOADED is merely a refinement of the Velvet Underground's music as it has grown through the course of their past three albums....[it's] a celebration of the spirit of rock 'n' roll..."

Q (7/93, p.115) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...a laudable album. 'Sweet Jane' and 'Rock & Roll' are the pivotal tracks but the lovely harmonies of 'I Found A Reason' and the extended workout of 'Oh! Sweet Nuthin'' stand proud as peak Velvets..."

Album Notes

Velvet Underground: Lou Reed (vocals, guitar, piano); Doug Yule (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, organ, bass, drums); Sterling Morrison (guitar); Moe Tucker (drums).

Additional personnel: Tommy, Bill Yule, Adrian Barber (percussion).

Producers: Geoffrey Haslam, Shel Kagan, The Velvet Underground.

Audio Mixer: Kevin Reeves.

Recording information: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York (04/1970-08/1970); Max's Kansas City, New York, NY (04/1970-08/1970); Atlantic Recording Studios, New York (08/23/1970); Max's Kansas City, New York, NY (08/23/1970).

Photographer: Jim Cummins.

LOADED was a fitting end for the mighty Velvet Underground. Lou Reed had penned an album seemingly packed with hits, but by now, four LPs into the Velvets' career, only a sad few record buyers appreciated the band. Resignation permeates the album. Reed's voice is noticeably ragged, and bassist Doug Yule ended up recording many of the vocals for the final mix. Drummer Moe Tucker was pregnant, and Yule's brother Billy sat in on drums for most of the sessions. This was no longer the art rock Velvet Underground, but a far more accessible version, relying on Reed's songwriting over the band's overall musicality. Yet LOADED is arguably VU's most immediately satisfying album. Less overtly experimental than any of their other releases, the record still overflows with hooks, churning grooves and Lou Reed's irresistibly unique pop sensibility. In addition to the certifiable rock classics "Sweet Jane" and "Rock & Roll" (which alone should elevate the album into the rock pantheon), there are shiny, ironic ditties ("Who Loves the Sun"), cool, folk-rocking groovers ("Cool It Down"), and beautiful, weary ballads ("Oh! Sweet Nuthin'"). LOADED shimmers and gleams for all of its finality. While the album closed the book on the Velvet Underground's life, it also solidified their significant niche in rock history.



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