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Editors’ Notes

The Velvet Underground's debut is one of the most influential albums in rock 'n' roll history, inspiring nearly every type of alternative music that came after. The original album is a diverse mesh of styles, from the melancholy pop of "Sunday Morning" and the love-stung "I'll Be Your Mirror" to the drug-fueled "I'm Waiting for the Man," the S&M-charged "Venus in Furs," the hypnotic haze of "Heroin," the bright mid-'60s pop of "There She Goes Again," and the avant-garde expressionism of "European Son" and "Black Angel's Death Song." This 45th-anniversary edition includes stereo and mono versions of the album, alternate versions and mixes, Nico's first solo album (Chelsea Girl, which came with help from Lou Reed, John Cale, and Jackson Browne), the Sceptor Studio sessions, rehearsals from Andy Warhol's Factory, and an extensive live performance from the Valleydale Ballroom in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 4, 1966, which includes epic performances (nearly a half-hour apiece) of the experimental "Melody Laughter" and "The Nothing Song."

Customer Reviews

great works deserve continued study

i have only listened to this via spottily on my home stereo via an Istreamer DAC and iPhone so the sound quality was discount the live recording as not sounding good is misunderstanding the historical significance of the would be the same as finding some archeological ruins and complaining that they are not in a pristine condition.
clearly this package is designed for longterm fans of the VU.
there are many other versions to get….there is a two disc set one stereo and one mono which would enough
for most fans….

The Velvet Underground & Nico

How many versions of this great album do we need? Buy one..just not this one. The live tracks sound terrible. Why would an artist release something that is recorded at such low quality? I'm sorry. But this just smells of a need for money.


I luv the Velvet Underground and I especially love this album. However I don't love what universal is doing to make a quick buck.


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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