THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
Everything You’ve Heard About The Velvet Underground [VU333, originally released as a three-LP set, shared here on 2CD]
Demos, early recordings, outtakes, rehearsal and live, tracks and out of print material. Good to fairly good audio. Vinyl rip, with some pops and crackles.
Anyone who requires a one-stop gateway into The Velvet Underground should get the group’s five-disc Peel Slowly & See boxset. Even hardcore fans might want the set for its different mixes and demo tracks.
For a companion compilation of odds and sorts, Everything You’ve Heard About The Velvet Underground, released in 1982, ought to fit the bill nicely.
Thanks to badvok who shared the set at mindwarppavilion. While some of the vinyl box sets included Nico’s single, featuring I’m Not Sayin’ and The Last Mile, these two tracks were not shared by badvok.
Here are some comments by james_jones, posted at rateyourmusic.com in 2004:
Disc One [Ed: Writer was referring to LP1 or Side 1 and 2] comprises 12 tracks highlighting Lou Reeds’ pre-Velvet days. Included are songs by luminaries such as The Carol Lou Trio, The Shades, The All Night Workers, The Primitives, The Beachnuts and, of course, The Roughnecks (how could you forget them!).
I really like the emerging druginess of Why Don’t You Smile by The Nightworkers (which was later reworked by Maureen Tucker and Jad Fair in the late ’80s). I even like (Do) the Ostrich by The Primitives, but some of the tracks such as The Beach Nuts singin’ I’ve Got A Tiger In My Tank, suck bigtime. You can see the future direction Lou was gonna go by the recordings done by The Roughnecks, in that Lou’s drawl and distinctive guitar sound were starting to form. A lot of the early tracks sound very weird now and they must have sounded even weirder when they were recorded in 1964/5. Maybe the drugs were just starting to kick in coz some of the recording sessions sound like they would have been a real hoot!
The last three tracks of Disc One include a strange feedback drone called Loop which more than definitely hints at Lou’s future direction with noise eg Metal Machine Music recorded a decade later (or was the track just caused by speed psychosis?). The closing two tracks probably recorded in 1967 include taped conversation at a Andy Warhol book launch - with the Velvet’s first album playing in the background. The last track was simply more experimental taping of dialogue for the East Village Electronic Newspaper - circa 1967. Disc One is a very interesting historical piece, but easy listening it is not.
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LP Side 1
Track 01. Soft Summer Breeze/Canadian Sunset (The Carol Lou Trio) (5.6MB)
Track 02. Leave Her For Me (The Shades) (3.8MB)
Track 03. So Blue (The Shades) (3.7MB)
Track 04. Why Don’t You Smile (The All Night Workers) (4.3MB)
Track 05. (Do) The Ostrich (The Primitives) (4.2MB)
Track 06. Sneaky Pete (The Primitives) (3.7MB)
Track 07. Cycle Annie (The Beachnuts) (4.2MB)
Track 08. I’ve Got A Tiger In My Tank (The Beachnuts) (3.8MB)
Track 09. You’re Driving Me Insane (The Roughnecks) (4.0MB)
Track 10. Loop (Magazine Flexi Disc) (7.5MB)
Track 11. Index (Magazine Flexi Disc Of Conversation) (7.5MB)
Track 12. Noise (From “East Village Electric Newspaper) (3.1MB)
Track 13. Some Kinda Love (6.8MB)
Track 14. White Light/White Heat (4.7MB)
Track 15. Rock ‘n’ Roll (8.9MB)
Track 16. Ocean (8.9MB)
Track 17. Temptation Inside Your Heart (4.2MB)
Track 18. I’m Sticking With You (3.7MB)
Track 19. Ferryboat Bill (3.7MB)
Track 20. Guess I’m Falling In Love (7.0MB)
21. Candy Says - Omitted *
22. Some Kinda Love - Omitted
Track 23. Cool It Down (6.5MB)
Track 24. Who Loves The Sun (6.0MB)
Track 25. I’m Free (3.7MB)
Track 26. I Found A Reason (8.9MB)
Track 27. Walk And Talk It (3.3MB)
Track 28. Head Held High (8.7MB)
29. I’m Set Free - Omitted
* Tracks 21, 22, 29 - Available on Live at Max’s Kansas City Deluxe Edition. Visit this site for more details.
01: Carol Lou Trio, Juke One Stopper single, early ’70s
02-09: pre-VU recordings
10: Aspen flexi, 1966
11: Index flexi, 1966
12: East Village Other LP, 1966
13: “Val Valentin mix” alternate take, 1968
14: mono mix, 1967
15-19: rough mix demos, 1968-69
20: The Gymnasium, April 1967
21-22: Max’s Kansas City, 23/8/70
23-28:Max’s Kansas City, rehearsals, summer 1970
29: Max’s Kansas City, 26/7/70
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