The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary (Super Deluxe 6CD Box Set) (2012) [FLAC]

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Genre: alternative rock, anniversary edition, box-set

Famously ignored upon its release in 1967, The Velvet Underground & Nico‘s landmark debut has since become regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums of all time. First released on CD in 1986, it then appeared as part of the career-spanning Peel Slowly and See box set in 1995, followed by a deluxe edition in 2002.
And that, you’d think, would be that. But here it is again, in its most comprehensively expanded form yet, and in various formats each vying for your wallet. Unfortunately, its most telling detail isn’t to be found in the hitherto hidden textures of the newly remastered mono mix, nor in the various alternate versions of familiar classics. It’s in the fact that, so eager were they to milk its enduring legacy, Universal Music/Polydor couldn’t…

…wait just a few more years for the more commonly celebrated 50th anniversary.

Tainted by a cynical and exploitative pall, it transforms an uncompromising artistic statement into a mammoth, cash-gobbling monster. You wait for The Man long enough, he’ll catch up with you in the end.

So what’s on offer? The limited-edition six-CD box set features stereo and mono mixes, plus Nico’s VU-assisted debut album Chelsea Girl, all newly remastered from the original tapes by VU reissue maestro Bill Levenson.

It also boasts the first official release of The Scepter Studios sessions, featuring early takes and mixes, a Factory rehearsal (including Nico’s aborted take on There She Goes Again) and an oft-bootlegged live performance from 1966. Levenson’s stellar work aside, it’s for fanatics only; how many versions of All Tomorrow’s Parties does anyone really need?

The two-CD edition features the stereo version alongside the Scepter sessions. So if you want to enjoy Levenson’s superior, rawer mono remaster, then the box set is your only option. See what they did there?

It’s galling that such a deathless masterpiece – it still sounds extraordinary – should be endlessly repackaged for rank commercial gain. Still, roll on the 47th anniversary giant inflatable banana edition with holographic Lou Reed 3D commentary.

Tracklist

Disc One:
The Velvet Underground & Nico (Stereo Version):
01 .Sunday Morning
02. I’m Waiting for the Man
03. Femme Fatale
04. Venus in Furs
05. Run Run Run
06. All Tomorrow’s Parties
07. Heroin
08. There She Goes Again
09. I’ll Be Your Mirror
10. The Black Angel’s Death Song
11. European Son

Alternate Versions:
12. All Tomorrow’s Parties (Alternate Single Voice Version)
13. European Son (Alternate Version)
14. Heroin (Alternate Version)
15. All Tomorrow’s Parties (Alternate Instrumental Mix)
16. I’ll Be Your Mirror (Alternate Mix)

Disc Two:
The Velvet Underground & Nico (Mono Version):
01. Sunday Morning
02. I’m Waiting for the Man
03. Femme Fatale
04. Venus in Furs
05. Run Run Run
06. All Tomorrow’s Parties
07. Heroin
08. There She Goes Again
09. I’ll Be Your Mirror
10. The Black Angel’s Death Song
11. European Son

The Singles (Mono):
12. All Tomorrow’s Parties (July 1966)
13. I’ll Be Your Mirror (Alternate Ending, July 1966)
14. Sunday Morning (Alternate Mix, December 1966)
15. Femme Fatale (December 1966)

Disc Three:
Nico’s Chelsea Girl:
01. The Fairest of the Seasons
02. These Days
03. Little Sister
04. Winter Song
05. It Was a Pleasure Then
06. Chelsea Girls
07. I’ll Keep It With Mine
08. Somewhere There’s a Feather
09. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
10. Eulogy to Lenny Bruce

Disc Four:
Scepter Studios Sessions:
01. European Son (Alternate Version) *
02. The Black Angel’s Death Song (Alternate Mix) *
03. All Tomorrow’s Parties (Alternate Version) *
04. I’ll Be Your Mirror (Alternate Version) ^
05. Heroin (Alternate Version) *
06. Femme Fatale (Alternate mix) ^
07. Venus in Furs (Alternate Version) ^
08. Waiting for the Man (Alternate Version) ^
09. Run Run Run (Alternate Mix) ^

* from tape
^ from acetate

The Factory Rehearsals (January 1966):
10. Walk Alone
11. Cracking Up / Venus in Furs
12. Miss Joanie Lee
13. Heroin
14. There She Goes Again (with Nico)
15. There She Goes Again

Disc Five:
Live at Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio:
01. Melody Laughter
02. Femme Fatale
03. Venus in Furs
04. The Black Angel’s Death Song
05. All Tomorrow’s Parties (Lou Reed)

Disc Six:
Live at Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio:
01. Waiting for the Man
02. Heroin
03. Run Run Run
04 The Nothing Song

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