Velvet Underground & Nico [Limited Edition]

Velvet Underground & Nico [Limited Edition]

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by The Velvet Underground
     
 

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Thirty-five years after it was originally released, the debut album from this groundbreaking band can still send chills down the spine -- all while sounding fresher than just about any of the scores of imitators to have emerged in their wake. This double-your-pleasure repackaging offers both the stereo and mono mixes of the album, the latter a dark, foreboding version…  See more details below

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Thirty-five years after it was originally released, the debut album from this groundbreaking band can still send chills down the spine -- all while sounding fresher than just about any of the scores of imitators to have emerged in their wake. This double-your-pleasure repackaging offers both the stereo and mono mixes of the album, the latter a dark, foreboding version preferred by the band at the time. Both renderings have their appeal: The more commonly heard stereo mix emphasizes the power generated by Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison's scrabbling guitars (on "Heroin") and the surreal soundscapes that poured forth from John Cale's viola ("Black Angel's Death Song"), while the stark mono version focuses the songs' nascent claustrophobia, emphasizing the degree to which the Velvets were removed from their Day-Glo Summer of Love peers. The first disc in this set appends five songs from Nico's Chelsea Girl album (on which she's backed by Reed, Cale, and Morrison); the second disc is rounded out by single edits of four songs that -- to no one's surprise -- didn't exactly tear up the AM radio charts ("All Tomorrow's Parties"/"I'll Be Your Mirror" and "Sunday Morning"/"Femme Fatale"). The package includes lyrics and detailed liner notes, and the discs are housed in a replica of Andy Warhol's original packaging -- the limited edition even replicates his famous peelable banana design. Having proven its timeless appeal, The Velvet Underground and Nico remains as visceral as ever.

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Thirty-five years after it was originally released, the debut album from this groundbreaking band can still send chills down the spine -- all while sounding fresher than just about any of the scores of imitators to have emerged in their wake. This double-your-pleasure repackaging offers both the stereo and mono mixes of the album, the latter a dark, foreboding version preferred by the band at the time. Both renderings have their appeal: The more commonly heard stereo mix emphasizes the power generated by Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison's scrabbling guitars (on "Heroin") and the surreal soundscapes that poured forth from John Cale's viola ("Black Angel's Death Song"), while the stark mono version focuses the songs' nascent claustrophobia, emphasizing the degree to which the Velvets were removed from their Day-Glo Summer of Love peers. The first disc in this set appends five songs from Nico's Chelsea Girl album (on which she's backed by Reed, Cale, and Morrison); the second disc is rounded out by single edits of four songs that -- to no one's surprise -- didn't exactly tear up the AM radio charts ("All Tomorrow's Parties"/"I'll Be Your Mirror" and "Sunday Morning"/"Femme Fatale"). The package includes lyrics and detailed liner notes, and the discs are housed in a replica of Andy Warhol's original packaging -- the limited edition even replicates his famous peelable banana design. Having proven its timeless appeal, The Velvet Underground and Nico remains as visceral as ever.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The "deluxe edition" of the Velvet Underground's classic debut album is somewhat disappointing in that it fails to offer any previously unreleased material, even as it expands its length from one to two CDs. The key bonus is the inclusion of both the stereo and mono versions of the album, which fill up most of disc one and disc two, respectively. To fill out the program, disc one also includes the five songs from Nico's first album, 1967's Chelsea Girl, in which Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Nico were involved in the songwriting; disc two adds the 45 rpm single versions of "All Tomorrow's Parties," "I'll Be Your Mirror," "Sunday Morning," and "Femme Fatale." To be frank, the differences between the stereo and mono versions are not major enough to be noticed by most listeners, although hardcore collectors will probably appreciate the opportunity to pick up a mono version rather than ante up for an expensive original mono LP. The five Nico songs, though quite good, are easily available on Chelsea Girl itself. Finally, the differences between the 45 rpm single versions and album ones are quite minor: "All Tomorrow's Parties" is heard in an edited version that reduces its running time by half, and "Sunday Morning" has a little bit of studio chatter at the very beginning. More significantly, "I'll Be Your Mirror" does not fade out as it does on the album, but goes on for five additional seconds, coming to a rounded ending on a guitar chord. That's about the most notable musical bonus on this package, and it's a pretty steep price to pay for two CDs worth of material (much of which many interested in the Velvet Underground will already have) just to hear that. The booklet has a reasonable overview essay and lyrics, but isn't that huge or detailed, and again offers little that intense fans of the album and band wouldn't already know. This is great music, of course, as many critics have noted, innovative in its lyrical exploration of drugs, sex, the psychology of romance, and urban decadence, musically explosive in both the assaultive avant-garde construction of its louder numbers and the magnificent melodies of its ballads, and filled with great songs like "I'll Be Your Mirror," "All Tomorrow's Parties," "Venus in Furs," "Femme Fatale," and "The Black Angel's Death Song" (not to mention the Nico solo tunes of an only slightly lower caliber, like "Chelsea Girls" and "It Was a Pleasure Then"). But it's not something that you really need if you already own The Velvet Underground & Nico, unless you're a truly major devotee. By the way, there is a limited edition version that, like the original LP, has a peelable banana on the cover, though the packaging (with the track listing on a plastic case) is set up so that you'll probably end up peeling it whether you want to or not when you slide the album in and out of the case.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0731458958826
catalogNumber:
589588

