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The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary [Deluxe Edition]

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listen  1. Sunday Morning (Album Version) 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I'm Waiting For The Man (Album Version (Stereo)) 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Femme Fatale (Album Version) 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Venus In Furs (Album Version) 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Run Run Run (Album Version) 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. All Tomorrow's Parties (Album Version) 5:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Heroin (Album Version) 7:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. There She Goes Again (Album Version) 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I'll Be Your Mirror (Album Version) 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Black Angel's Death Song (Album Version) 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. European Son (Album Version) 7:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. All Tomorrow's Parties (Alternate Single Voice Version) 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. European Son (Alternate Version) 9:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Heroin (Alternate Version) 6:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. All Tomorrow's Parties (Alternate Instrumental Mix) 5:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. I'll Be Your Mirror (Alternate Mix) 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. European Son (Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version) 9:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Black Angel's Death Song (Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate mix) 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. All Tomorrow's Parties (Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version) 5:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I'll Be Your Mirror (Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version) 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Heroin (Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version) 6:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Femme Fatale (Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate mix) 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Venus In Furs (Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version) 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Waiting For The Man (Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version) 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Run Run Run (Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate mix) 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Walk Alone (The Factory Rehearsal) 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Crackin' Up / Venus In Furs (The Factory Rehearsal) 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Miss Joanie Lee (The Factory Rehearsal)11:49Album Only
listen13. Heroin (The Factory Rehearsal) 6:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. There She Goes Again (The Factory Rehearsal with Nico) 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. There She Goes Again (The Factory Rehearsal) 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 


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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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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor / Pgd
  • ASIN: B008RZ99DY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Deluxe two CD edition features an additional five bonus tracks on Disc One plus an entire disc of rare and unreleased recordings including the early Scepter Studios sessions. 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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157 of 178 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece not recognized at first 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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149 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peel Slowly and See a Truly Original Band 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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal reissue of watershed LP August 4, 2002
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Of the many impressive facets of the Velvet Underground's debut, perhaps the most impressive of all is how completely undated it sounds. While those who followed in the VU's footsteps often sounded retro -- often purposefully so -- this gritty, thirty-five year-old creation seems not to have aged a day.

Polydor's latest double-disc reissue collects both the mono and stereo mixes of the original album, digitally remastered, and adds contemporaneous singles and a quintet of VU-powered tracks from Nico's subsequent "Chelsea Girl" album. The package is enveloped in a foldout digipack (with or without peelable banana artwork), with a thick booklet that includes newly penned liner notes from Dave Thompson, photos, song lyrics and recording credits.

Of particular interest to U.S. buyers is the mono album mix, previously available only outside the U.S. This is the band's vision of the album, later remixed into stereo by MGM staff producer (and, at the time, Simon & Garfunkel producer) Tom Wilson. The mono version is tougher, and in the opinion of the band's label at the time, too limiting for American audiences (both for its intensity, and for the US's burgeoning interest in stereo). The difference in atmosphere is a terrific lesson in how mixing affects an album, and how visceral mono recordings can be.

The bonus tracks include five sides waxed by Nico with the original lineup of the Velvet Underground for her solo debut. Recorded in April 1967, they followed the band's original recording dates by exactly a year (the VU debut, recorded in April 1966, did not see release until March of the following year).
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Revelation
I don't know why I waited so long to listen to and buy this groundbreaking album. (Though I'm 99% sure I've heard "Waiting for the Man" before. Read more
Published 11 days ago by lawless
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Published 18 days ago by mike wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars It's cool, man, it's cool
I noticed that some reviewers don't like this album and cannot IMAGINE why we who like it think so highly of it. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Steven Haarala
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Great Exelent
Published 22 days ago by Jose R. Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Music appreciation
I bought this as a birthday gift for my son, who is a music guru and was so thrilled to get this album. Perfect condition, I cant wait to listen to this with him.
Published 23 days ago by T. L. Wi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful album on a beautiful slab of vinyl
Published 24 days ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of luxury fan box
You get alternate mixes of TVUAN .
You get Chelsea Girl .
Most of all you get FZiDV 5 and 6,
Live !
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Published 2 months ago by SFNico
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Guide To The DELUXE & SUPER DELUXE Velvet Underground...
When the recent DELUXE and SUPER DELUXE versions of 'THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO' and 'WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT' were first announced I was fairly disgusted with the price of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John H. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic rock album
My sister and her then bf got this album for me for my birthday when I was in my twenties. "Sunday Morning" is still one of my favorite songs - love the acoustic guitar. Read more
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