The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

 (45th Anniversary - Super Deluxe)

Total download size: 7.1 GB Total play length: 5:21:22
Cover art included, liner notes not included

The Velvet Underground's classic self-titled third album, released in March 1969, by MGM, was a departure from the band's first two albums in more ways than one. Gone was co-founding member John Cale, and in his place was a 21-year-old with Long Island roots named Doug Yule, who stepped right in. The record was also a stylistic leap, as Lou Reed describes it in Rolling Stone editor David Fricke's liner notes, 'I thought we had to demonstrate the other side of us. Fricke calls it 'a stunning turnaround… 10 tracks of mostly warm, explicit sympathy and optimism, expressed with melodic clarity, set in gleaming double-guitar jangle and near-whispered balladry. Or as the late rock critic Lester Bangs put it, 'How do you define a group like this, who moved from 'Heroin' to 'Jesus' in two short years?'

The first three volumes of the super deluxe version each feature an alternate mix of The Velvet Underground. The first is a remastered stereo version of MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin’s original mix. The second is Lou Reed‘s own “Closet Mix,” a term that the group’s guitarist Sterling Morrison gave because he thought it sounded like it was recorded in a closet. And the third is the mono mix that appeared on promotional copies of the album, as well as a mono version of the group’s “What Goes On” single (also featuring “Jesus”).

The fourth volume approximates what the band’s fourth album could have been, based around recordings it made at New York City’s Record Plant in 1969. Reed eventually re-recorded many of the songs, including “Lisa Says,” “I Can’t Stand It,” “Andy’s Chest” and “Rock & Roll,” for his solo albums. The disc contains 10 previously unheard mixes of songs, including ones done in 1969 and this year.

The super deluxe edition’s two final volumes comprise recordings of two concerts the group performed at the Matrix in November 1969. The box set’s producer compiled and mixed the recordings from the original multi-track recordings made by club manager Peter Abram. The set includes a 37-minute version of the group’s experimental “Sister Ray,” from its previous album, 1968’s White Light/White Heat, as well as a version of The Velvet Underground and Nico’s “There She Goes Again” that interpolates Marvin Gaye’s “Hitch Hike.”

Candy Says
What Goes On
Some Kinda Love
Pale Blue Eyes
Beginning To See The Light
I'm Set Free
That's The Story Of My Life
The Murder Mystery
After Hours
Candy Says (Closet Mix)
What Goes On (Closet Mix)
Some Kinda Love (Closet Mix)
Pale Blue Eyes (Closet Mix)
Jesus (Closet Mix)
Beginning To See The Light (Closet Mix)
I'm Set Free (Closet Mix)
That's The Story Of My Life (Closet Mix)
The Murder Mystery (Closet Mix)
After Hours
Beginning To See The Light (Alternate Closet Mix)
Candy Says (Mono Version)
What Goes On (Mono Version)
Some Kinda Love (Mono Version)
Pale Blue Eyes (Mono Version)
Jesus (Mono Version)
Beginning To See The Light (Mono Version)
I'm Set Free (Mono Version)
That's The Story Of My Life (Mono Version)
The Murder Mystery (Mono Version)
After Hours (Mono Single)
What Goes On (Mono Single)
Jesus (Mono Single)
Foggy Notion
One Of These Days (
Lisa Says (
I'm Sticking With You
Andy's Chest (
Coney Island Steeplechase (
I Can't Stand It (
She's My Best Friend (
We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (
I'm Gonna Move Right In (
Ferryboat Bill (
Rock And Roll (
Ride Into The Sun (
I'm Waiting For The Man (Live)
What Goes On (Live)
Some Kinda Love (Live)
Over You (Live)
We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Live)
Beginning To See The Light (Live)
Lisa Says (Live)
Rock And Roll (Live)
Pale Blue Eyes (Live)
I Can't Stand It Anymore (Live)
Venus In Furs (Live)
There She Goes Again (Live)
Sister Ray (Live)
Heroin (Live)
White Light/White Heat (Live)
I'm Set Free (Live)
After Hours (Live)
Sweet Jane (Live)

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