Velvet Underground & Nico [45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Version]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Only a handful of rock albums have been as influential and groundbreaking as The Velvet Underground & Nico. Glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every left-of-center rock movement that followed this album's 1967 release owes an audible debt to this music, and though Lou Reed's lyrical exploration of drugs and kinky sex always received the most attention, the music Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker played was as radical as the words they accompanied. The bracing discord of "European Son," the troubling beauty of "All Tomorrow's Parties," and the expressive dynamics of "Heroin" all remain as compelling as the day they were recorded, and The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Only a handful of rock albums have been as influential and groundbreaking as The Velvet Underground & Nico. Glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every left-of-center rock movement that followed this album's 1967 release owes an audible debt to this music, and though Lou Reed's lyrical exploration of drugs and kinky sex always received the most attention, the music Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker played was as radical as the words they accompanied. The bracing discord of "European Son," the troubling beauty of "All Tomorrow's Parties," and the expressive dynamics of "Heroin" all remain as compelling as the day they were recorded, and The Velvet Underground & Nico has lost little of its power to surprise and intrigue 45 years after first hitting the racks, which is confirmed by Universal's limited "Super Deluxe Edition" of the album. The set expands the LP into a lavish six-disc set, which celebrates the Velvets' revolutionary debut album and their journey through the outer limits of pop music from 1966 through mid-1967. The first two discs of the set feature the original album in its original stereo and mono mixes; the remastered stereo version is clearer and better detailed than ever before, while disc one is tagged with outtakes and alternate mixes, and disc two includes variant edits that appeared on singles. Disc three contains Nico's debut solo album Chelsea Girl, which featured Reed, Cale, and Morrison contributing as songwriters and instrumentalists (along with a young Jackson Browne), and the music suggests what the Velvets might have sounded like had Nico been their exclusive lead vocalist. Disc four contains material from the fabled "Norman Dolph acetate," which preserves alternate takes and mixes from the album's original sessions, as well as six tunes from a January 1966 rehearsal at Andy Warhol's Factory, including the otherwise unrecorded "Miss Joanie Lee" and "Walk Alone." The performances and recordings are rough, but Reed and Morrison deliver some outstanding, aggressive guitar work. And the final two discs feature an amateur recording of the group performing in Columbus, Ohio on November 4, 1966. Though this material has been bootlegged several times before, the new mastering gleans a bit more fidelity from a technically primitive mono recording. Between the long, improvisational noise jams and the many technical glitches, this is only for hardcore fans, but the performance is energetic and exciting, and this is one of the few documents of Nico performing on-stage with the group. The liner notes by Richie Unterberger offer a richly detailed history of the Velvet Underground's first years, and the packaging and design are beautiful, featuring dozens of rare photographs and relevant artwork. To look at it, the 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of The Velvet Underground & Nico seems more like a coffee table book than an album, but pop the CDs into your player and you'll hear a compellingly raw portrait of a young band making their first steps toward greatness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602537054695
  • Catalog Number: 001694602
  • Sales rank: 117,271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sunday Morning (2:55)
  2. 2 I'm Waiting For The Man (4:39)
  3. 3 Femme Fatale (2:38)
  4. 4 Venus In Furs (5:12)
  5. 5 Run Run Run (4:22)
  6. 6 All Tomorrow's Parties (5:59)
  7. 7 Heroin (7:13)
  8. 8 There She Goes Again (2:41)
  9. 9 I'll Be Your Mirror (2:14)
  10. 10 The Black Angel's Death Song (3:12)
  11. 11 European Son (7:51)
  12. 12 All Tomorrow's Parties (5:57)
  13. 13 European Son (9:06)
  14. 14 Heroin (6:17)
  15. 15 All Tomorrow's Parties [Vers (5:51)
  16. 16 I'll Be Your Mirror (2:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sunday Morning (2:55)
  2. 2 I'm Waiting For The Man (4:46)
  3. 3 Femme Fatale (2:38)
  4. 4 Venus In Furs (5:13)
  5. 5 Run Run Run (4:24)
  6. 6 All Tomorrow's Parties (6:00)
  7. 7 Heroin (7:14)
  8. 8 There She Goes Again (2:41)
  9. 9 I'll Be Your Mirror (2:14)
  10. 10 The Black Angel's Death Song (3:13)
  11. 11 European Son (7:57)
  12. 12 All Tomorrow's Parties (2:51)
  13. 13 I'll Be Your Mirror (2:18)
  14. 14 Sunday Morning (3:13)
  15. 15 Femme Fatale (2:37)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Fairest Of The Seasons - Nico (4:10)
  2. 2 These Days - Nico (3:34)
  3. 3 Little Sister - Nico (4:27)
  4. 4 Winter Song - Nico (3:20)
  5. 5 It Was A Pleasure Then - Nico (8:06)
  6. 6 Chelsea Girls - Nico (7:27)
  7. 7 I'll Keep It With Mine - Nico (3:21)
  8. 8 Somewhere There's A Feather - Nico (2:20)
  9. 9 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams - Nico (5:10)
  10. 10 Eulogy To Lenny Bruce - Nico (3:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 European Son (9:02)
  2. 2 The Black Angel's Death Song (3:15)
  3. 3 All Tomorrow's Parties (5:53)
  4. 4 I'll Be Your Mirror (2:11)
  5. 5 Heroin (6:16)
  6. 6 Femme Fatale (2:35)
  7. 7 Venus in Furs (4:29)
  8. 8 Waiting for the Man (4:10)
  9. 9 Run Run Run (4:23)
  10. 10 Walk Alone (3:27)
  11. 11 Crackin' Up/Venus in Furs (3:52)
  12. 12 Miss Joanie Lee (11:49)
  13. 13 Heroin (6:15)
  14. 14 There She Goes Again (2:09)
  15. 15 There She Goes Again (2:55)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Melody Laughter (28:26)
  2. 2 Femme Fatale (2:37)
  3. 3 Venus in Furs (4:45)
  4. 4 The Black Angel's Death Song (4:49)
  5. 5 All Tomorrow's Parties (5:03)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Waiting for the Man (4:50)
  2. 2 Heroin (6:42)
  3. 3 Run Run Run (8:43)
  4. 4 The Nothing Song (27:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Velvet Underground Primary Artist
Jackson Browne Guitar
John Cale Organ, Piano, Celeste, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Electric Viola, Group Member
Nico Chanteuse, Group Member
Lou Reed Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Maureen Tucker Percussion, Group Member
Larry Fallon Conductor
Sterling Morrison Guitar, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Tim Hardin Composer
Jackson Browne Composer
John Cale Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Lou Reed Composer
Maureen Tucker Composer
The Velvet Underground Arranger
Greg Copeland Composer
Jeff Gold Memorabilia
Bo Diddley Composer
Larry Fallon Arranger
David Greene Remixing
Sterling Morrison Composer
Terry Phillips Composer
Gene Radice Remixing
Kevin Reeves Mastering
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
Pat Patterson Original Liner Notes
Pete Matthews Tape Research
Acy Lehman Cover Design
Nat Finkelstein Liner Notes
Billy Linich Liner Notes
Richie Unterberger Liner Notes, Essay
Johan Kugelberg Memorabilia
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
Christa Paeffgen Composer
Sujata Murthy Publicity
Jerry Pellegrino Jr. Composer
James N. Smith Composer
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