30 Songs, 3 Hours 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A legendary album and one of the loudest ever committed to tape, 1968's White Light/White Heat took the mystical sounds of the band's debut album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, and broke them open with a sledgehammer. Take two guitars turned past 11, an organ with its expression pedal stuck at the top, and a drummer who stood up to pound her floor toms, and you have the setting. This reissue also includes the sessions' gentler songs that didn't make the album—“Stephanie Says,” “Temptation Inside Your Heart,” “Hey Mr. Rain.” (They were initially saved for compilations that appeared in 1985 and 1986: VU and Another View, respectively.) Another bonus track, “Beginning to See the Light,” is performed in a slower, less manic version than the well-known cut from the band’s third album, The Velvet Underground. The original album is presented here in both speaker-stretching stereo and blunt, in-your-face mono (preferred), with the live NYC performances from 1967 showing the roots of every alternative band to follow. There's even a touch of the blues (Velvet Underground–style) on “Booker T.” 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

A legendary album and one of the loudest ever committed to tape, 1968's White Light/White Heat took the mystical sounds of the band's debut album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, and broke them open with a sledgehammer. Take two guitars turned past 11, an organ with its expression pedal stuck at the top, and a drummer who stood up to pound her floor toms, and you have the setting. This reissue also includes the sessions' gentler songs that didn't make the album—“Stephanie Says,” “Temptation Inside Your Heart,” “Hey Mr. Rain.” (They were initially saved for compilations that appeared in 1985 and 1986: VU and Another View, respectively.) Another bonus track, “Beginning to See the Light,” is performed in a slower, less manic version than the well-known cut from the band’s third album, The Velvet Underground. The original album is presented here in both speaker-stretching stereo and blunt, in-your-face mono (preferred), with the live NYC performances from 1967 showing the roots of every alternative band to follow. There's even a touch of the blues (Velvet Underground–style) on “Booker T.” 

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings
17 Ratings
jyo_tirmaya ,

Ancient...

This album going into the Velvet Underground's catalogue is like discovering a rare fossil or mummy in some area of the world like Egypt or Africa. It's very exciting and entertaining. I had to download this about as soon as I heard the first few songs.

echosage ,

Is ths remastered?

Is this a remastered edition or is it the same sound quility as the original album itunes download? Thanx

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Lou is the best!

Great release, great sound.

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