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listen  1. Venus In Furs (Demo)The Velvet Underground15:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Prominent Men (Demo)The Velvet Underground 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Heroin (Demo)The Velvet Underground13:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I'm Waiting For The Man (Demo)The Velvet Underground 9:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (Demo)The Velvet Underground15:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. All Tomorrow's Parties (Demo)The Velvet Underground18:25$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. All Tomorrow's Parties (Mono Single Version)The Velvet Underground 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sunday Morning (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I'm Waiting For The Man (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Femme Fatale (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Venus In Furs (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Run Run Run (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. All Tomorrow's Parties (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 5:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Heroin (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 7:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. There She Goes Again (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I'll Be Your Mirror (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Black Angel's Death Song (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. European Son (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 7:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Melody Laughter (Live (1966/Valleydale Ballroom))The Velvet Underground10:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. It Was A Pleasure Then (Album Version)Nico 8:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Chelsea Girls (Album Version)Nico 7:24$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. There Is No Reason (Demo)The Velvet Underground 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sheltered Life (Demo)The Velvet Underground 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. It's All Right (The Way That You Live) (Demo)The Velvet Underground 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I'm Not Too Sorry (Now That You're Gone) (Demo)The Velvet Underground 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Here She Comes Now (Demo)The Velvet Underground 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Guess I'm Falling In Love (Live (1967/New York))The Velvet Underground 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Booker T. (Live (1967/New York))The Velvet Underground 6:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. White Light/White Heat (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Gift (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 8:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lady Godiva's Operation (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Here She Comes Now (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Heard Her Call My Name (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sister Ray (Album Version)The Velvet Underground17:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Stephanie Says (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Temptation Inside Your Heart (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Hey Mr. Rain (Edit)The Velvet Underground 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. What Goes On (Live (1968/Cleveland))The Velvet Underground 5:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Candy Says (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. What Goes On (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Some Kinda Love (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pale Blue Eyes (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground 5:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Jesus (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beginning To See The Light (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'm Set Free (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. That's The Story Of My Life (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Murder Mystery (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground 9:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. After Hours (DO NOT USE)The Velvet Underground 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Foggy Notion (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 6:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Can't Stand It (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. I'm Sticking With You (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. One Of These Days (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Lisa Says (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. It's Just Too Much (Live In Dallas/1969)The Velvet Underground 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Countess From Hong Kong (Demo)The Velvet Underground 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Who Loves The Sun (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:45Album Only
listen  2. Sweet Jane (LP Version)The Velvet Underground 4:08Album Only
listen  3. Rock And Roll (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 4:45Album Only
listen  4. Cool It Down (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 3:06Album Only
listen  5. New Age (LP Version)The Velvet Underground 5:10Album Only
listen  6. Head Held High (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:58Album Only
listen  7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 2:45Album Only
listen  8. I Found A Reason (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 4:18Album Only
listen  9. Train Round The Bend (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 3:22Album Only
listen10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (Album Version)The Velvet Underground 7:30Album Only
listen11. Satellite Of Love (Out-Take Version)The Velvet Underground 3:02Album Only
listen12. Walk And Talk (Out-Take Version)The Velvet Underground 2:22Album Only
listen13. Oh Gin (Out-Take Version)The Velvet Underground 2:46Album Only
listen14. Sad Song (Out-Take Version)The Velvet Underground 3:33Album Only
listen15. Ocean (Out-Take Version)The Velvet Underground 5:46Album Only
listen16. Ride Into The Sun (Out-Take Version)The Velvet Underground 3:24Album Only
listen17. Some Kinda Love (Live (1970/Max's Kansas City)) [Clean]The Velvet Underground10:21Album Only
listen18. I'll Be Your Mirror (Live (1970/Max's Kansas City))The Velvet Underground 2:10Album Only
listen19. I Love You (Out-Take Version)The Velvet Underground 2:03Album Only

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  • Audio CD (September 26, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: September 26, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000002GM5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Velvet Underground has grown over the years to be recognized as the most groundbreaking band of the '60s, and this 5-CD set is a shattering testament to their greatness and Lou Reed's genius. On its 5 CDs are newly remastered versions of all four of their studio albums (with The Velvet Underground presented in its alternate, "closet" mix version), plus-hold on-25 unreleased tracks, including 11 demos with John Cale and one without, seven Loaded outtakes and six live performances, plus other rarities plucked from VU and Another View . An 88-page booklet with complete credits and rare photos and memorabilia round out the set. Essential listening.

