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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Velvet Underground

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It seems rather silly for the ultimate cult band to have a volume of Universal's 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection series, since even if the Velvet Underground were often song oriented, they were never singles oriented, and if this series is anything, it's singles oriented. That doesn't mean VU's 20th Century Masters doesn't work, though. Most of their big songs -- "I'm Waiting for the Man," "Heroin," "White Light/White Heat," "Sister Ray," "What Goes On," "Pale Blue Eyes" -- are here, as are live versions of "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll" (the studio versions were on Loaded, the one studio album the Velvets didn't do for Verve and therefore unavailable for the compilers). While some could argue that "Candy Says," "I'll Be Your Mirror," "Ocean," "I Heard Her Call My Name," or several other songs should have been included instead of the three remaining songs -- which, for the record, are "Run, Run, Run," "Beginning to See the Light-" and "I Can't Stand It" -- these tunes are nevertheless beloved by Velvets fans (but what VU song isn't?). Then again, this is designed for the casual fan or the curious listener wanting a good sampler. And this certainly is a good sampler of one of the greatest bands in history even if, to trot out the old rock critic cliché, you really should just own all of their albums in the first place.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
I'm Waiting For The Man
00:04:40

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nico, MainArtist - Norman Dolph, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Warhol, Producer - Omi Haden, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Licata, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

2
Run Run Run
00:04:21

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nico, MainArtist - Norman Dolph, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Warhol, Producer - Omi Haden, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Licata, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

3
Heroin
00:07:12

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nico, MainArtist - Norman Dolph, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Warhol, Producer - Omi Haden, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Licata, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
White Light/White Heat
00:02:45

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, MainArtist - Tom Wilson, Producer - Gary Kellgren, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

5
Sister Ray
00:17:24

Sterling Morrison, ComposerLyricist - Maureen Tucker, ComposerLyricist - John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, MainArtist - Tom Wilson, Producer - Gary Kellgren, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

6
Beginning To See The Light (Closet Mix)
00:04:39

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
What Goes On
00:04:55

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, MainArtist - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

8
Pale Blue Eyes (Closet Mix)
00:05:39

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

9
I Can't Stand It
00:03:22

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Kellgren, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

10
Sweet Jane (Live From The Matrix, San Francisco, CA / 1969)
00:04:00

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1969 The Island Def Jam Music Group, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

11
Rock And Roll (Live From The Matrix, San Francisco, CA / 1969)
00:06:01

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1974 The Island Def Jam Music Group

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It seems rather silly for the ultimate cult band to have a volume of Universal's 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection series, since even if the Velvet Underground were often song oriented, they were never singles oriented, and if this series is anything, it's singles oriented. That doesn't mean VU's 20th Century Masters doesn't work, though. Most of their big songs -- "I'm Waiting for the Man," "Heroin," "White Light/White Heat," "Sister Ray," "What Goes On," "Pale Blue Eyes" -- are here, as are live versions of "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll" (the studio versions were on Loaded, the one studio album the Velvets didn't do for Verve and therefore unavailable for the compilers). While some could argue that "Candy Says," "I'll Be Your Mirror," "Ocean," "I Heard Her Call My Name," or several other songs should have been included instead of the three remaining songs -- which, for the record, are "Run, Run, Run," "Beginning to See the Light-" and "I Can't Stand It" -- these tunes are nevertheless beloved by Velvets fans (but what VU song isn't?). Then again, this is designed for the casual fan or the curious listener wanting a good sampler. And this certainly is a good sampler of one of the greatest bands in history even if, to trot out the old rock critic cliché, you really should just own all of their albums in the first place.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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