January 24, 2023 – 6:41 am

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I’m Set Free, The Velvet Underground Recordings [Black Barn Music, 1CD]

Unknown venue, date. Probably from an FM broadcast.

The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in New York City in 1964. The original lineup consisted of singer/guitarist Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise. MacLise was replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965, who played on most of the band’s recordings. Their integration of rock and the avant-garde achieved little commercial success during the group’s existence, but they are now recognized as one of the most influential bands in rock, underground, experimental, and alternative music. The group’s provocative subject matter, musical experiments, and often nihilistic attitudes also proved influential in the development of punk rock and new wave music. [Lou Reed passed away in 2013, and Sterling Morrison in 1995.] - wikipedia

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Track 01. I’m Set Free 5:02
Track 02. Femme Fatale 3:28
Track 03. I’m Sticking With You 2:42
Track 04. I’ll Be Your Mirror 2:58
Track 05. Candy Says 5:09
Track 06. Sweet Jane 4:34
Track 07. Beginning To See The Light 6:18
Track 08. Pale Blue Eyes 6:25
Track 09. Ocean 6:03
Track 10. Heroin 7:18
Track 11. Rock And Roll 5:04
55 mins

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  2. Radio broadcast at this period never, what radio station would broadcast a song like heroin.

    By M on Jan 24, 2023

  3. Thanks guys. Interesting post this. Radio? What ‘M’ said . . . . . .

    By Ferry Boat Bill on Jan 24, 2023

  4. In San Diego the “underground” FM station played Heroin regularly.l back in the late 60s.

    By Brian on Jan 25, 2023

  5. Judging by the recording quality and the setlist, I’d guess that these tracks might be from the Max’s Kansas City shows in summer 1970.

    By Ken F on Jan 25, 2023

  6. Judging from experience, I’d guess that Lou Reed loved trannies to suck him off.

    By Ken Fuckwit on Jan 26, 2023

  7. The space doesn’t sound like Max’s, to me - sounds bigger, like a hall of some sort. And then you’ve got the “Sweet Jane” track thrown in from a live broadcast of - Lou Reed, not the VU.

    By Cook on Jan 26, 2023

  8. “Unknown venue, date. Probably from an FM broadcast”
    At the start of track 6 ‘Sweet Jane’ the voice over says “KVT Los Angeles, Live from the Roxy, the Lou Reed Show” - searching on Google gives a Roxy concert in 1976, but this does not seem to be it.

    By Bob Miller on Jan 29, 2023

  9. This is clearly a compilation of VU + Lou Reed live.

    By Andrew on Jan 29, 2023

  10. Femme Fatale, I’ll Be Your Mirror, and Pale Blue Eyes are the versions from the 1969: The Velvet Underground Live record

    By sb on Feb 13, 2023

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