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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B008TYGCUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered edition of this classic 1967 album, a collaboration between New York art rockers The Velvet Underground and German vocalist Nico. From the Andy Warhol-designed banana cover to the music contained within, The Velvet Underground & Nico has become one of the most influential albums in Rock history.

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One of the best Rock albums ever.
Benjamin
All I will say is that this album is just cool, you feel cool listening to it.
E. Frampton
This album show all the bases of Rock and Pop music.
Joao A.S.A. Botelho

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on November 2, 2012
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This is by far the best reissue of the year, perhaps of all time. Truly glorious packaging: a weighty coffee-table-sized book, magnificently illustrated and penned by Velvet Underground authority, Richie Unterberger (although there are more photographs than words). Obviously made for profit, but also a labor of love.

Disc One: An incredibly-clear remastering, better than any that have gone before, the equal of the long out-of-print MFSL version. Finishes with bonus tracks: the familiar single-voice All Tomorrow's Parties and a previously unheard instrumental backing-track of the same. Also has alternate versions of European Son and Herion, and a great alternate mix of I'll Be Your Mirror with Nico's laughter at the end.

Disc Two: As with disc one, the best-sounding mono version yet with the two mono singles as bonuses. This is the way the album was originally recorded, so this is the definitive version. Thunderous.

Disc Three: Chelsea Girl, put here because on Nico's firt solo album, she was backed by Reed, Cale, Morrison and Jackson Browne. They wrote the majority of the songs too. Kind of like a gentle version of VU&N, but unfortunately, originally ruined with spurious and later added bogus strings and a flute, which could not be removed here because they could not find the original master, but yet again, the best sounding version yet.

Disc Four: The Scepter Studio version. Never mind the bootlegs; here the sound improvement is very dramatic, now elevated to nearly the same sound quality as the official mono version. Please note there a couple of seconds of pop and click during Run Run Run. Maureen Tucker's one of only two existing acetate records served as the main source for these.
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165 of 187 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on July 27, 2005
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In all honesty, I must confess that I didn't much like this album when I first heard it. For years I had heard about the legendary group but hadn't actually listened to their music. I had heard only Velvet Underground clichés, like, "one of the most influential bands of all-time," "genius," "avant-garde masterpiece," and so on.

So I decided to give the Velvet Underground a try but was not initially impressed. I think the reason why I was not initially blown away by this album has to do with what I am used to and expectations. As a kid coming of age in the 90s, I am used to instant gratification albums with excellent production--these get straight to the point. When I heard The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967), my initial thoughts were, "This is boring and the production stinks." I really didn't "get it" at first. But as a younger listener not familiar with the Velvet Underground, I discovered that this is an album that takes time and a few listens to really appreciate. For me, experiencing this album was like having a few Alabama Slammers. At first, you think, "What's the big deal?" However, once it hits you, it hits you. Once I finally "got it," I found that this album is quite deserving of all the praise it has received.

Throughout their career, The Velvet Underground underwent many different personnel changes. It was their debut, however, that saw the band with its strongest lineup: the poetic Lou Reed, with his dry flat Dylan-like delivery; John Cale, the most artistic and musically gifted of the bunch; lead guitarist, Sterling Morrison, an underrated and underappreciated founder; Maureen Tucker, whose drumming on "Heroin" is indispensable; and finally Nico; the German-born actress/singer who was installed in the band by producer Andy Warhol.
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151 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2002
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The Velvet Underground was little known during its lifetime; now, more than thirty years after the band collapsed, it has a world-wide following--but the band's music still tends to divide listeners. You either get it or you don't. For those who DO get it, this recording, with its Andy Warhol-designed "Peel Slowly and See" cover, is a must-have.
Both Lou Reed and Nico possessed flat sounding voices, and John Cale compensated for this by down-tuning his various stringed instruments--and then the band as a whole down-tuned to Cale's pitch. This creates a slightly off-kilter, droning tone... and the result is a strangely hypnotic, frequently dark, and often unnerving sound that swirls around the songs' street-tough lyrics. At worst, it is at least interesting; at best, it is completely original. Several of the cuts have a distinct pop inflection, but the band subverts them; "Femme Fatale" has a mocking tone, and both "Sunday Morning" and "I'll Be Your Mirror" have a decidedly paranoid quality. But the cuts for which this album is most famous are about as far removed from pop as you can get: the strange exotic stutter of "All Tomorrow's Parties;" the pitch black and street scary tone of "Heroin" and "I'm Waiting For My Man;" and the whip-like accompaniment on the S&M-oriented "Venus In Furs"--all of them frequently imitated but seldom equaled. The most extreme edge of the band is captured in such selections as "The Black Angel's Death Song," a piece so far out that The Velvet Underground were actually fired from a bar gig for playing it one time too many for the management's liking.
If your taste in music runs to bouncy dance music, pop standards, or even what passes for experimental among the top 40--you might want to give The Velvet Underground a miss.
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