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The Velvet Underground – The Very Best of the Velvet Underground

The Very Best of the Velvet Underground

A great collection of 18 great Velevets tracks.

It’s always difficult to compile a Best Of VU, aside from subjectivity on individual tracks, the work is so consistently magnificent that you really need to listen to all their albums.

I personally much prefer the avant-garde edginess of the first two albums – The Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat – when John Cale’s post-modern music sensibilities perfectly meshed with Reed’s poetry of the real.

This was sold as the definitive collection from one of the most influential bands of all time. Contains all their singles & album highlights. Featuring six tracks from their classic, seminal debut album, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967). 18 tracks in all packaged in a slipcase.

Thought of you as my mountain top,
Thought of you as my peak.
Thought of you as everything,
I’ve had but couldn’t keep.
I’ve had but couldn’t keep.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
If I could make the world as pure
and strange as what I see,

I’d put you in the mirror,
I put in front of me.

Most fans of the VU are very dedicated and over-familiar with this legendary band’s classic albums. That means they may not like this non-chronological sequence of tracks. I find it a refreshing listening experience because it highlights the individual songs instead of the overall feel of those album masterpieces.

It’s great to hear Pale Blue Eyes after All Tomorrow’s Parties and to have it followed by Femme Fatale, it somehow seems right. Another refreshing sequence is the wistful Sunday Morning being followed by Rock `n Roll, which concludes the album.

Of course this collection excludes some familiar tracks like The Gift but it does include most of their most accessible numbers like Sweet Jane, Waiting For The Man Venus In Furs and the aforementioned Pale Blue Eyes. Plus the controversial and experimental White Light White Heat and the overwhelming Heroin. A good selection, in my book, that’s why I don’t hesitate to give it five stars.

– Amazon Reviewer


01. Sweet Jane
02. I’m Sticking with You (1969 version)
03. I’m Waiting for the Man
04. What Goes On
05. White Light/White Heat
06. All Tomorrow’s Parties
07. Pale Blue Eyes
08. Femme Fatale
09. Heroin
10. Here She Comes Now
11. Stephanie Says
12. Venus in Furs
13. Beginning to See the Light
14. I Heard Her Call My Name
15. Some Kinda Love (alternate take)
16. I Can’t Stand It
17. Sunday Morning
18. Rock and Roll

Here be greatness;

Thanks to the original poster

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April 12, 2008 Posted by | John Cale, Lou Reed, Moe Tucker, Music_Alternative, Sterling Morrison, The Velvet Underground, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Velvet Underground & Nico – Deluxe Edition

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Velvet Underground & Nico – Velvet Underground & Nico – Deluxe Edition

Extra Tracks
Original Recording Remastered

I’m not prone to hyperbole, but the Velvet Underground & Nico is surely one of the greatest albums ever made, or ever will be made, in the history of the universe!

I fucking love it to death, anyway!

This album has been hugely influential on countless great groups that came after.

What’s amazing is how fresh the album sounds. It seems to exist somewhere out of time.

This album was hugely innovative in terms of its musicality and edginess, primarily thanks to the avant-garde sensibilities of the great John Cale combined with Lou Reed’s wonderful, poetry of the streets, which called to mind great writers such as Huber Selby Jr (who I fucking love), Burroughs, Celine etc. Sterling Morrison and Moe tucker also contributed immensely to the power of the music.

Each song on this classic album is a masterpiece in its own right.

This is true art. Timeless art.

Up to a Brownstone, up three flights of stairs
Everybody’s pinned you, but nobody cares
He’s got the works, gives you sweet taste
Ah then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
I’m waiting for my man
Baby don’t you holler, darlin’ don’t you bawl and shout
I’m feeling good, you know I’m gonna work it on out
I’m feeling good, I’m feeling oh so fine
Until tomorrow, but that’s just some other time

The Velvet Underground and Nico was the debut album by The Velvets and vocal collaborator Nico, and was originally released in March 1967 by Verve Records.

//” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.In 2002, Universal released this two-disc “Deluxe Edition” set containing both stereo and mono mixes of the entire album, along with five songs taken from Nico’s Chelsea Girl (“Little Sister”, “Winter Song”, “It Was a Pleasure Then”, “Chelsea Girls”, and “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams”) and single versions of “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, “I’ll Be Your Mirror”, “Sunday Morning”, and “Femme Fatale”. A limited edition release of the set featured a reproduction of the original cover’s peelable banana sticker.

Recorded in 1966 during Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, The Velvet Underground and Nico would gain notoriety for its experimentalist performance sensibilites, as well as its focus on controversial subject matter in songs such as “Heroin”.

