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Editors’ Notes

Though this is bootleg quality, recorded on a personal tape recorder from a table in a nightclub — sometimes catching as much audience conversation as it does band performance, it remains a fascinating document of Lou Reed’s final nights with the underground cult band he founded. This “Deluxe Edition” includes nearly all of the band’s final two sets and, in spite of its obvious imperfections, contains some of the finest rock n’ roll songs of any era performed with a committed jolt of energy. Drummer Maureen Tucker was pregnant and unable to perform, so bassist Doug Yule’s teenaged brother was brought in. Where Tucker was a tribal primitive, unwilling or unable to perform a drum roll (she played standing up), Billy slams full-speed ahead with a series of splashing rolls and aggressive hard-rock drumming that gives Lou Reed no time to contemplate. “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “White Light / White Heat” sound like a punk band’s cover version, while the quieter material (“Pale Blue Eyes,” “Candy Says”) retains a sweetness and intimacy that makes Max’s Kansas City seem like a comfortable community center where its inhabitants — including would-be punk-poet Jim Carroll — canvas the audience for drugs and discuss movies.

Customer Reviews

Listen, man....

All reviews that knock this album are bogus. They say Lou had one foot out the door and didn't care about his VU anymore. This is crap. This is one of Lou's better performances, and this is really special for the VU w/o Mo Tucker. You get to hear the VU with a full-drumset drummer - happens to be doug yule's little brother. Classic recording, DO NOT HESITATE to buy this!

Velvet's good!

I think anything Underground, is good. . .

Great Live Bootleg

This is a really neat album that puts the listener at Maxs during this historic concert. The quality is lacking as it is sourced from the bootleg tapes, but that is what gives it that raw and authentic feel


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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