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Gold: The Velvet Underground

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The Velvet Underground released four studio albums during their too-brief career in the late ‘60s, each representing a different stylistic approach. They also recorded a “lost” album that didn’t see release until the mid-‘80s as VU and Another View and had several fascinating live collections assembled after their demise. This collection features none of the recordings from their final studio album Loaded but does include several key tracks from that album in live versions (“Sweet Jane,” “New Age,” “Rock and Roll”), as well as two tracks from original singer Nico’s debut solo album that featured the contributions of Lou Reed, John Cale and Sterling Morrison. Taken all together, with nine cuts from the band’s seminal debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, three from their abrasive masterpiece White Light/White Heat and five from their quiet and sublime self-titled third album. Gold doesn’t have any “hits” — only because the band never had any. But it does offer a decent overview of one of rock’s most important and influential bands.

Customer Reviews

bananas....(not really but kind of)

Wow, these junkies can sure make excellent music.


this may or may not be one of the chillest albums to come out of the 60's. one of these days and i'm waiting for the man are great for the porch on a whiskey night.

Pretty Good Collection, but..

it's not much more expensive to just get all the studio albums instead. You might as well.


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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