Greatest hits comps of legendary and well-documented bands are rarely inspiring, but this double LP Velvets collection makes for a decent overview of their work. As well as the obvious highlights like Heroin and Venus in Furs, generous samplings of the first three albums include longer experimental tracks like Sister Ray and The Murder Mystery. There’s nothing from Loaded for some reason, but you do get several key tracks that first appeared on the (arguably superior) V.U. and Another V.U. comps, like Andy’s Chest and Foggy Notions. Overall this release is a fine entry point that portrays exactly those aspects that made Reed, Cale, Morrison and Tucker such a formative influence on a wide range of music. Nicely presented on Warhol-banana-pink vinyl.
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