Performer: The Velvet Underground
Engineer: Michael Barbiero...
Producer: The Velvet Underground; Bill Levenson...
Notes: Velvet Underground: Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker, Doug Yule. Recorded between February 12, 1968 and October 1, 1969. Includes liner notes by Kurt Loder and Bill Levenson. VU features tracks recorded mostly between THE VELVET UNDERGROUND and LOADED which were never released until they were rediscovered in the 80's. Recording information: 02/13/1968-10/01/1969. One of two volumes of previously unreleased Velvets tunes, VU consists of songs that were discovered in the early-'80s when preparations were being made for reissue of the band's first three records. A few of the songs ("I Can't Stand It," "Lisa Says," "Ocean") can be heard elsewhere in different versions, but most had never seen the light of day before in any form. Nine of the ten cuts feature the celebrated 1969 version of the band, with Reed, Tucker, Morrison and Yule, while "Temptation Inside Your Heart" is a Cale-era gem from 1968. The propulsive "Foggy Notion" is somewhat reminiscent of "Some Kinda Love" in its insistent pulse and slightly kinky lyrical bent. "I Can't Stand It" is the band at their most rocking, laying down an unswerving 4/4 beat that sounds destined to outlast even Twinkies and cockroaches. All the tunes on VU provide an illuminating glimpse into the band's musical closet, in which all manner of goodies--aesthetically comparable to their better-known cousins--apparently lurked.
Mojo (Publisher) (3/01/04, p.53) - Included in Mojo's The 67 Lost Albums You Must Own! - "Hugely popular as bootlegs, [these songs] sounded even better when officially released in 1985..."
From their early days as the house band for Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the Velvet Underground were the antithesis of late-1960s Flower Power optimism. Lou Reed's decadent lyrics and dour vocals proved to be the perfect match for the group's droning pop, and the early addition of goth-chanteuse Nico only served to increase VU's black-clad mystique. The influence of their blend of street poetry, avant-garde experimentalism, and raw rock & roll on punk and its aftermath is inestimable. It's been said that not many people heard their early records, but everyone who did went out and started a band.
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