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1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 1

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The Velvet Underground were little more than a rumor when Lou Reed left the band in 1970, but by 1974, thanks to Reed's success as a solo artist, the Velvets had become a bona fide cult item, and that year Mercury Records released a two-record set compiled from tapes from shows in Dallas and San Francisco entitled 1969: Velvet Underground Live. The album featured a generous 104 minutes of music, and when Mercury reissued it on CD in 1988, rather than edit the material or release a two-CD set, they put out the album as two separate discs. While this seemed like a rather curious move, the album's sequence was such that it divided in half quite cleanly, and while any VU fan will want both volumes, they don't work half bad as individual albums. 1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 1 rocks a bit harder than its counterpart; it opens with a grooving version of "Waiting for the Man," moves on to a rave-up take of "What Goes On" that features some of Lou Reed's finest rhythm guitar work, and closes out with passionate renditions of "Rock and Roll" and "Beginning to See the Light." And where there are a number of ballads on hand (most notably a lovely take of "Lisa Says" and versions of "Sweet Jane" and "New Age" considerably different from those on Loaded), they sound just as committed and compelling as the rockers. While the Doug Yule-era edition of the Velvet Underground often gets short shrift from aficionados, the performances on 1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 1 prove this band still had plenty of fire, and was playing at the top of their game. The CD also adds a final bonus track, an unreleased version of "Heroin"; while the same song appears on Vol. 2, this recording is a different (and considerably more aggressive) performance.

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Best VU Live Album

The totally epic 1969 Live album documents tons of different live performances that The Velvet Underground did in,...well, 1969. Unfortunately, the CD releases are split up into two volumes. Trust me, they're worth the price and the hunt you have to go through to find both of them. Particularly volume one... Volume One has songs that can be seen as both good or bad. The version of "I'm Waiting for the Man" on here is excellent, but the first three minutes is Lou Reed muttering unintelligibly under his breath to the audience. The version of "Sweet Jane" lacks enthusiasm and the version of "Rock 'n' Roll" (My favorite Velvet Underground song) is disappointing. However, "Heroin," "What Goes On," and the unimaginative "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" are all classics. On the majority of the songs, Reed changes the lyrics up (On "New Age" and "Lisa Says" mostly), which is confusing and slightly unpleasant, but he makes up for it with his mesmerizing droning vocals and awesome guitar improvisations ("What Goes On" especially). Also, these live cuts were recorded after John Cale left the group, and Doug Yule doesn't quite do him justice. Listen to the studio albums before you embark on the double-CD trip that 1969 involves. You'll like it, but get a sense of the band's sound before you attempt it. Recommended Tracks: "I'm Waiting for the Man" "What Goes On" "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" "Heroin"

Best. Album. Ever.

This is THE album. You must have it. MUST. Then you must lie down, close your eyes, and listen to "What Goes On." Then "Pale Blue Eyes," which despite the crappy sound is sublime. Damn.

this is the velvet underground.

seriously- everyone needs a copy.


Fecha de formación: New York, NY, 1964

Género: Rock

Años de actividad: '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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