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I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico

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When it was released on the 12th of March 1967, how many people imagined that the début album by a young New York band led by Andy Warhol (responsible for the famous banana cover) and named the Velvet Underground would become one of the greatest records in the history of rock'n'roll? It was certainly one of the most influential, anyway... The promising cross-generational cast that has come together to revisit these eleven tracks, almost all of which have become classics, had a familiar choice to make: either a loyal retread of the original, or a bold reimagining of the material. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe kicks things off with a rather pared-down Sunday Morning featuring Doug Wieselman on clarinet. An equally sparse, and ghostly, number is Sharon Van Etten's Femme Fatale, which crawls along fascinatingly. Andrew Bird went for something that was rather harder-going, choosing Venus in Furs. He lightens up this symphonic descent into hell with some nice work on the strings and voices.

Kurt Vile offers a change of pace with a visceral, primitive Run Run Run, which retains the spirit of the 1967 version. Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent takes the opposite approach and picks apart All Tomorrow's Parties to create a bewildering, artful piece that's full of hidden gems. The same goes for Courtney Barnett's cover of I'll Be Your Mirror who is alone on the guitar, in order to highlight Lou Reed's songwriting. In the end, it's the young Irishmen of Fontaines D.C. who steal the show, making The Black Angel's Death Song sound like they wrote it themselves. To round off the party, grand old man Iggy Pop, the only contemporary of Lou Reed's band present on this tribute album, launches into a crazy and electric European Son (Matt Sweeney takes charge of the tidal-wave guitar part). In his hands, it becomes a furious, shamanic fireball sweeping through all before it to close I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Sunday Morning
Michael Stipe
00:03:50

MICHAEL STIPE, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Urselli, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - HAL WILLNER, Producer, Co-Producer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Wieselman, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Andy LeMaster, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jabbath Roa, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lynda Stipe, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
I’m Waiting For The Man
Matt Berninger
00:03:44

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lambert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Recording Engineer, Prepared Piano, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam KS, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Garret Lang, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Femme Fatale
Sharon Van Etten
00:04:42

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Heather McIntosh, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon Van Etten, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Devin Hoff, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jorge Balbi, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marta Honer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Charley Damski, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Knowles, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Venus In Furs
Andrew Bird
00:06:55

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Boucher, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Bird, Producer, Violin, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lucius, MainArtist - Jess Wolfe, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Holly Laessig, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Lorge, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Run Run Run
Kurt Vile
00:06:59

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarah Register, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Spence, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Koltay, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Vile, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Laakso, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse Trbovich, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
All Tomorrow’s Parties
St. Vincent
00:04:51

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - St. Vincent, MainArtist - Thomas Bartlett, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Piano, Mellotron, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Annie Clark, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Heroin
Thurston Moore
00:07:24

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristian Craig Robinson, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thurston Moore, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Gillespie, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonah Falco, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
There She Goes Again
King Princess
00:03:28

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Oberhofer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - King Princess, Producer, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonah Feingold, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Zelig Music, LLC/ Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
I’ll Be Your Mirror
Courtney Barnett
00:02:27

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tucker Martine, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Courtney Barnett, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Bridges, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
The Black Angel’s Death Song
Fontaines D.C.
00:03:11

John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bolster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coll, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - FONTAINES D.C., MainArtist - Carlos O’Connell, Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Conor Curley, Guitar, Harmonium, AssociatedPerformer - Grian Chatten, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Conor Deegan, Bass Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
European Son
Iggy Pop
00:07:45

Sterling Morrison, ComposerLyricist - Matt Sweeney, Producer, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Iggy Pop, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maureen Ann Tucker, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Schlett, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Run Run Run (Radio Edit)
Kurt Vile
00:04:04

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarah Register, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Spence, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Koltay, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Vile, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Laakso, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse Trbovich, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

When it was released on the 12th of March 1967, how many people imagined that the début album by a young New York band led by Andy Warhol (responsible for the famous banana cover) and named the Velvet Underground would become one of the greatest records in the history of rock'n'roll? It was certainly one of the most influential, anyway... The promising cross-generational cast that has come together to revisit these eleven tracks, almost all of which have become classics, had a familiar choice to make: either a loyal retread of the original, or a bold reimagining of the material. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe kicks things off with a rather pared-down Sunday Morning featuring Doug Wieselman on clarinet. An equally sparse, and ghostly, number is Sharon Van Etten's Femme Fatale, which crawls along fascinatingly. Andrew Bird went for something that was rather harder-going, choosing Venus in Furs. He lightens up this symphonic descent into hell with some nice work on the strings and voices.

Kurt Vile offers a change of pace with a visceral, primitive Run Run Run, which retains the spirit of the 1967 version. Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent takes the opposite approach and picks apart All Tomorrow's Parties to create a bewildering, artful piece that's full of hidden gems. The same goes for Courtney Barnett's cover of I'll Be Your Mirror who is alone on the guitar, in order to highlight Lou Reed's songwriting. In the end, it's the young Irishmen of Fontaines D.C. who steal the show, making The Black Angel's Death Song sound like they wrote it themselves. To round off the party, grand old man Iggy Pop, the only contemporary of Lou Reed's band present on this tribute album, launches into a crazy and electric European Son (Matt Sweeney takes charge of the tidal-wave guitar part). In his hands, it becomes a furious, shamanic fireball sweeping through all before it to close I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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