Loaded [2015 Remaster]

Loaded [2015 Remaster]

by The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground


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After The Velvet Underground cut three albums for the jazz-oriented Verve label that earned them lots of notoriety but negligible sales, the group signed with industry powerhouse Atlantic Records in 1970; label head Ahmet Ertegun supposedly asked Lou Reed to avoid sex and drugs in his songs, and instead focus on making an album "loaded with hits." Loaded was the result, and with appropriate irony it turned out to be the first VU album that made any noticeable impact on commercial radio -- and also their swan song, with Reed leaving the group shortly before its release. With John Cale long gone from the band, Doug Yule highly prominent (he sings lead on four of the ten tracks), and Maureen Tucker absent on maternity leave, this is hardly a purist's Velvet Underground album. But while Lou Reed always wrote great rock & roll songs with killer hooks, on Loaded his tunes were at last given a polished but intelligent production that made them sound like the hits they should have been, and there's no arguing that "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll" are as joyously anthemic as anything he's ever recorded. And if this release generally maintains a tight focus on the sunny side of the VU's personality (or would that be Reed's personality?), "New Age" and "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" prove he had hardly abandoned his contemplative side, and "Train Around the Bend" is a subtle but revealing metaphor for his weariness with the music business. Sterling Morrison once said of Loaded, "It showed that we could have, all along, made truly commercial sounding records," but just as importantly, it proved they could do so without entirely abandoning their musical personality in the process. It's a pity that notion hadn't occurred to anyone a few years earlier. [Loaded was remastered and re-released on CD in 2016.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2015
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227952426
catalogNumber: 551125
Rank: 1960

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Velvet Underground   Primary Artist
Lou Reed   Harmonica,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Adrian Barber   Drums
Sterling Morrison   Rhythm Guitar,Lead,Group Member
Moe Tucker   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Doug Yule   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Castanaro   Drums
Bill Yule   Drums

Technical Credits

John Cale   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Velvet Underground   Producer
Adrian Barber   Engineer,Percussion Assistant
Geoffrey Haslam   Producer,Engineer
Bill Inglot   Tape Research
Lenny Kaye   Liner Notes
Bill Levenson   Reissue Producer
Sterling Morrison   Composer
John Strother   Tape Research
Moe Tucker   Composer
Doug Yule   Composer
Shel Kagan   Producer
Stanislaw Zagorski   Cover Illustration
Henri Ter Hall   Back Cover Photo
Tommy Castanaro   Percussion Assistant
Bill Yule   Percussion Assistant

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