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White Light / White Heat (Super Deluxe)

The Velvet Underground

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The world of pop music was hardly ready for The Velvet Underground's first album when it appeared in the spring of 1967, but while The Velvet Underground and Nico sounded like an open challenge to conventional notions of what rock music could sound like (or what it could discuss), 1968's White Light/White Heat was a no-holds-barred frontal assault on cultural and aesthetic propriety. Recorded without the input of either Nico or Andy Warhol, White Light/White Heat was the purest and rawest document of the key Velvets lineup of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker, capturing the group at their toughest and most abrasive. The album opens with an open and enthusiastic endorsement of amphetamines (startling even from this group of noted drug enthusiasts), and side one continues with an amusing shaggy-dog story set to a slab of lurching mutant R&B ("The Gift"), a perverse variation on an old folktale ("Lady Godiva's Operation"), and the album's sole "pretty" song, the mildly disquieting "Here She Comes Now." While side one was a good bit darker in tone than the Velvets' first album, side two was where they truly threw down the gauntlet with the manic, free-jazz implosion of "I Heard Her Call My Name" (featuring Reed's guitar work at its most gloriously fractured), and the epic noise jam "Sister Ray," 17 minutes of sex, drugs, violence, and other non-wholesome fun with the loudest rock group in the history of Western Civilization as the house band. White Light/White Heat is easily the least accessible of The Velvet Underground's studio albums, but anyone wanting to hear their guitar-mauling tribal frenzy straight with no chaser will love it, and those benighted souls who think of the Velvets as some sort of folk-rock band are advised to crank their stereo up to ten and give side two a spin.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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1
White Light/White Heat
00:02:46

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

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
The Gift
00:08:19

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

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Lady Godiva's Operation
00:04:55

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

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Here She Comes Now
00:02:04

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

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I Heard Her Call My Name
00:04:37

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

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Sister Ray
00:17:30

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.

7
I Heard Her Call My Name (Alternate Take)
00:04:37

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Guess I'm Falling In Love (Instrumental Version)
00:03:33

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

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

9
Temptation Inside Your Heart
00:02:32

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

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

10
Stephanie Says
00:02:48

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

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

11
Hey Mr. Rain (Version 1)
00:04:39

Sterling Morrison, ComposerLyricist - John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reed, ComposerLyricist - John Convertino, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Velvet Underground, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Ann Tucker, ComposerLyricist

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

12
Hey Mr. Rain (Version 2)
00:05:23

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

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

13
Beginning To See The Light (Early Version)
00:03:39

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
White Light/White Heat (Mono Version)
00:02:46

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
The Gift (Mono Version)
00:08:16

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Lady Godiva's Operation (Mono Version)
00:04:54

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Here She Comes Now (Mono Version)
00:02:02

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I Heard Her Call My Name (Mono Version)
00:04:37

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Sister Ray (Mono Version)
00:17:30

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
White Light/White Heat (Mono Single Mix)
00:02:47

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Here She Comes Now (Mono Single Mix)
00:02:03

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
The Gift (Vocal Version)
00:08:07

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
The Gift (Instrumental)
00:08:16

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 3

1
Booker T. (Live In New York City / 1967)
00:06:45

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
I'm Not A Young Man Anymore (Live In New York City / 1967)
00:06:16

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Guess I'm Falling In Love (Live In New York City / 1967)
00:04:09

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
I'm Waiting For The Man (Live In New York City / 1967)
00:05:27

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Run Run Run (Live In New York City / 1967)
00:06:57

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Sister Ray (Live In New York City/1967)
00:19:02

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
The Gift (Live In New York City / 1967)
00:10:24

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

℗ 2013 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album review

The world of pop music was hardly ready for The Velvet Underground's first album when it appeared in the spring of 1967, but while The Velvet Underground and Nico sounded like an open challenge to conventional notions of what rock music could sound like (or what it could discuss), 1968's White Light/White Heat was a no-holds-barred frontal assault on cultural and aesthetic propriety. Recorded without the input of either Nico or Andy Warhol, White Light/White Heat was the purest and rawest document of the key Velvets lineup of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker, capturing the group at their toughest and most abrasive. The album opens with an open and enthusiastic endorsement of amphetamines (startling even from this group of noted drug enthusiasts), and side one continues with an amusing shaggy-dog story set to a slab of lurching mutant R&B ("The Gift"), a perverse variation on an old folktale ("Lady Godiva's Operation"), and the album's sole "pretty" song, the mildly disquieting "Here She Comes Now." While side one was a good bit darker in tone than the Velvets' first album, side two was where they truly threw down the gauntlet with the manic, free-jazz implosion of "I Heard Her Call My Name" (featuring Reed's guitar work at its most gloriously fractured), and the epic noise jam "Sister Ray," 17 minutes of sex, drugs, violence, and other non-wholesome fun with the loudest rock group in the history of Western Civilization as the house band. White Light/White Heat is easily the least accessible of The Velvet Underground's studio albums, but anyone wanting to hear their guitar-mauling tribal frenzy straight with no chaser will love it, and those benighted souls who think of the Velvets as some sort of folk-rock band are advised to crank their stereo up to ten and give side two a spin.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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