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sunday Morning
  2. I'm Waiting for the Man
  3. Femme Fatale
  4. Venus in Furs
  5. Run Run Run
  6. All Tomorrow's Parties
  7. Heroin
  8. There She Goes Again
  9. I'll Be Your Mirror
  10. The Black Angel's Death Song
  11. European Son
  12. Little Sister
  13. Winter Song
  14. It Was a Pleasure Then
  15. Chelsea Girls
  16. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams

Disc 2

  1. Sunday Morning
  2. I'm Waiting for the Man
  3. Femme Fatale
  4. Venus in Furs
  5. Run Run Run
  6. All Tomorrow's Parties
  7. Heroin
  8. There She Goes Again
  9. I'll Be Your Mirror
  10. The Black Angel's Death Song
  11. European Son
  12. All Tomorrow's Parties
  13. I'll Be Your Mirror
  14. Sunday Morning
  15. Femme Fatale

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Velvet Underground   Primary Artist
John Cale   Bass,Piano,Celeste,Background Vocals,Electric Viola
Lou Reed   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Maureen Tucker   Percussion
Larry Fallon   Conductor
Sterling Morrison   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Velvet Underground   Arranger
Larry Fallon   Arranger
David Greene   Remixing
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Gene Radice   Remixing
Moe Tucker   Composer
Val Valentin   Director Of Engineering
Andy Warhol   Producer,Cover Painting
Tom Wilson   Producer
Gary Kellgren   Engineer
Norman Dolph   Engineer
Omi Haden   Engineer
John Licata   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Acy Lehman   Cover Design
John Wilcock   Liner Notes
Jeff Willens   Mastering
Dave Thompson   Liner Notes
David Antim   Liner Notes
Jonas Mekas   Liner Notes
Richard Goldstein   Liner Notes

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The Velvet Underground & Nico 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This collection is an amazingly diverse one that truly gives a glipmse into the range and talent of this most influential band. The Velvets pioneered the sound defined as alternative in the early to mid 90's. Their influence also spread to avant garde music. Their musical melody lines have a wonderful ambient feel that still maintains a heated driving force. Reed's vocals seem free flowing and labored at the same time. The velvet's can play soft and pretty melodies and have them ripped wide open with screeching distortion techniques. I believe that Nico turns this complete band from amazing to truly special. Here ghostly tone almost always sung in a minor key ads an ethereal wandering sound to the songs she sings on. She is at the same time cold, almost emotionless as well blisteringly sexual. Her sound seems very crisp and bereft, but the subtle tinge of feeling makes it barrenly beautiful. If you are a music fan and do not possess a Velvet Underground record, this may be a good start. But hands down you need a Velvet album in your collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago