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The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary / Super Deluxe)

The Velvet Underground

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Upon first release, the Velvet Underground's self-titled third album must have surprised their fans nearly as much as their first two albums shocked the few mainstream music fans who heard them. After testing the limits of how musically and thematically challenging rock could be on Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat, this 1969 release sounded spare, quiet, and contemplative, as if the previous albums documented some manic, speed-fueled party and this was the subdued morning after. (The album's relative calm has often been attributed to the departure of the band's most committed avant-gardist, John Cale, in the fall of 1968; the arrival of new bassist Doug Yule; and the theft of the band's amplifiers shortly before they began recording.) But Lou Reed's lyrical exploration of the demimonde is as keen here as on any album he ever made, while displaying a warmth and compassion he sometimes denied his characters. "Candy Says," "Pale Blue Eyes," and "I'm Set Free" may be more muted in approach than what the band had done in the past, but "What Goes On" and "Beginning to See the Light" made it clear the VU still loved rock & roll, and "The Murder Mystery" (which mixes and matches four separate poetic narratives) is as brave and uncompromising as anything on White Light/White Heat. This album sounds less like the Velvet Underground than any of their studio albums, but it's as personal, honest, and moving as anything Lou Reed ever committed to tape.

© Mark Deming /TiVo

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1
Candy Says
00:04:03

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
What Goes On
00:04:53

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.

3
Some Kinda Love
00:04:02

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Pale Blue Eyes
00:05:39

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Jesus
00:03:23

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Beginning To See The Light
00:04:40

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
I'm Set Free
00:04:04

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
That's The Story Of My Life
00:02:03

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
The Murder Mystery
00:08:54

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
After Hours
00:02:07

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Candy Says (Closet Mix)
00:04:04

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

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

2
What Goes On (Closet Mix)
00:04:34

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

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

3
Some Kinda Love (Closet Mix)
00:03:39

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

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

4
Pale Blue Eyes (Closet Mix)
00:05:43

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

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Jesus (Closet Mix)
00:03:23

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

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

6
Beginning To See The Light (Closet Mix)
00:04:44

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

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

7
I'm Set Free (Closet Mix)
00:04:04

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

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

8
That's The Story Of My Life (Closet Mix)
00:02:03

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

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

9
The Murder Mystery (Closet Mix)
00:08:54

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

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

10
After Hours
00:02:10

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

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

11
Beginning To See The Light (Alternate Closet Mix)
00:04:44

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

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

DISC 3

1
Candy Says (Mono Version)
00:04:04

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

2
What Goes On (Mono Version)
00:04:34

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

3
Some Kinda Love (Mono Version)
00:03:39

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

4
Pale Blue Eyes (Mono Version)
00:05:41

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

5
Jesus (Mono Version)
00:03:22

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

6
Beginning To See The Light (Mono Version)
00:04:46

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

7
I'm Set Free (Mono Version)
00:04:05

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

8
That's The Story Of My Life (Mono Version)
00:02:04

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

9
The Murder Mystery (Mono Version)
00:08:54

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

10
After Hours (Mono Single)
00:02:11

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

11
What Goes On (Mono Single)
00:02:34

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

12
Jesus (Mono Single)
00:03:19

Sterling Morrison, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Tucker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reed, Mixer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Yule, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

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

DISC 4

1
Foggy Notion
00:06:58

Sterling Morrison, ComposerLyricist - Maureen Tucker, ComposerLyricist - Hy Weiss, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Yule, ComposerLyricist - Gary Kellgren, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
One Of These Days ("1969" / 2014 Mix)
00:04:09

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Reeves, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Kellgren, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Levenson, Producer

℗ 1985 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Lisa Says ("1969" / 2014 Mix)
00:03:00

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Reeves, 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.

4
I'm Sticking With You
00:02:25

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

℗ 1985 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Andy's Chest ("1969" / Original Mix)
00:02:55

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

℗ 1985 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Coney Island Steeplechase ("1969" / 2014 Mix)
00:02:32

Sterling Morrison, ComposerLyricist - John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Reeves, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Velvet Underground, Producer, MainArtist - Maureen Ann Tucker, ComposerLyricist - Bill Levenson, Producer

℗ 1986 Polydor Inc.

7
Ocean
00:05:13

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

℗ 1984 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
I Can't Stand It ("1969" / 2014 Mix)
00:03:26

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Reeves, 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.

9
She's My Best Friend ("1969" / Original Mix)
00:03:07

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

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

10
We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together ("1969" / 2014 Mix)
00:02:56

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Reeves, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Velvet Underground, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Levenson, Producer

℗ 1986 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
I'm Gonna Move Right In ("1969" / Original Mix)
00:06:32

Sterling Morrison, ComposerLyricist - Maureen Tucker, ComposerLyricist - John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Levenson, Producer

℗ 1986 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Ferryboat Bill ("1969" / Original Mix)
00:02:13

Sterling Morrison, ComposerLyricist - John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, Producer, MainArtist - Maureen Ann Tucker, ComposerLyricist - Bill Levenson, Producer

℗ 1986 Polydor Inc.

13
Rock And Roll ("1969" / Original Mix)
00:05:15

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

℗ 1986 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Ride Into The Sun ("1969" / 2014 Mix)
00:03:33

Sterling Morrison, ComposerLyricist - Maureen Tucker, ComposerLyricist - John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Reeves, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Velvet Underground, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2014 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 5

1
I'm Waiting For The Man (Live)
00:05:29

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, MainArtist - Peter Abram, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tardon, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 The Velvet Underground, under license to Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
What Goes On (Live)
00:04:33

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, MainArtist - Peter Abram, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tardon, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 The Velvet Underground, under license to Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Some Kinda Love (Live)
00:04:03

Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - The Velvet Underground, MainArtist - Peter Abram, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tardon, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 The Velvet Underground, under license to Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album review

Upon first release, the Velvet Underground's self-titled third album must have surprised their fans nearly as much as their first two albums shocked the few mainstream music fans who heard them. After testing the limits of how musically and thematically challenging rock could be on Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat, this 1969 release sounded spare, quiet, and contemplative, as if the previous albums documented some manic, speed-fueled party and this was the subdued morning after. (The album's relative calm has often been attributed to the departure of the band's most committed avant-gardist, John Cale, in the fall of 1968; the arrival of new bassist Doug Yule; and the theft of the band's amplifiers shortly before they began recording.) But Lou Reed's lyrical exploration of the demimonde is as keen here as on any album he ever made, while displaying a warmth and compassion he sometimes denied his characters. "Candy Says," "Pale Blue Eyes," and "I'm Set Free" may be more muted in approach than what the band had done in the past, but "What Goes On" and "Beginning to See the Light" made it clear the VU still loved rock & roll, and "The Murder Mystery" (which mixes and matches four separate poetic narratives) is as brave and uncompromising as anything on White Light/White Heat. This album sounds less like the Velvet Underground than any of their studio albums, but it's as personal, honest, and moving as anything Lou Reed ever committed to tape.

© Mark Deming /TiVo

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