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Live at Max's Kansas City

Velvet UndergroundAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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The Velvet Underground's debut album, 1967's The Velvet Underground & Nico, is among the most important and influential ever made--and every new generation, as the Sex Pistols, David Bowie, R.E.M. and Sonic Youth have previously, rediscovers it. With the now two-CD, digitally remastered The Velvet Underground & Nico (Deluxe Edition) (Polydor/UME), released March 5, 2002, yet ... Read more in Amazon's Velvet Underground Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0002BK9GW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I'm Waiting For The Man
2. White Light White Heat
3. I'm Set Free
4. Sweet Jane (Version 1)
5. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 1)
6. New Age
7. Beginning To See The Light
Disc: 2
1. Who Loves The Sun
2. Sweet Jane (Version 2)
3. I'll Be Your Mirror
4. Pale Blue Eyes
5. Candy Says
6. Sunday Morning
7. After Hours
8. Femme Fatale
9. Some Kinda Love
10. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 2)
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Editorial Reviews

Live at Max's Kansas City is the original punk rock live record, and now Rhino has released two complete sets from the night of August 23, 1970, adding seven tracks (six unreleased) to the original album's 10. White Light White Heat; I'm Set Free; Sweet Jane; Who Loves the Sun; Candy Says; Some Kinda Love , and Lonesome Cowboy Bill appear here for the first time. Definitely a walk on the wild side

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm Begining to See the Light..." August 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've owned the Velvet Underground's "Live at Max's Kansas City" for a number of years. I always found it to be the perfect CD for those strange nights, where you are tired as hell, but you still can't sleep. In other words it's the perfect late night album to just hang out to.The album, which is sort of a quasi band released bootleg, captured the very last performance (not counting any reunions) Lou Reed played with his Velvet bandmates before heading off into the 1970's and beyond for a solo career. To be perfectly honest, I hadn't put this CD on the stereo in a pretty long time. But I purchased Rhino Record's newly remastered and restored version and decided to give it a try. Well from the very first note, the only thought in my head was "Boy that's what Rock 'n Roll is all about..." It's sort of the same feeling I sometimes get from listening to early Buddy Holly or Eddy Cochran. It's just basic, primitive, Rock 'n Roll. The show truely is great. It has a wonderful set list (classics such as "Waiting for the Man", "Sweet Jane", "White Light White Heat" ) with some incendiary performances.My personal favorite cut is the slow ballad, "Pale Blue Eyes". Lou gives an amazing delivery! While Rhino has now remastered the sound, it still has that 'bootleg' feel to it. The clinking of glasses and audience conversations (including a very loud discussion about Nixon bombing Cambodia) just seems to add to the recording's ambience. You really feel like you are there. I love this CD! It's what Rock 'n Roll music is all about.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live and loud June 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It seems appropriate that rocker-muse Bebe Buell once wrote and sang, "Cut my teeth at Max's Kansas City/My soul is pure rock." It was the original rock'n'roll club, with drag queens, actors, hit singers and underground hits in the same room. It had Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and then-waittress Debbie Harry hanging out in the same place.

Alas, there hasn't really been a place like Max's Kansas City since. So it seems appropriate that a momentous rock occasion took place there: Lou Reed did his final show with the Velvet Underground. Fortunately, a pal named Brigid Polk taped the whole thing, and this "legitimate bootleg" is a rough-cut little slice of what that night was all about.

It opens with drums being clattered, instruments being tested, and a lot of background chatter. Then Reed offers a dignified intro ("you're allowed to dance, in case you don't know"), before launching into several songs that are primarily from "Loaded" and "White Light/White Heat," with stage chatter between songs.

Apparently Reed unexpectedly changed the second set (on the second disc), including material from the "Nico days," early in the band's existance, including a spare, stripped-down version of "I'll Be Your Mirror," a gentle "Candy Says," a suitably hungover-sounding "Sunday Morning," and the way-too-long "Some Kinda Love."

The album is bootleg quality, especially since they didn't have digital recording then, and Polk used a tape. So it's very fuzzy around the edges, a little incoherent here and there; "Femme Fatale" is downright murky. But it's all in remarkably good shape when one considers that it is from 1970.

And to some degree, its rough quality can be seen as a blessing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five and half new tracks! Get me a double Pernod! January 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Wow! There have been so many upgrades and additions to the Velvet Underground catalog over the last 7 or 8 years that it's difficult to keep up with all of them. Here's another worthy upgrade for us completists who must have every mix and every note of recorded tape available. While *every* album in the VU catalog can be considereed "essential" for different reasons, the revision and remastering leads this one ahead of LIVE 1969 as well as The Quine Tapes, as the best live document of the band (prior to the 1992 reunion).

THIS remaster offers an additional set's worth of material. It seems that the original producers 'cherry picked' the 'best' tracks for the original LP. Here you will find both sets, more or less complete (less in the case of the 2nd set, which picks up at the beginning of the second verse of "Who Loves The Sun.")

However, I wouldn't wish to imply that the material orginally deleted is in any way inferior-- it's not, these are performances that are as strong as anything on the album.

This set is historically significant for several reasons. The most immediate sonic reason being this is the first LP appearance of then 17' year old drummer Billy Yule. Billy's drumming is completely different from Moe Tucker's (who left temporarily to have a child), it's Rock n' Roll drumming with lots of drum rolls, fills and flash, a great departure from Moe's more sparse and primitive style. Personally, I find young Billy's style ameteurishly over the top, but it's not so detracting or distracting to take away from the overall ambience of the album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars linger on this
I consider Lou Reed a master craftsman as a song writer and love his VU period. The only things that weigh a bit heavily are : the sound quality, which in itself is not bad at all,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ahigherauthority
4.0 out of 5 stars Velvet Underground - 'Live At Max's Kansas City' (Atlantic)
Good - live Velvet Underground CD - it's ironic but as many times I've seen this title in numerous record stores (that used to exist) I've never heard this album - not in it's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the Velvet Underground...
You need to own this record. I'm very happy with the quality of the sound, given that it was recorded on portable equipment 40+ years ago. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stephen F. Narloch
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Finale.....
This is the absolute last VelvetUnderGround show with LouReed.....in it's entirety.....thus the two disc set.....this is how it actually went down August 23 1970..... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Franklin5ive
4.0 out of 5 stars An important live document for the Velvets
Yes the quality isn't that great but it isn't terrible either. Just lo-fi. If your new to the Velvets i wouldn't recommend this as your first choice (go for the studio albums) but... Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by A
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly recorded and inferior version of the Velvets.
Oh dear. Not only is the recording terrible but drummer Billy Yule, who replaces Moe Tucker due to her pregnancy, is beyond awful. Read more
Published on October 3, 2010 by Chet Fakir
2.0 out of 5 stars Quality of recording quite poor
Good selection of music but the production quality is really bad. Like sitting in a small, tinny bar with maybe 20-30 patrons. Read more
Published on September 28, 2008 by Amidonian
3.0 out of 5 stars Suffers from the absence of Moe Tucker, but contains the greatest...
God, listen to those introductory chords...the almost hymn-like chant of "It's the beginning of a new age"...the solo. Read more
Published on May 26, 2008 by Chet L. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Trivia note: the double Pernod guy is...
...none other than Jim Carroll, poet, novelist, Velvet Underground enthusiast, and future rock and roller, responsible for "People Who Died" and other great songs. Read more
Published on February 26, 2008 by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars "We Don't Do Heroin"
This was one of the first VU albums I heard as a kid. A classmate (who I was in a garage band with) had it and we damn near wore out the grooves. Read more
Published on June 14, 2006 by Solomon Cherniak
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