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White Light/White Heat (Super Deluxe) [45th Anniversary]

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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.” 

Customer Reviews

White Hot

Cheers, Lou. Thank You.


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.

The Great Lou Reed and V.U...

Get this album. It's a lifechanger and a gamechanger. So great; I can't believe it's been 45 years since this came out. While you're at it, pick up Reed's solo stuff if you don't have them. New York rocks out.


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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