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NicoAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 1, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B000001E2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2007 reissue of this album from the mysterious vocalist best known for her vocals with the Velvet Underground on their first album. Nico's recording career is filled with musical twists and turns, but she was never anything less than extraordinary at what she did. Originally released in 1974, The End is perhaps Nico's darkest musical moment and has been cited as one of the first true Goth classics. It's the aural equivalent of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland: you know you'll be OK when it's over but the ride is still thrilling and chilling! Nico receives musical assistance from VU's John Cale, Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno and others. Eight tracks including 'Secret Side', 'It Has Not Taken Long' and 'We've Got The Gold'. Spectrum.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disquieting...Atmospheric...Haunting...Perfect August 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
(Disclaimer: This review may sound gothically cliched, but it's the honest to Goth truth! Just buy it and listen!)
Nico's The End was way way way WAAAAAY ahead of it's time. It sounds much like Coil's collection of "seasonally adjusted" EP's or Musick To Play In The Dark Vol's 1 & 2. John Cale's avante gardist approach to production and Brian Eno's very spooky modular synth treatments make for a very suggestive atmosphere.
"You Forgot To Answer" sounds like a cold and dark autumn night complete with dead spirits howling into oblivion(synthetiques thanks to Eno) and a very gothic piano composition; it is quite creepy and melancholic with Nico mourning into the darkness. I want to say more about this track, like how it completely conveys despair and smoldering horror, but I can't say it how I want just listen to it.
"Innocent & Vein" is disturbingly noisey: Eno tweaks the modulars into a banshee-like screech which then turns into the sound of batwings fluttering into the night. In this track Nico seems like she has finally become the "Death Angel" that many have called her, being at the front of a brooding mass of black, humming demons(the synths).
"It Has Not Taken Long" has a wonderful chorus of back-up voices providing what sounds like a chilling Christmas carol or pagan chant.
Nico's voice, subject matter and arrangements exist perfectly within this nocturnal and just opressively ominous collection of songs. She writes and composes in a very hypnotic way; two notes at the most, fluctuating back and forth to create a very dreamy and druggy texture. To sum it up(and keep me from writing and ranting endlessly about this beautiful album), this is gothic incantation and invocation personified. Pete Murphy and a dozen vampires couldn't come close to this. There is no pretense here...Nico is real!
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mania Della Notte June 8, 2000
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Like the Old Testament monster Leviathan, forced out of the Garden of Eden and into the wilderness after the Fall, there was only one Nico. Nico, in her middle and late periods, is a figure so unprecedented and strange that a full theory of her work is presently impossible.

'The End'--a series of six original compositions, a brazen cover of Morrison's 'The End' and one of 'Das Lied Der Deutschen' is a product of Nico's late middle period. Using techniques she learned from Ornette Coleman and a lyrical style adapted from the Imagist poets, 'The End' presents the rudiments of existence boiled down to a harsh, bare essence. Its vision is one where loss, hunt and capture, submission and domination, blood sacrifice, and imprisonment are the norm; every person has a dark, unknowable heart and a hidden agenda; every moment is desperate. Time and Nature, laughing off in the distance like subtle thunder, are co-conspirators in keeping all in a state of forcible isolation and instability.

Nico, writing from a state of seeming undifferentiated consciousness, wrote primarily about liminal states, thus earlier album title 'Desertshore'; tides and shorelines are again motifs on 'The End.' Shaman-like, she dropped into the archetypal world of the unconscious, a world that had perhaps always rested comfortably behind her antisocially hip posture during the Warhol period. Certainly Nico expressed the pure, twilit, archaic language of the dream world better than almost anyone had before or has since.

Numerous stories abound about Nico, who freely admitted that she lied about herself whenever the spirit moved her. Or perhaps that was a lie--what the facts are is anyone's guess.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More dangerous visions... May 9, 2000
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Nico's fourth album found her on her fourth label, which says what? That she was too difficult, too uncommercial, too visionary for record companies to market? Or that she was too ornery, naive or lazy to market herself effectively--if at all. As a fan, I like to think the former, but I suspect that the latter traits also contributed at least somewhat to her lack of success. But the times seem to have caught up with Nico to some degree. You see more favorable critical commentary about her now than you ever did when she was alive. Younger people now seem more aware of her music and influence than my generation was twenty-five years ago. Her fourth solo effort may well be the best introduction for the uninitiated. Each song is more haunting than the last. The lyrics are cryptic and often quite jarring ("It has not taken feast our naked eyes upon/ the open plain, the hungry beast). Occasionally, the lyrics take an awkward turn, but as her arranger, John Cale, points out in his recent book, the quality of her writing is astonishing when you consider that English was not her first language. Cale's production is as bold as ever. I consider his work with Nico to be among his best. He was able to give shape and color to her visions. This album is alternately spare ("We've Got the Gold") and lush ("It Has Not Taken Long"). Throughout, it is somber, reflective and profoundly disturbing. It's noteworthy for its Gothic treatment of the Doors "The End" and for its somber, ironic take on "Das Lied der Deutschen" (aka "Deutschland Ueber Alles") but ultimately, her own compositions are the core here. They are haunting, literally unlike anything else you've ever heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Nico Album
This, along with NEW Nico - Frozen Borderline 1968-70 (CD), are essential Nico albums. The first six tracks are Nico originals and the cream of the album, but her renditions of The... Read more
Published 16 months ago by brotagonist
4.0 out of 5 stars Nico, again with distractions
If only she had released her trilogy without extra musicians. Listen to the superior version of The Falconer (Philippe Garrel video) without Cale and you'll see that all that was... Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by SRS
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Child
I had this album in my iPod and listened to it every day for a week on my commute. I can't quite figure out exactly what Dave Thompson was writing about at [... Read more
Published on December 25, 2008 by Surferofromantica
5.0 out of 5 stars Nico's Finest Work
Nico's biggest fans swear by "The Marble Index" but in my opinion "The End" far surpasses it. My favorite tracks are "Innocent And Vain", "Secret Side" and of course her amazing... Read more
Published on March 8, 2008 by andy7
4.0 out of 5 stars different.
after the marble index and desertshore, i was eager for more Nico, and all the reviews promised this to be some of her darkest, most caustic work. Read more
Published on August 21, 2007 by derf
4.0 out of 5 stars Nico ueber alles!
Nico on voice and harmonium is assisted by Phil Manzanera on guitar, Eno on synths and producer John Cale on a range of instruments including bass, xylophone, organ, glockenspiel... Read more
Published on March 28, 2007 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars You will know me again
One of Nico's best albums to date, ''The End'' was again produced by Cale, with help from mate Brian Eno and Roxy Music's Manzanera. Read more
Published on January 18, 2006 by André Ming
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible..Unique...Unclassifiable..Brilliant...Troubled
This isn't a CD: it's an experience. I actually saw and met the Mk. 1 Nico (blonde Velvet Underground days) and I can give you some depressing news: she was even more beautiful in... Read more
Published on October 7, 2005 by Spiritof67
4.0 out of 5 stars The end, my friend
Ex-Velvet Underground singer Nico was one of the most entrancing pop singers of the 20th century. And the most enigmatic. Read more
Published on February 13, 2005 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Focusing On Running Down the Drain--Haunting Nico
These songs are far from depressing. They are evocative, threatening, and they always fill me with light. Granted, they are savage and sparse. Read more
Published on June 14, 2004 by Curt Surly
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