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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Does this five-CD box set feature an abundance of essential material? Certainly. It has all four of the studio albums released by the Lou Reed-led lineup, and a wealth of previously unreleased goodies. Is it an essential purchase? That depends on your level of fanaticism. Most serious Velvet fans have all four of the core studio albums already although the third, self-titled LP is presented in its muffled, so-called "closet" mix, and will be most interested in the previously unavailable recordings, which do hold considerable fascination. The entire first disc is devoted to a drummer-less 1965 rehearsal tape in John Cale's loft, with radically different, almost folky ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Does this five-CD box set feature an abundance of essential material? Certainly. It has all four of the studio albums released by the Lou Reed-led lineup, and a wealth of previously unreleased goodies. Is it an essential purchase? That depends on your level of fanaticism. Most serious Velvet fans have all four of the core studio albums already although the third, self-titled LP is presented in its muffled, so-called "closet" mix, and will be most interested in the previously unavailable recordings, which do hold considerable fascination. The entire first disc is devoted to a drummer-less 1965 rehearsal tape in John Cale's loft, with radically different, almost folky run-throughs of most of the important songs from their classic debut, as well as a song that only made it onto Nico's first LP "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams", and one which makes its first appearance anywhere the Dylanesque "Prominent Men". Other big bonuses include no less than seven outtakes from Loaded and other songs re-done by Reed on his early solo albums. And there are sundry other unreleased live and studio items, highlighted by a scorching live 1967 "Guess I'm Falling in Love" and the 1969 demo "Countess From Hong Kong." There are also highlights from VU and Another View, longer versions of Loaded's "Sweet Jane" and "New Age," and an 80-page booklet. The thing is, though, that virtually everyone who's interested in this material has already bought the four studio albums, sometimes several times over. A separate release of the two discs or so of truly new material would have been welcomed by the many fans who aren't interested in paying for a five-CD box of stuff when they already have well over half of it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/1995
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731452788726
  • Catalog Number: 527887
  • Sales rank: 49,580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Venus in Furs (15:33)
  2. 2 Prominent Men (4:53)
  3. 3 Heroin (13:34)
  4. 4 I'm Waiting for the Man (9:50)
  5. 5 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (15:50)
  6. 6 All Tomorrow's Parties (18:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All Tomorrow's Parties (2:49)
  2. 2 Sunday Morning (2:54)
  3. 3 I'm Waiting for the Man (4:38)
  4. 4 Femme Fatale (2:37)
  5. 5 Venus in Furs (5:10)
  6. 6 Run Run Run (4:19)
  7. 7 All Tomorrow's Parties (5:58)
  8. 8 Heroin (7:10)
  9. 9 There She Goes Again (2:39)
  10. 10 I'll Be Your Mirror (2:12)
  11. 11 The Black Angel's Death Song (3:12)
  12. 12 European Son (7:47)
  13. 13 Melody Laughter (10:43)
  14. 14 It Was a Pleasure Then (8:02)
  15. 15 Chelsea Girls (7:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1 There Is No Reason (2:12)
  2. 2 Sheltered Life (2:52)
  3. 3 It's All Right (The Way That You Live) (2:48)
  4. 4 I'm Not Too Sorry (Now That You're Gone) (2:17)
  5. 5 Here She Comes Now (2:46)
  6. 6 Guess I'm Falling in Love (4:10)
  7. 7 Booker T. (6:30)
  8. 8 White Light/White Heat (2:45)
  9. 9 The Gift (8:17)
  10. 10 Lady Godiva's Operation (4:54)
  11. 11 Here She Comes Now (2:02)
  12. 12 I Heard Her Call My Name (4:36)
  13. 13 Sister Ray (17:27)
  14. 14 Stephanie Says (2:49)
  15. 15 Temptation Inside Your Heart (2:30)
  16. 16 Hey Mr. Rain (4:40)
Disc 4
  1. 1 What Goes On (5:34)
  2. 2 Candy Says (4:04)
  3. 3 What Goes On (4:35)
  4. 4 Some Kinda Love (3:39)
  5. 5 Pale Blue Eyes (5:42)
  6. 6 Jesus (3:24)
  7. 7 Beginning to See the Light (4:47)
  8. 8 I'm Set Free (4:04)
  9. 9 That's the Story of My Life (2:02)
  10. 10 The Murder Mystery (8:55)
  11. 11 After Hours (2:09)
  12. 12 Foggy Notion (6:47)
  13. 13 I Can't Stand It (3:22)
  14. 14 I'm Sticking with You (2:28)
  15. 15 One of These Days (4:00)
  16. 16 Lisa Says (2:57)
  17. 17 It's Just Too Much (2:59)
  18. 18 Countess from Hong Kong (3:17)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Who Loves the Sun (2:45)
  2. 2 Sweet Jane (4:06)
  3. 3 Rock & Roll (4:43)
  4. 4 Cool It Down (3:04)
  5. 5 New Age (5:07)
  6. 6 Head Held High (2:56)
  7. 7 Lonesome Cowboy Bill (2:43)
  8. 8 I Found a Reason (4:15)
  9. 9 Train Round the Bend (3:21)
  10. 10 Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (7:25)
  11. 11 Satellite of Love (2:58)
  12. 12 Walk and Talk It (2:23)
  13. 13 Oh Gin (2:44)
  14. 14 Sad Song (3:30)
  15. 15 Ocean (5:43)
  16. 16 Ride into the Sun (3:20)
  17. 17 Some Kinda Love (10:22)
  18. 18 I'll Be Your Mirror (2:06)
  19. 19 I Love You (2:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Velvet Underground Primary Artist, Primary Artist
John Cale Organ, Bass, Piano, Celeste, Viola, Vocals, Background Vocals, Electric Viola
Nico Vocals
Lou Reed Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Maureen Tucker Percussion, Vocals
Sterling Morrison Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Billy Yule Drums
Doug Yule Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Cale Composer, Contributor
Lou Reed Composer
Maureen Tucker Composer
The Velvet Underground Producer
Adrian Barber Engineer
Harry Barris Composer
Geoffrey Haslam Producer, Engineer
Billy Moll Composer
Sterling Morrison Composer
Moe Tucker Composer
Andy Warhol Producer
Hy Weiss Composer
Tom Wilson Producer
Doug Yule Composer
Shel Kagan Producer
Gary Kellgren Engineer
Norman Dolph Engineer
David Fricke Liner Notes
Omi Haden Engineer
John Licata Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    velvets in a box

    Basically what you get here is not only every velvet song recorded, but you have some different versions and a lot of more 'b-side' songs. if you feel the velvet underground is a decent band, then i'd spend the 50 bucks...if you're not familiar i'd get velvet underground and nico. after that you'll probably come back to buy this.

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