the VELVET UNDERGROUND
The Velvet Underground & Nico
you'd be hard-pressed to name a rock album whose influence has been as broad & pervasive as this one.
While it reportedly took over a decade for the album's sales to crack six figures, glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise & nearly every other left-of-centre rock movement owes an audible debt to this set. The 45th anniversary of this iconic album is celebrated with a multi-format release that includes stereo & mono versions remastered from the original tapes, as well as previously unreleased recordings of the band’s rehearsals in Warhol’s Factory & the subsequent rare April 1966 Scepter Studios recordings captured on acetate featuring early, alternate versions of songs later issued on 'The Velvet Underground & Nico'.
***The Super Deluxe 6CD box set features a previously unavailable November ’66 live concert performed by the Velvets’ original, five-person lineup - Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Moe Tucker & Nico - at the Valleydale Ballroom in Columbus, Ohio & Nico’s 'Chelsea Girl', an album released in October 1967 (7 months after the Velvets’ disc) which included all the members of the band as well as a teenage folksinger named Jackson Browne. It also includes an 88-page booklet featuring a new essay by band biographer Richie Unterberger***.