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The Velvet Underground & Nico [45th Anniversary Edition]

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One would be hard-pressed to name a rock album whose influence has been as broad and pervasive as The Velvet Underground & Nico. While it reportedly took over a decade for the album's sales to crack six figures, glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set. While the Velvet Underground had as distinctive a sound as any band, what's most surprising about this album is its diversity. Here, the Velvets dipped their toes into dreamy pop ("Sunday Morning"), tough garage rock ("Waiting for the Man"), stripped-down R&B ("There She Goes Again"), and understated love songs ("I'll Be Your Mirror") when they weren't busy creating sounds without pop precedent. Lou Reed's lyrical exploration of drugs and kinky sex (then risky stuff in film and literature, let alone "teen music") always received the most press attention, but the music Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker played was as radical as the words they accompanied. The bracing discord of "European Son," the troubling beauty of "All Tomorrow's Parties," and the expressive dynamics of "Heroin" all remain as compelling as the day they were recorded. While the significance of Nico's contributions have been debated over the years, she meshes with the band's outlook in that she hardly sounds like a typical rock vocalist, and if Andy Warhol's presence as producer was primarily a matter of signing the checks, his notoriety allowed the Velvet Underground to record their material without compromise, which would have been impossible under most other circumstances. Few rock albums are as important as The Velvet Underground & Nico, and fewer still have lost so little of their power to surprise and intrigue more than 40 years after first hitting the racks. [A 45th Anniversary Edition was released in 2012.] ~ Mark Deming
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Sunday Morning The Velvet Underground 2:56
  3. 2 I'm Waiting for the Man The Velvet Underground 4:40
  4. 3 Femme Fatale The Velvet Underground 2:39
  5. 4 Venus in Furs The Velvet Underground 5:12
  6. 5 Run Run Run The Velvet Underground 4:22
  7. 6 All Tomorrow's Parties The Velvet Underground 6:0
  8. 7 Heroin The Velvet Underground 7:14
  9. 8 There She Goes Again The Velvet Underground 2:41
  10. 9 I'll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground 2:14
  11. 10 The Black Angel's Death Song The Velvet Underground 3:12
  12. 11 European Son The Velvet Underground 7:48
  13. 12 All Tomorrow's Parties [Alternate Single Voice Version] The Velvet Underground 5:56
  14. 13 European Son [Alternate Version] The Velvet Underground 9:3
  15. 14 Heroin [Alternate Version] The Velvet Underground 6:18
  16. 15 All Tomorrow's Parties [Alternate Instrumental Mix] The Velvet Underground 5:50
  17. 1 Sunday Morning [Mono] The Velvet Underground 2:53
  18. 2 I'm Waiting For The Man [Mono] The Velvet Underground 4:43
  19. 3 Femme Fatale [Mono] The Velvet Underground 2:35
  20. 4 Venus In Furs [Mono] The Velvet Underground 5:10
  21. 5 Run Run Run [Mono] The Velvet Underground 4:21
  22. 6 All Tomorrow's Parties [Mono] The Velvet Underground 5:57
  23. 7 Heroin [Mono] The Velvet Underground 7:10
  24. 8 There She Goes Again [Mono] The Velvet Underground 2:37
  25. 9 I'll Be Your Mirror [Mono] The Velvet Underground 2:11
  26. 10 Black Angel's Death Song [Mono] The Velvet Underground 3:11
  27. 11 European Son [Mono] The Velvet Underground 7:53
  28. 12 All Tomorrow's Parties [Mono Single] The Velvet Underground 2:48
  29. 13 I'll Be Your Mirror [Mono Single - Alternate Ending] The Velvet Underground 2:15
  30. 14 Sunday Morning [Mono Single - Alternate Mix] The Velvet Underground 3:9
  31. 15 Femme Fatale [Mono Single] The Velvet Underground 2:35
  32. 1 The Fairest Of The Seasons Nico 4:6
  33. 2 These Days Nico 3:35
  34. 6 Chelsea Girls Nico 7:23
  35. 7 I'll Keep It With Mine Nico 3:17
  36. 8 Somewhere There's A Feather Nico 2:16
  37. 10 Eulogy To Lenny Bruce Nico 3:45
  38. 1 European Son [Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version] The Velvet Underground 9:0
  39. 2 Black Angel's Death Song [Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate mix] The Velvet Underground 3:12
  40. 3 All Tomorrow's Parties [Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version] The Velvet Underground 5:49
  41. 5 Heroin [Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version] The Velvet Underground 6:14
  42. 6 Femme Fatale [Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate mix] The Velvet Underground 2:33
  43. 7 Venus In Furs [Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version] The Velvet Underground 4:26
  44. 8 Waiting For The Man [Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate version] The Velvet Underground 4:7
  45. 9 Run Run Run [Scepter Studios Sessions - alternate mix] The Velvet Underground 4:20
  46. 10 Walk Alone [The Factory Rehearsal] The Velvet Underground 3:28
  47. 11 Crackin' Up / Venus In Furs [The Factory Rehearsal] The Velvet Underground 3:53
  48. 12 Miss Joanie Lee [The Factory Rehearsal] The Velvet Underground 11:49
  49. 13 Heroin [The Factory Rehearsal] The Velvet Underground 6:13
  50. 14 There She Goes Again [The Factory Rehearsal with Nico] The Velvet Underground 2:9
  51. 15 There She Goes Again [The Factory Rehearsal] The Velvet Underground 2:55
  52. 1 Melody Laughter [Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio / 1966] The Velvet Underground 28:26
  53. 2 Femme Fatale [Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio / 1966] The Velvet Underground 2:38
  54. 3 Venus In Furs [Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio / 1966] The Velvet Underground 4:46
  55. 4 Black Angel's Death Song [Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio / 1966] The Velvet Underground 4:49
  56. 5 All Tomorrow's Parties [Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio / 1966] The Velvet Underground 5:2
  57. 1 Waiting For The Man [Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio / 1966] The Velvet Underground 4:51
  58. 2 Heroin [Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio / 1966] The Velvet Underground 6:43
  59. 3 Run Run Run [Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio / 1966] The Velvet Underground 8:44

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