Though largely ignored upon its release, it has since become one of the most influential and critically lauded rock albums in history, appearing as #13 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time as well as being added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Librarian of Congress.

I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather
Shiny leather in the dark
Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Severin, Severin, speak so slightly
Severin, down on your bended knee
Taste the whip, in love not given lightly
Taste the whip, now plead for me

The Velvet Underground and Nico was recorded with the first professional line up of The Velvet Underground, including Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen “Moe” Tucker; with Nico, who would occasionally sing lead with the band at the instigation of their mentor and manager, Andy Warhol.

//” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Nico sings lead on three of the album’s tracks (“Femme Fatale”, “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “I’ll Be Your Mirror”) and back up on “Sunday Morning”.

In 1966, as the album was being recorded, this was also the line up that would perform live as a part of Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

The bulk of the songs that would become The Velvet Underground and Nico were recorded in mid-April, 1966, during a four-day stint at Scepter Studios, a decrepit recording studio in New York City. This recording session was financed by Warhol and Columbia Records’ sales executive Norman Dolph, who also acted as an engineer with John Licata. Though exact total cost of the project is unknown, estimates vary from $1500 to $3000.

There is some confusion as to who actually produced The Velvet Underground and Nico. Although Andy Warhol was the only formally credited producer, he had very little direct influence or authority over the album beyond paying for the recording sessions. In fact, several other individuals who worked on the album are often mentioned as the album’s technical producer.

Lou Reed discussed the matter in an interview:

He just made it possible for us to be ourselves and go right ahead with it because he was Andy Warhol. In a sense, he really did produce it, because he was this umbrella that absorbed all the attacks when we weren’t large enough to be attacked… and as a consequence of him being the producer, we’d just walk in and set up and do what we always did and no one would stop it because Andy was the producer.
Of course he didn’t know anything about record production—but he didn’t have to. He just sat there and said “Oooh, that’s fantastic,” and the engineer would say, “Oh yeah! Right! It is fantastic, isn’t it?
I’ll be your mirror
Reflect what you are, in case you don’t know
I’ll be the wind, the rain and the sunset
The light on your door to show that you’re home
When you think the night has seen your mind
That inside you’re twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind
Please put down your hands
‘Cause I see you
I find it hard to believe you don’t know
the beauty you are

The Velvet Underground and Nico is sometimes referred to as the “banana album” as it features a Warhol print of a banana on the cover. Early copies of the album invited the owner to “Peel slowly and see”; peeling back the banana skin revealed a flesh-colored banana underneath.

A special machine was needed to manufacture these covers (one of the causes of the album’s delayed release), but MGM paid for costs figuring that any ties to Warhol would boost sales of the album.

When the Velvets recorded this debut, they were best known as the protégés of Andy Warhol (who of course designed the sleeve), and as a grating, combustive live band.

Fuelled by drummer Moe Tucker’s no-nonsense wham and John Cale’s howling viola, some of the straight-up rock & roll and arty noise extravaganzas here bear that out.

But before Lou Reed was singing about sadomasochism and drug deals and writing lyrics inspired by his favorite poets, he was a pop songwriter, and this album has some of his prettiest tunes, mostly sung by Nico, the German dark angel who appeared with the band only this disc.

Even the sordid rockers are underscored by graceful pop tricks, like the two-chord flutter at the center of the classic “Heroin.”

– Amazon



Disc: 1

1. Sunday Morning
2. I’m Waiting For The Man
3. Femme Fatale
4. Venus In Furs
5. Run Run Run
6. All Tomorrow’s Parties
7. Heroin
8. There She Goes Again
9. I’ll Be Your Mirror
10. The Black Angel’s Death Song
11. European Son
12. Little Sister
13. Winter Song
14. It Was A Pleasure Then
15. Chelsea Girls
16. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

Disc: 2

1. Sunday Morning
2. I’m Waiting For The Man
3. Femme Fatale
4. Venus In Furs
5. Run Run Run
6. All Tomorrow’s Parties
7. Heroin
8. There She Goes Again
9. I’ll Be Your Mirror
10. The Black Angel’s Death Song
11. European Son
12. All Tomorrow’s Parties
13. I’ll Be Your Mirror (Mono)
14. Sunday Morning
15. Femme Fatale (Mono)

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no pass

You have to dl the 2 separate files


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April 12, 2008 Posted by | John Cale, Lou Reed, Moe Tucker, Music_Alternative, Nicolas Hodge, Sterling Morrison, The Velvet Underground, _MUSIC | 4 Comments