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The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th Anniversary - Deluxe Edition)

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One would be hard-pressed to name a rock album whose influence has been as broad and pervasive as The Velvet Underground & Nico. While it reportedly took over a decade for the album's sales to crack six figures, glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set. While The Velvet Underground had as distinctive a sound as any band, what's most surprising about this album is its diversity. Here, the Velvets dipped their toes into dreamy pop ("Sunday Morning"), tough garage rock ("Waiting for the Man"), stripped-down R&B ("There She Goes Again"), and understated love songs ("I'll Be Your Mirror") when they weren't busy creating sounds without pop precedent. Lou Reed's lyrical exploration of drugs and kinky sex (then risky stuff in film and literature, let alone "teen music") always received the most press attention, but the music Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker played was as radical as the words they accompanied. The bracing discord of "European Son," the troubling beauty of "All Tomorrow's Parties," and the expressive dynamics of "Heroin" all remain as compelling as the day they were recorded. While the significance of Nico's contributions have been debated over the years, she meshes with the band's outlook in that she hardly sounds like a typical rock vocalist, and if Andy Warhol's presence as producer was primarily a matter of signing the checks, his notoriety allowed The Velvet Underground to record their material without compromise, which would have been impossible under most other circumstances. Few rock albums are as important as The Velvet Underground & Nico, and fewer still have lost so little of their power to surprise and intrigue more 50 years after first hitting the racks.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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1
Sunday Morning Album Version
00:02:55

Sterling Morrison, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - John Cale, Piano, Viola, Celesta, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nico, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Wilson, Producer - Norman Dolph, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Omi Haden, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Licata, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
I'm Waiting For The Man Album Version (Stereo)
00:04:39

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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Femme Fatale Album Version
00:02:38

Lou Reed, Unknown, Other, 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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Venus In Furs Album Version
00:05:11

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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Run Run Run Album Version
00:04:22

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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
All Tomorrow's Parties Album Version
00:05:59

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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Heroin Album Version
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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
There She Goes Again Album Version
00:02:40

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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
I'll Be Your Mirror Album Version
00:02:13

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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
The Black Angel's Death Song Album Version
00:03:11

John Cale, ComposerLyricist - 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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
European Son Album Version
00:07:47

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

A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
All Tomorrow's Parties Alternate Single Voice Version
00:05:57

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 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
European Son Alternate Version
00:09:06

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

℗ 1967 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Heroin Alternate Version
00:06:17

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 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
All Tomorrow's Parties Alternate Instrumental Mix
00:05:51

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 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
I'll Be Your Mirror Alternate Mix
00:02:20

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 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
European Son Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version
00:09:02

Sterling Morrison, ComposerLyricist - John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nico, MainArtist - Norman Dolph, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maureen Ann Tucker, ComposerLyricist - Andy Warhol, Producer - John Licata, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Black Angel's Death Song Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate mix
00:03:15

John Cale, ComposerLyricist - 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

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
All Tomorrow's Parties Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version
00:05:53

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

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
I'll Be Your Mirror Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version
00:02:10

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

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Heroin Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version
00:06:16

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

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Femme Fatale Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate mix
00:02:35

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

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Venus In Furs Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version
00:04:29

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

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Waiting For The Man Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version
00:04:09

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

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Run Run Run Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate mix
00:04:23

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

℗ 1966 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Walk Alone The Factory Rehearsal
00:03:27

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

℗ 2012 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Crackin' Up / Venus In Furs The Factory Rehearsal
00:03:53

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

℗ 2012 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Miss Joanie Lee The Factory Rehearsal
00:11:49

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

℗ 2012 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Heroin The Factory Rehearsal
00:06:14

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

℗ 2012 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
There She Goes Again The Factory Rehearsal with Nico
00:02:09

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

℗ 2012 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
There She Goes Again The Factory Rehearsal
00:02:55

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

℗ 2012 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

One would be hard-pressed to name a rock album whose influence has been as broad and pervasive as The Velvet Underground & Nico. While it reportedly took over a decade for the album's sales to crack six figures, glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set. While The Velvet Underground had as distinctive a sound as any band, what's most surprising about this album is its diversity. Here, the Velvets dipped their toes into dreamy pop ("Sunday Morning"), tough garage rock ("Waiting for the Man"), stripped-down R&B ("There She Goes Again"), and understated love songs ("I'll Be Your Mirror") when they weren't busy creating sounds without pop precedent. Lou Reed's lyrical exploration of drugs and kinky sex (then risky stuff in film and literature, let alone "teen music") always received the most press attention, but the music Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker played was as radical as the words they accompanied. The bracing discord of "European Son," the troubling beauty of "All Tomorrow's Parties," and the expressive dynamics of "Heroin" all remain as compelling as the day they were recorded. While the significance of Nico's contributions have been debated over the years, she meshes with the band's outlook in that she hardly sounds like a typical rock vocalist, and if Andy Warhol's presence as producer was primarily a matter of signing the checks, his notoriety allowed The Velvet Underground to record their material without compromise, which would have been impossible under most other circumstances. Few rock albums are as important as The Velvet Underground & Nico, and fewer still have lost so little of their power to surprise and intrigue more 50 years after first hitting the racks.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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