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THE VERVE /MGM ALBUMS (5-LP SET) Box set
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As the alternative scene grew, so did the legend of the Velvet Underground. However, with relatively few of the original LPs in circulation, finding them could be difficult and, as a result, more people had probably heard OF the band than had actually heard their music. The emergence of compact discs in the mid-80s, along with a groundswell of VU-influenced bands singing their praises, finally got their music into wider distribution. Yet, for vinyl enthusiasts who longed to place those precious albums on their turntables, that thrill remained elusive.
Until now. With tremendous pride, Sundazed presents The Velvet Underground: The MGM/Verve Albums. This beautiful, deluxe boxed set gathers the rare mono versions of the band s first three studio albums along with the superior mono version of Nico s Chelsea Girl and a definitive edition of the band s unfinished fourth album! Sourced from the original Verve/MGM analog reels and mastered by Bob Irwin, this collection is an essential purchase for the discerning vinyl devotee. For all tomorrow s parties, this is your soundtrack.
The ultimate collection of underground rock s big bang!
Includes the rare mono versions of the VU s first three albums, the superior mono version of Nico s Chelsea Girl (featuring Reed, Cale & Morrison) and a definitive edition of the band s unfinished fourth album!
Housed in a beautiful deluxe box with all original LP artwork along with two bonus poster inserts!
Introduction by Rolling Stone senior editor/MOJO contributor David Fricke.
Sourced from the original Verve/MGM analog reels and mastered by Bob Irwin.
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1. The box holding the LPs is very lightweight and flimsy. Mine already has a crease across the back--I don't know if this occurred during shipping or before.
2. The box is way bigger spine-wise than the LPs themselves--there's a lot of air in there. Sundazed does such great vinyl, are they not aware that LPs need to be stored pressed snugly together, and not tilting where they could bow? I'm going to have to store the LPs out of the box with my other albums, or stuff some styrofoam or other LPs in there... I'd like to think I'll find some other use for the box, but really, wouldn't it have been cheaper to make it a little smaller anyway?
3. For those of you who care about the "introduction by David Fricke" (I do), note that it appears on a label outside the shrinkwrap. The box has no liner notes or booklet.
Am I still grateful to have it? You betcha. But in a day and age of deluxe box sets, I'm used to a more premium experience for $100 bucks... not what I expected from Sundazed. Sorry, guys!
As for the music, it is sublime, these mono pressings are the best the Velvets have ever sounded. The first album finally sounds as clear as it should, nothing will ever make side two of WL/WH sounds perfect,but this gets close.
For me,the crown jewels of the set are the s/t third album and Chelsea Girl. The third album sounds gorgeous, retaining the closed in sound of the "closet mix" while letting in a bit of the air found on the Valentin mix. Just a perfect balance. Nico's Chelsea Girl has never sounded better, the strings are warm and natural, it finaly sounds like the luminous folk-pop album it is. As for the 1969 comp made up of alternate takes, it sounds like the next great Velvets album we never got. Great flow to it, sounds like a lot of thought went into it.
The vinyl is perfect, flat with no noise at all,although I've heard that some of the pressings are not up to par. Maybe I lucked out. There will be a second presing that will hopefully resolve some of the issues here, but the music is amazing, the best presentation of the Velvets I have ever heard, well worth the money.
I'm going to dock this one star for the presentation, but as far as the sound, it's a ten star set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Velvet Underground is more appreciated today then they were in the 1960's as the prototype art band and forerunner of Punk Rock. This box set is fabulous. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Donald Scarinci
Absolutely awesome. Sounds incredible.
Some mixes are totally different than the stereo versions. Mostly noticeable in the third album. Read more
I got my box set in yesterday and - yes - the album covers are a bit scuffed up and they have that "split" up at the top of the albums. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Scott Stevens
I agree with the other reviews on the bad condition. Fortunately I read the reviews before buying it. Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Andy111111
First off, the materials used are cheap. The box cardboard is cheap and is fragile at the seams. The individual albums are not shrink-wrapped, so when I opened my box, some of the... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by the curry eaters
received this from SUNDAZED.new upgraded packaging....shrinkwrap and foam padding.all records quiet and not warped no scuffed covers.sound is well a revelation.... Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by malco 49