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Guitarist Robert Quine, who went on to work with Lou Reed and inspire his solo career, had the foresight to record the Velvet Underground back in 1969 when the band was working around the San Francisco area. The band was hardly a success at this point, playing to what sounds like a half-full house. However, their influence on punk and post-punk would explode in the ensuing decades. These audience recordings are in glorious mono and mostly redeemed by the band’s ferocious commitment to its material. There are three versions of “Sister Ray” here, none shorter than 24 minutes. This is spirited overkill, and much appreciated by their rabid cult. Several rarities (“It’s Just Too Much,” “Over You,” “Ride into the Sun,” “Follow the Leader”), band staples (“I’m Waiting for the Man,” “What Goes On,” “Sunday Morning”) and previews of material to be featured on the soon-to-be-recorded and final Reed-led album Loaded (“New Age,” “Rock ‘n Roll”) make this a well-balanced, if exhaustive, collection.

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Not live 1969, but still some of the best live material out there.

Overall, worse than "Live, 1969"--the best live rock band record alive. Much better though than "Max's Kansas City", which is ruined with Billy Yule's monster drums (where one can hear how soon Lou's solo career would sound). Certainly, the quality of this is worse than Max's, it's however, the VU at the top of their game, similar to "Live, 1969." This collection includes estimable versions of "Sister Ray" which is preferable to early bootleg versions with John Cale (the 38:00 minute version here is otherworldly)--and, it positively must be true they were a much better live band during this period. All said and done, the linchpin is the 17:00 minute version of "Follow the Leader," an extended rhythm guitar marathon w/ a mighty band pumpin' in unison. The 10:00 version of "White Light/White Heat" comes a close second...And if you want to really know how good this is, dig up how it influenced Robert Quine's guitar playing. "You know his life was changed by rock-n-roll."


the best live collection of all time of any band. A significant square from the quilt of your life is absent without these songs.

a must have

this has got to be the best live album ever i love it and highly say this is fantastic the three versions of sister ray are great, not a single bad song its worth your money


Formed: 1964 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s

Few rock groups can claim to have broken so much new territory, and maintain such consistent brilliance on record, as the Velvet Underground during their brief lifespan. It was the group's lot to be ahead of, or at least out of step with, their time. The mid- to late '60s was an era of explosive growth and experimentation in rock, but the Velvets' innovations -- which blended the energy of rock with the sonic adventurism of the avant-garde, and introduced a new degree of social realism and sexual...
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