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Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition)

The Velvet Underground

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Loaded was the fourth and final Velvet Underground album featuring Lou Reed (a fifth VU album, recorded between the self-titled third album and this one, was issued in the ‘80s as VU and Another View). As Reed’s swan song, it features some of his finest, yet most conventional, material: “Who Loves the Sun” is practically AM radio pop. “Sweet Jane” and “Rock and Roll,” both presented here, as is “New Age,” in unedited form, are simple, straightforward rock tunes, natural radio-ready fare. From a band that had built its reputation on an unusual, even confrontational, sound, it’s quite a surprise — and welcomed, since the band plays flawlessly and the songs are among the finest of Reed’s career. This “Fully Loaded” version includes the original album in addition to a generous helping of alternate takes, mixes and demos that recreate the entire album and throw together other rarities from the period that Reed used to fuel the early portion of his solo career a few years later. Highlights include an interesting attempt at “I Found a Reason,” an eerie take and demo of “Ocean,” and early attempts at Reed solo tracks, including “Sad Song” (which appeared on Berlin) and “Satellite of Love” (a stand-out on Transformer.

Customer Reviews

Sweet Jane

This Is Wonderful Package Of Velvet Underground's 4th album Loaded. This album was supposed to be ''loaded'' with hits as their record company tried to make it, So there is a comercial sound to it, But it is a impressive record with some superb songs like ''Sweet Jane'', ''Rock And Roll'', ''New Age'', ''Oh Sweet nuthin''. Even Better are the demos alternitves and early versons of songs and other unused songs. This isnt their best record, but it is still a very fine record in the legend of Velvet Undergound.

An amazing album

In my opinion, some of these songs excede those on mainstream VU albums, such as "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" and "Ocean". Definitely recommended to any velvet-ophile

Loaded with Filler is More Like It

Loaded, probably one of the finest albums by the Velvet Underground, has now been presented for your consuming pleasure with 23 extra songs added. However, as one reviewer pointed out, basically all of the songs on the album are demo versions or outtake versions or alternate mixes of the same song! It seems to me that getting a separate copy of the same album just to get a bunch of alternate studio mixes of the songs is a little pointless. That's probably why I don't normally shell out a lot of money for deluxe editions, or The Beatles Anthology series. I liked Loaded when I first heard it. But, this is a little too big of a deal to make about an album like this. I can see doing this to The Velvet Underground's first album, their most famous and best-selling album, but all they did to that one was add a second disc comprised of mono versions of the same song. At least they haven't done that here. Only rabid Loaded fans will enjoy this. Fans who want every single version of every VU song they can get their hands on. I perfer to stay out of it. Recommended Tracks: "Rock and Roll" "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'"

Biography

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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