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Peel Slowly and See [1965-1969]

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Does this five-CD box set feature an abundance of essential material? Certainly. It has all four of the studio albums released by the Lou Reed-led lineup, and a wealth of previously unreleased goodies. Is it an essential purchase? That depends on your level of fanaticism. Most serious Velvet fans have all four of the core studio albums already (although the third, self-titled LP is presented in its muffled, so-called "closet" mix), and will be most interested in the previously unavailable recordings, which do hold considerable fascination. The entire first disc is devoted to a drummer-less 1965 rehearsal tape in John Cale's loft, with radically different, almost folky run-throughs of most of the important songs from their classic debut, as well as a song that only made it onto Nico's first LP ("Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams"), and one which makes its first appearance anywhere (the Dylan esque "Prominent Men"). Other big bonuses include no less than seven outtakes from Loaded and other songs re-done by Reed on his early solo albums. And there are sundry other unreleased live and studio items, highlighted by a scorching live 1967 "Guess I'm Falling in Love" and the 1969 demo "Countess From Hong Kong." There are also highlights from VU and Another View, longer versions of Loaded's "Sweet Jane" and "New Age," and an 80-page booklet. The thing is, though, that virtually everyone who's interested in this material has already bought the four studio albums, sometimes several times over. A separate release of the two discs or so of truly new material would have been welcomed by the many fans who aren't interested in paying for a five-CD box of stuff when they already have well over half of it. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Venus in Furs The Velvet Underground 15:35
  3. 2 Prominent Men The Velvet Underground 4:53
  4. 3 Heroin The Velvet Underground 13:34
  5. 4 I'm Waiting for the Man The Velvet Underground 9:49
  6. 5 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams The Velvet Underground 15:49
  7. 6 All Tomorrow's Parties The Velvet Underground 18:25
  8. 1 All Tomorrow's Parties The Velvet Underground 2:47
  9. 2 Sunday Morning The Velvet Underground 2:52
  10. 3 I'm Waiting for the Man The Velvet Underground 4:37
  11. 4 Femme Fatale The Velvet Underground 2:36
  12. 5 Venus in Furs The Velvet Underground 5:7
  13. 6 Run Run Run The Velvet Underground 4:18
  14. 7 All Tomorrow's Parties The Velvet Underground 5:56
  15. 8 Heroin The Velvet Underground 7:8
  16. 9 There She Goes Again The Velvet Underground 2:37
  17. 10 I'll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground 2:9
  18. 11 The Black Angel's Death Song The Velvet Underground 3:10
  19. 12 European Son The Velvet Underground 7:46
  20. 13 Melody Laughter The Velvet Underground 10:41
  21. 14 It Was a Pleasure Then The Velvet Underground 8:0
  22. 15 Chelsea Girls The Velvet Underground 7:23
  23. 1 There Is No Reason The Velvet Underground 2:11
  24. 2 Sheltered Life The Velvet Underground 2:52
  25. 3 It's All Right (The Way That You Live) The Velvet Underground 2:48
  26. 4 I'm Not too Sorry (Now That You're Gone) The Velvet Underground 2:17
  27. 5 Here She Comes Now The Velvet Underground 2:46
  28. 6 Guess I'm Falling in Love The Velvet Underground 4:10
  29. 7 Booker T. The Velvet Underground 6:30
  30. 8 White Light/White Heat The Velvet Underground 2:44
  31. 9 The Gift The Velvet Underground 8:16
  32. 10 Lady Godiva's Operation The Velvet Underground 4:53
  33. 11 Here She Comes Now The Velvet Underground 2:0
  34. 12 I Heard Her Call My Name The Velvet Underground 4:35
  35. 13 Sister Ray The Velvet Underground 17:27
  36. 14 Stephanie Says The Velvet Underground 2:48
  37. 15 Temptation Inside Your Heart The Velvet Underground 2:29
  38. 16 Hey Mr.Rain The Velvet Underground 4:38
  39. 1 What Goes On The Velvet Underground 5:33
  40. 2 Candy Says The Velvet Underground 4:3
  41. 3 What Goes On The Velvet Underground 4:33
  42. 4 Some Kinda Love The Velvet Underground 3:37
  43. 5 Pale Blue Eyes The Velvet Underground 5:41
  44. 6 Jesus The Velvet Underground 3:22
  45. 7 Beginning to See the Light The Velvet Underground 4:45
  46. 8 I'm Set Free The Velvet Underground 4:3
  47. 9 That's the Story of My Life The Velvet Underground 2:1
  48. 10 The Murder Mystery [Closet Mix] The Velvet Underground 8:54
  49. 11 After Hours The Velvet Underground 2:7
  50. 12 Foggy Notion The Velvet Underground 6:45
  51. 13 I Can't Stand It The Velvet Underground 3:21
  52. 14 I'm Sticking With You The Velvet Underground 2:26
  53. 15 One of These Days The Velvet Underground 3:55
  54. 16 Lisa Says The Velvet Underground 2:54
  55. 17 It's Just too Much The Velvet Underground 2:57
  56. 18 Countess from Hong Kong The Velvet Underground 3:17

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