December 25, 2009 – 4:33 am

Instead of a lazy afternoon listening to albums, they play the entire album and record it.

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Beck’s Record Club Vol 1: The Velvet Underground & Nico [Beck’s Record Club, 1CD]

Studio sessions recorded in June 2009 in excellent SBD stereo.

Beck’s notes on the sessions:

Sunday Morning: For this first edition, after lengthy deliberation and coming close to covering Digital Underground’s Sex Packets, all present voted in favor of the ‘other’ Underground’s The Velvet Underground & Nico. Participants included this time around are Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, Brian Lebarton, Bram Inscore, Yo, Giovanni Ribisi, Chris Holmes and, from Iceland, special guest Thorunn Magnusdottir, and myself. Thanks to everyone who helped put this together, and to all of you for indulging in this experiment. More soon.

I’m Waiting For The Man: Here is the second song from ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’, in which everyone untunes their instruments and nigel thrashes a dx-7, coaxing sounds hitherto unheard from the ’80s power ballad beast.

Venus In Furs: Possibly one of the first, if not the first goth song ever? For the occasion, we dragged out the sitar, Nigel took a bow to his white SG and Joey played a flute bought on the street in Japan fondly referred to as ‘The Dying Goose.’

All Tomorrow’s Parties: This week, our Icelandic friend Thorunn takes lead vocal duties for ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties,’ while Joey plays drums and Casio at the same time and Chris happens upon a lute.

Heroin: Brian does a simultaneous Mo Tucker and Lou Reed, playing drums and singing with a little help from Nigel.

European Son: This week’s track is the last installment of the first Record Club series. Thanks again to all who participated. The next Record Club featuring Devendra Banhart, MGMT, Wolfmother and Little Joy will kick off next week.

Heroin (alt. version): Before we close out Record Club 1, we have a surprise extra track - an alternate version of Heroin. The second Record Club convenes later this week on thursday with Devendra Banhart and MGMT.

They had a lot of fun recording The Velvet Underground & Nico. Beck’s idea was to have a spontaneous recording session, warts and all, and then post the video of said session on his website. Fans could follow the sessions track by track.

As soon as it was completed, it was left to fans to compile and spread the word on the internet for all to download and keep a copy since there’s no sign that Beck will offer these sessions for sale.

We share in Beck’s and the other musicians’ generous spirit of giving and offer you a chance to download these tracks at the best possible quality. The internet has tapped into the individual’s community spirit to share his talent to all. Just as before, a long, long time ago, you don’t have to buy music.

Thanks go out to Beck and his friends.

Thanks to RandyB for sharing these tracks on the net.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Sunday Morning (4.4MB)
Track 02. I’m Waiting for the Man (5.5MB)
Track 03. Femme Fatale (3.7MB)
Track 04. Venus in Furs (7.3MB)
Track 05. Run Run Run (6.4MB)
Track 06. All Tomorrow’s Parties (7.2MB)
Track 07. Heroin (9.1MB)
Track 08. There She Goes Again (4.4MB)
Track 09. I’ll Be Your Mirror (3.5MB)
Track 10. The Black Angel’s Death Song (5.1MB)
Track 11. European Son (4.7MB)
Track 12. Heroin (alt. version) (6.9MB)

Beck - vocals
Joe Waronker - drums
Thorun Magnusdottir - background vocals
Bram Inscore - bass
Brian Lebarton - bass
Giovanni Ribisi - glockenspiel
Chris HolmsĀ  - guitar
Nigel Godrich - keyboards

For full personnel details on each song, click here.

Buy the original Velvet Underground & Nico album here.

Click here to order Beck’s latest release, Modern Guilt.

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