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This comprehensive five-disc retrospective of the Velvet Underground chronicles the band from its earliest demo tapes, recorded in 1965, to Lou Reed's final work with band, in 1970. At their notorious peak, Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Mo Tucker epitomized the sound of intellectual art punks being spontaneously creative in Andy Warhol's Manhattan. Rock & roll has never been the same since Reed's gutter-rock observations and Cale's cool, droning electric viola blanketing the band's mysterious three-chord innovations. It's all here: loads of feedback, classic songwriting, and Reed's transformation from Dylan imitator to sonic-rock auteur. With previously unreleased gems, live performances, and other oddities, this is everything you wanted to know about the Velvets but were afraid to ask. --Mitch Myers

Customer Reviews

So with out further hesitation, BUY THIS SET NOW!!!
Dominick
There are early, VU versions of songs that later turned up on Reed's solo albums, such as "Satellite of Love" and the glorious "Ocean."
jgc
I've never heard the original mix, but I'm very pleased with the sound quality of the 'closet mix'.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on January 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Velvet Underground is probably one of the most written about bands of all-time. Their influence and genius is well-known so I won't bore the reader with tired truisms about the band. Instead, this review will be very meat-and-potatoes, focusing on the content, and pros and cons of this box set.

"Peel Slowly and See" (1995) is a five disc box set and includes all four Lou Reed era albums that were commercially released while the Velvet Underground was an active band; "The Velvet Underground and Nico," (1967) "White Light/White Heat" (1968) "The Velvet Underground" (1969) and "Loaded" (1970). While the first disc is a collection of demos, disc 2-5 each contain a complete album, with a lot of bonus material. The bonus material includes live cuts, demos, and finished studio tracks that were recorded between the third album "The Velvet Underground" and the fourth and final Lou Reed era album "Loaded," (this material can be found on the "lost" Velvet Underground album "VU" (1985) and its follow-up "Another VU" (1986).

If you are a fan of the Velvet Underground "Peel Slowly and See" is highly recommended. While it would be cheaper to just pick up the four studio albums individually, it is better to spend a little more money on this set and get a ton on bonus songs ($60.00 as opposed to $40.00). The demos are great, as you get an inside look at history being created and it's cool to hear songs as works-in-progress. The live songs sound great and should no doubt please fans of the band. The bonus material, selections from "VU" and "Another View" stand as some of the band's best recordings and are generally just as good as what's on the first four albums.

While the value of the material on this set is indisputable, the way the box-set is compiled is flawed.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on January 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Velvet Underground - Peel Slowly and See (1995)

Each V.U. album featured (all the originals are here) is riveting, legendary and seminal, each demanding their own review so I will focus on the extra stuff in this box. I will NOT focus on the countless bootlegs and other material out there that did not make it in this set (I would recommend getting the Quine Tapes, a 3-CD box set full of killer extended renditions of VU classics. Less than great sound quality but worth hearing).

DISC 1: early home demo recordings mostly useful to fans who obsess over the group, but very interesting. "Heroin," great, crucial song that it is, sounds good. These versions are somewhat folksier yet still intense and Lou Reed plays around with different lyrics. Watch out for aborted takes!

"Waiting for the Man" sounds downright Ten Pan Alley. Reed even blows a harp on it. "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" had potential even though the Velvets abandoned it. "Prominent Men" isn`t bad either although it was left behind for better material as well. "Venus in Furs" sounds like a strange tune from the Middle Ages at this stage and it is stunning to hear "All Tomorrow`s Parties" with its folk/country roots laid bare. In addition, it`s a kick to hear John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Lou Reed interact between takes. One gets the impression that Reed was the man in charge right from these early days.

DISC 2: Starts with a single version of "All Tomorrow`s Parties," but who wouldn't want to savor the longer album version? "Melody Laughter" is a crucial document from an early Exploding Plastic Inevitable performance, which was a traveling extension of Andy Warhol's wild and weird world. It`s only an amateur audience recording, but also one of the coolest things in this box.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By jgc on September 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Was the Velvet Underground the greatest American band? With all due respect to the other serious contenders (Beach Boys, Creedence, Ramones, Talking Heads, REM, Pavement), you have to go with VU. Their career touches the deepest roots of rock'n'roll and the most nether edges of the avant garde, with equal command. Dion fits into their scheme as much as Warhol. What other band encompasses so much?
Despite a few caveats, this magnificent box set is VU's one-stop shopping place if ever there was one. First, the drawbacks: the band's live recordings are under-represented, tasty out-takes that did appear on earlier compliations have been mysteriously dropped, and Lou Reed has decided to go with the so-called "Closet Mix" of the third album (sorry, Lou, but I gotta disagree with you -- it defintely *isn't* the superior version). That said, this is still a mind-blowing edifice of great American music. We all know that each of the band's four official releases is a masterpiece, and it sure is convenient to get them all in one purchase (especially if, like me, you're replacing old vinyl copies). But what may surprise some folks is how great the previously unreleased material is. These cuts are very generous, accounting for more than half of the set. There are early, VU versions of songs that later turned up on Reed's solo albums, such as "Satellite of Love" and the glorious "Ocean." But there are also crazy little songs, left in the vaults for years, that astonish me with their inventiveness, humor, and detail -- from the bass line on "The Way That You Live" to the viola on "Sheltered Life." The bonus tracks attached to the 'WL/WH' and 'Loaded' disks are so good, in fact, that they threaten to upstage their hosts.
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