The Velvet Underground & Nico - 45th Anniversary [6 CD][Super Deluxe Edition]
Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Edition
Box Set, 6 CD
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Disc 1 - The Velvet Underground & Nico (stereo version newly remastered, plus alternate versions)
Disc 2 - The Velvet Underground & Nico (mono version newly remastered, plus singles)
Disc 3 - Nico: Chelsea Girl (newly remastered)
Disc 4 - Scepter Studios Sessions (previously released as a bootleg) and the Factory Rehearsals (January 3, 1966, previously unreleased)
Disc 5 - Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio, November 4, 1966 (previously unreleased)
Disc 6 - Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio, November 4, 1966 (previously unreleased)
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The packaging is beautiful, but I don't fall for pretty packages. If you don't have to pay too much, this is a must-have.
I already owned the first THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO Deluxe Edition from 2002 featuring the album's stereo and (superior) mono versions, the five most VELVET-like tracks from NICO's 'CHELSEA GIRL" and mono versions of the singles "All Tomorrow's Parties"/"I'll Be Your Mirror" and "Sunday Morning"/"Femme Fatale." The first pressing (which I have) also had the "peelable" banana. The 2012 45th ANNIVERSARY version's first disc contains a REMIXED version of the stereo album, four alternate takes ("All Tomorrows Parties," "Heroin," "European Son" and "I'll Be Your Mirror") and an instrumental take of "All Tomorrow's Parties." The second disc has the oft-bootleged "Scepter Studio Sessions," with nine of the album's eleven songs recorded before the Verve album, and six "Factory Rehearsals" recorded on January 3, 1966 that contain the rarities "Walk Alone," "Crackin' Up" and "Miss Joanie Lee.".....
This six disc SUPER DELUXE 45th Anniversary LIMITED EDITION of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO comes in a 10" x 11" hardcover book with the de rigeur peelable banana. The first disc is the same as disc one of the 2012 DELUXE EDITION, Disc Two is the same as Disc 2 of the 2002 DELUXE EDITION. Disc Three contains the stereo mix of NICO's 'CHELSEA GIRL' and Disc Four is the same as Disc 2 of the 2012 DELUXE EDITION. Discs Five & Six contain a live concert recorded November 4, 1966 in Columbus, OH at the Valleydale Ballroom. It is, I believe, the only surviving full concert of the line-up with Nico. They perform seven songs from the debut album sandwiched between a 28min. "Melody Laughter" and a 28min. "Nothing Song." The sound quality is comparable to a fair bootleg, slightly better than LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY but not as good as the LIVE 1969 Vol. 1 and LIVE 1969 Vol. 2 sets, but an unquestionably historic document, nonetheless. I was also impressed with Nico's contributions to the controlled noise fests that bookend the concert, belying tales that she was only interested in her "spotlite" performances. The book itself is printed on high quality paper and contains mostly unpublished photos, none of which I could find in other VELVETS books such as "The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side." My only complaints are the high price, that the discs are in slots in the rear of the book, and more importantly, they left off the superior mono mix of CHELSEA GIRL even though they had room on the stereo disc. Fans of this version have to either track down an old LP or buy Sundazed's The Verve/MGM ALBUMS, a vinyl box set of the first three albums and CHELSEA GIRL in mono, and the "lost album" '1969' in stereo......
The three disc WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT 45th Anniversary SUPER DELUXE EDITION comes in a similar hardcover book of the same quality. The first disc contains the original stereo album and seven bonus tracks. "I Heard Her Call My Name" is an alternate version, "Stephanie Says" and "Temptation Inside Your Heart" were previously available on the VU compilation, "Guess I'm Falling In Love (instrumental version)," "Hey Mr. Rain (Version 1)" and "Hey Mr. Rain (Version 2)" are new mixes of tracks first released on the compilation ANOTHER VIEW, and there's a previously unreleased early version of "Beginning To See The Light." All the bonus tracks, especially those previously released, have benefited greatly from the new remastering. Disc Two has the mono version of the original album with the single mix of the title track and it's B-Side "Here She Comes Now" and "previous unreleased isolated vocal and instrumental versions" of "The Gift." The real treat is on Disc Three, a seven song concert by the WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT group on April 30, 1967 at NYC's Gymnasium in, to quote John Cale, "remarkable quality." It contains the rare tracks "Booker T.," "I'm Not A Young Man Anymore" and "Guess I'm Falling In Love." The first and third were previously released on the 'PEEL SLOWLY AND SEE" set......
