What is left to say about this classic? The record that pretty much kicked off everything that became indie, alternative, dream-pop, punk, new-wave or what have you. And from a band who were semi-manufactured by svengali Andy Warhol who added sultry chanteuse Nico to the line up and made all kinds of suggestions. Despite that it's the originality of Lou Reed's songs that endure as well as their experimental and diverse method of music making.
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6CD box set on UMC, 2012 issue.
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2017 180g vinyl reissue LP on Universal. Includes the famous banana sticker on the front cover + 12-page booklet which includes liner notes from John Cale.
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LP with peelable banana on Vinyl Lovers, RUSSIAN PRESSING.
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US REISSUE, Gatefold 180 gram LP on Verve.
9/10 Penrith Steve 16th October 2014
Released at the beginning of the Summer of Love in 1967, The Velvet Underground & Nico flew in the face of peace, love and hippiedom. More "S&M and heroin" than flower power as John Cale put it in a recent interview. Rising from Andy Warhol's Factory scene and using German model, Nico as a vocalist on some tracks, this was a truly original and massively influential debut. There's an urban myth that although this album sold only a handful of copies on its initial release, everbody who bought it started a band. I'm not sure how true this is but they were probably the first alternative band.
I absolutely love The Velvet Underground but can't really be bothered with their more experimental stuff. There's "European Son" and "Black Angel Death Song" that fall into that category. The songs, the proper songs, were so good though. On this album we have "I'm Waiting For The Man", " Femme Fetale", "I'll Be Your Mirror", "Heroin", "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "Venus In Furs". There aren't many debut albums that can boast this many genuinely brilliant songs.
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