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The Velvet Underground – First Album Test Acetate (1966 ) – RARE!

The Velvet Underground – 1st Album Test Acetate ( 1966 )

The Mystery Of The Velvet Underground’s “Real First Record”
(And How The Only Existing Copy Was Bought For 75 Cents!!)

Any VU fan would already know the score, but if you don’t the whole story of this record is set out below.

The acetate was so pricey because it’s thought to be the only surviving copy of the early version of The Velvet Undergrounds’ classic eponymous album.

The 1966 recording features nine alternative versions of Velvet Underground tracks and is thought to be part of the much reported lost Scepter Studio Recordings.

Arguably the rarest and most important rock’n’roll /art artefact in the world”. They claim that this is, in fact, the original version of the Velvets’ legendary first album The Velvet Underground and Nico, their proof being that producer Andy Warhol apparently sent it as the finished article to Columbia records – who responded to the depravity within with the words to the effect of “do you think we’re out of our fucking minds?”

Norman Dolph’s original acetate pressing of the Scepter Studios material contains several recordings that would make it onto the final album, though many are different mixes of those recordings and three are different takes entirely.

The acetate was pressed on April 25, 1966, shortly after the recording sessions. It would resurface decades later when it was bought by collector Warren Hill of Montreal, Canada in September 2002 at a flea market in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City for $0.75.

Hill put the album up for auction on eBay in November 2006.

On December 8, 2006, a winning bid for $155,401 was placed, but not honoured. The album was again placed for auction on eBay and was successfully sold on December 16, 2006 for $25,200.

It is important to note that ten songs were recorded during the Scepter sessions and only nine appear on the acetate cut. Dolph recalls “There She Goes Again” being the missing song (and, indeed, the version of “There She Goes Again” that appears on the final LP is attributed to the Scepter Studios session).

Though rumours have circulated concerning an eventual official release of this version of the album, this has yet to be confirmed or announced by any major record label. However, a ripped version of the acetate began circulating the internet in January 2007. Bootleg versions of the acetate tracks have also become available on vinyl and CD.


  1. “European Son” – 8:49†
  2. “The Black Angel’s Death Song” – 3:13†
  3. “All Tomorrow’s Parties” – 5:51†
  4. “I’ll Be Your Mirror” – 2:07†
  5. “Heroin” – 6:12‡
  6. “Femme Fatale” – 2:36†
  7. “Venus In Furs” – 4:35‡
  8. “I’m Waiting For The Man” – 4:11‡
  9. “Run Run Run” – 4:23†
† – denotes track as same take, but different mix from album version
‡ – denotes track as different take from album version
Here she be:


thanks thewickedthing

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May 21, 2008 - Posted by | John Cale, Lou Reed, Music_Alternative, The Velvet Underground, _MUSIC

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you!


    Comment by JDT | June 2, 2008

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