The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground & Nico

Music CD - 1996
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Publisher: New York, NY : Polydor : Manufactured and marketed by A&M Records, [1996]
Branch Call Number: COMP DISC 781.66 VELVE
Characteristics: digital,1.4 m/s
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Nico 1938-1988
Alternative Title: Velvet Underground and Nico
Notes: Program notes inserted in container
Originally released March 1967 as Verve V/V6-5008
All songs written by Lou Reed except tracks 1 and 10 by Lou Reed and John Cale, and track 11 by Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker

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Easily the worst engineered recording on this list, the sludgy sound doesn't quite sabotage the songwriting innovations on what has become one of the most influential rock records ever. It enjoyed very little commercial success when it was first released.


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Jimbo64
Feb 06, 2014

Great early recording of Lou and the Velvet Underground. ...,Although I share the sentiment of the band. ...,I could do without Nico. ...,She kept Andy [warhol] bemused but that's about it.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 12, 2013

It's been said many times before, but I'll say it again in light of Lou Reed's recent passing: this is one of the most important records ever made. I'll venture to say it's more influential than "Sgt. Pepper's," which came out the same year and feels fussy, goofy and old fashioned in comparison. This is ground zero for virtually every kind of underground/alternative/punk/indie music that followed. Any band that wears black, sings about dark subjects and has an arty angle owes something to this record. Absolutely indispensable.

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Bewlay
Apr 30, 2013

I found it very interesting hearing the alternate versions.

roadshowrigoletto Nov 07, 2011

The Velvet Underground seem to exist more as an ideal to be responded to than a musical group sometimes. At least to me it's that way. A classic bit of stuff from the likes of Lou Reed and John Cale, but what hit me when listening to some of the sounds was a degree of attitude adoption that I had not been conversant with beforehand. But then the Velvet Underground is an almost religious touchstone for some. Like a bit of finger or a patch of skin venerated. Never were they the entire package?

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