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The Velvet Underground & Nico

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Birthplaces of Modern Rock

    This is one of the most innovative and cutting-edge albums of its time. Lou Reed must be remembered for treating rock 'n' roll as an ART. He and his bandmates John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker, take their instruments and compose their songs from all different genres. Examples are classical, pop, gothic, punk, and heavy metal. Many bands in the blues,punk, new wave, heavy metal, grunge, industrial, hip-hop, soft rock, and even country scene, definitely have an homage to pay to the Velvet Underground. Their legacy is on the same level as artists like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, etc.. If you want a landmark where modern rock started, this is one of them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the most Mindblowing albums ever created

    I bought this album on vinyl, and I was completely blown away. Lou Reed is a definite genius. This album ranges from punk, glam, goth, new wave, garage rock, noise, to pop songs. Its one of the most influential albums ever. After listening to the song "Heroin", you know where Sonic Youth gets inspiration from. The lyrics are phenomenal, containing songs that were considered controversial at the time. The songs talk about drugs, prostitution, transvestites, and s & m. Its one of the first albums that contains a variety of different music styles yet still has the same feel. I could never forget Nico's unforgettable contributions of vocals to the songs, including "Femme Fatale", "All Tommorow's Parties", "I'll Be Your Mirror" and her back up vocals to "Sunday Morning". She is one of the greatest female singers of all time. The next time you are at a record store, please pick this album up immediately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Punk, glam, new wave and alternative fans? Here's where it all began...

    There may be some debate as to where the origins of heavy metal lie. Many say the first heavy metal song was the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" (check the issue of Uncut with them on the cover for details)...one of the members of Blue Oyster Cult thinks it's the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black", still others cite Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" (certainly closer in style to what became accepted as heavy metal afterwards, plus had "heavy metal thunder" in its lyrics). But when it comes to finding the origins of punk, glam, new wave and alternative music, one need go no further than 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' released in 1967. It had all the right stuff to be the forerunner of those styles that came afterwards: it sold in low numbers, had very little commercial appeal (as anti-Summer of Love and different the Doors were during the same year, they had much more radio-readiness than the VU) and a distant, cool, detached, middle finger to the establishment attitude as any band could possibly be in the era of psychedelia, flower-power and all such things now beautifully essayed in Barry Miles' book 'Hippie'. It was a pretty diverse album too, slower ballads such as "Femme Fatale" and "Sunday Morning" (not the sort of ballads to be covered by the likes of Tom Jones or Joe Cocker!) and the grungy, noisy "I'm Waiting For the Man", "Heroin" and "Run Run Run", and the tracks I believe got this album to be voted among the top psychedelic albums of all-time (as per the book 'Turn On Your Mind'), "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "European Son" (psychedelia is a broader music genre than one might think). Lou Reed's songwriting is brilliant, and is a precursor for what he would be doing years later as a solo artist. With this debut album, the Velvet Underground became, arguably, the second-most influential band of all-time (after the Beatles, that is).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    REVOLUTIONARY!!

    EARLIER I REVIEWED THIS ALBUM AND I WAS A BIT TOO HASTY. I REALLY DECIPHERED IT FURTHER AND FOUND IT TO BE A ONE OF A KIND MASTERWORK. THIS ALBUM TACKLES TABOO SUBJECTS SUCH AS DRUG DEALS, S&M, AND VARIOUS OTHER CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS. IT IS SO DIABOLICAL IN IT'S PORTRAYAL OF THE SEEDY SIDE OF LIFE, AND, PAINTS AN OMINUS PORTRAIT OF IT. LOU REED'S UNUSUAL VOICE IS PERFECT FOR THE TYPE OF ENVIORMENT THE UNDERGROUND WANT'S TO PORTRAY. THE GERMAN MODEL 'NICO' IS NOT A TYPICAL ROCK STAR, BUT, SHE IS THE PERFECT VOICE FOR THIS TYPE OF MUSIC. THE MUSIC IS LOUD, HARD, AND FINGER NAIL DOWN THE CHALK BOARD TYPE OF SCREECHING IMAGERY. THIS IS WHERE ALTERNO-ROCK STARTED. THIS IS THE MOST IN DEPTH ALBUM I HAVE EVER HEARD, AND THE VERY BEST THIS REVIEWER HAS EVER COME ACROSS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Golden Banana:The Velvet Underground & Nico

    On their breathtaking debut, the velvet underground open a door to worlds that we only dream about,making it one of the classic recordings of all time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    velvety smooth

    this album is the cornerstone of todays alternative rock. this album is very moody. there are soft ballads, hard as nails electric guitar songs as well. the german model 'nico' does not add much to the album, but her contribution is memorable on the track 'femme fatale'. lou reed is his usual laid back self. this album is not for everyone, but everyone should have it.

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