This two disc 'WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT 45th Anniversary DELUXE EDITION' contains Discs One and Three of the SUPER DELUXE set, and is therefore a bargain. I have to admit, when I first heard there was to be a 2CD version, I figured it would contain Discs One and Two, forcing the real fans to shell out for the rare great concert. I was more than pleasantly pleased when I found that the concert disc was to be included. The only MINOR nitpick I have is there's no photo of the alternate European cover anywhere. For such a revered album you think they'd want to "cover" all bases, but it's a drop in the ocean compared to the value of this set......
I was extremely lucky, one day I was checking prices and found a "Like New" used copy of the THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO SUPER DELUXE EDITION for about $10 a disc, which I think would be a fair price for a NEW set. So, unless you have the $$$ to spend on the SUPER sets, here's my recommendation if you're a fan that wants to dip your toes beyond the original canon; currently (4/19/14) you can purchase the 2002 and 2012 DELUXE EDITIONS of THE VU & NICO and the DELUXE WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT, in no less than "Like New" condition, for about $55, a little more than half the price of the THE VU & NICO SUPER DELUXE set. You would be getting Remastered versions of the first album in stereo AND the superior mono mix, the superior stereo mix of WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT, the five most VU-like songs off CHELSEA GIRL, mono mixes of their first two singles, both rare pre- recordings from Scepter Studios and The Factory, six rarities in great remastered sound, and one of the last concerts of the WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT band, again in "remarkable quality." The only things you'll be missing is the good but not great show with Nico, four songs from CHELSEA GIRL that have limited VU involvement, the mono version of WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT and it's two mono single sides. The mono album and singles were actually just fold-downs of the stereo masters anyway, and anyone who has a copy of WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT has the separate sections of "The Gift" already. If you want to hear the instrumental or recitation separately, all you have to do is turn your balance knob all the way to the right and left.....!
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND is a band that's loved by some, reviled by others, some think they are genius, others think they're degenerate, some when first hearing them fall in love, others run screaming, but no wonder what YOU think, there's no doubt about their influence and legacy. They may be an acquired taste, but once you acquire it you never lose or forget it. All these sets expand and do justice to their legacy, No matter what path you chose, if you're a VELVETS fan you won't be disappointed......
But this will be the definitive.
Great booklet. Glad to have the Nico record.
The live stuff is just above mediocre.
The price was excellent as the delivery and condition of what I ordered.
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This is the most important album ever and there have been hundreds of reviews, so wont add to them.
enough to say it influenced everyone from David Bowie to REM and thousands of others.
well what you get here is the ultimate collection, some rare tracks lots of live stuff and the factory rehearsals, some good some not
so good, but always interesting. If your a big fan just buy it, because some day you may not be able to find it (like i missed out on the "What goes on " box set)
This box set does an amazing job of showing you where (musically) the Velvets were the year this record came out.
Disc 1 is the album in stereo, remastered with some bonus tracks. Disc 2 is the Mono mastered album with bonus tracks (not the same as disc one). Disc 3 is Nico's Chelsea Girl CD which a large portion were songs by Reed and Cale (some from a young Jackson Brown). Disc 4 is made up of VU rehearsals leading up to them recording the album. Disc's 5 & 6 are a great bootleg of a live show (heads up! These are great live CD's for The Velvet Underground. That meaning compared to other live CD's from these period. This (like those) are not soundboard recordings). This was recorded on one of those cassette records everybody had before portable stereo's started coming out in the 80's ( The main character in Almost Famous uses one). So we are not talking great sound. But as i said compared to others of it's Ilk it sounds really good.
The packaging is great. Comes as a coffee table book with the six CD's in the back. $100 is very pricey but for what you get it's fair. The second album comes out in December hopefully they will be doing all four albums that came out with Reed. The next one "White Light White Heat" is the last Velvets studio record with John Cale.
the velvet underground are the band that has influenced the best music for over 40 years.
now hear the original mono recordings, early versions and a live concert.
i am looking forward to 50 years for the Blu-ray audio version!