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The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground: The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground (1969)
Polygram

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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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I'm actually surprised that no one has reviewed any of The Velvet Underground's records. I decided to start with my favorite. From the slow, melodic opener "Candy Says," to the acoustic pop-ditty "After Hours," this album delivers nothing but pure hits. On this record, The Velvet Underground de.
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I'm actually surprised that no one has reviewed any of The Velvet Underground's records. I decided to start with my favorite.

From the slow, melodic opener "Candy Says," to the acoustic pop-ditty "After Hours," this album delivers nothing but pure hits. On this record, The Velvet Underground departed from their earlier more experimental sound and adopted a slower, simpler style. While it doesn't encompass the pop spirit that Loaded does, there are definitely traces of the band's progression apparent in the rockers "What Goes On," and "I'm Beginning to See the Light."

Not only do the song structures vary, but so does the percussion. While keeping in touch with the minimal percussion used on The Velvet Underground and Nico (mostly just a bass drum on its side, a tambourine, and a snare drum) on tracks like "Some Kinda Love" with its clip-clop beat, this album also has the appearance of a full set.

This album relies heavily on repetition, like other Velvet Underground records, but generally overlying is a very melodic guitar solo/riff. The result is something that's generally bluesy/rock 'n roll while being one at the roots of the indie/punk scene.

With songs about drugs, transsexuals, love, sex, and rock and/or roll, The Velvet Underground encompassed the true spirit of rock 'n roll while influencing so many other groups during this time period. This album is a classic. Go buy it before people discover that you don't own it and beat you.

 

 
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toosoftforpunk (May 27, 2012)

I can understand how someone can be disappointed with this album, as it sees the Velvets begin to make more accessible and radio friendly tunes (i.e. Pale Blue Eyes and After Hours) but this was my first Velvets album so I'm biased. Plus the recording quality is awesome; I can definitely see how this album inspired some of the Lo-Fi bands of the 90's.

swingline (January 15, 2005)

dude who are those guys on the cover? i don't see slash or scott anywhere!

loggerhd (October 17, 2004)

the velvet underground are great, but this is by far their worst record. I'd say the first album is the best, followed closely by White Light/White Heat, then Loaded. Live at Max's Kansas City is cool but really sounds almost like another band with the change in the rhythm section. Okay, I'll admit that this album is better than the 1969 live discs and the 1993 live reunion discs. talk about a band name influencing ratings... everyone of you needs to re-play this album. it's not that good

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

brilliant band. black angel death song of VU and Nico is one of my all time favorites

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

brilliant band. black angel death song of VU and Nico is one of my all time favorites

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

overrated pretentious bullshit. i'm off to listen to minus the bear...real music.

I'm sure Minus the Bear would be embarrassed to hear someone say that.

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

John Cale's solo stuff is amazing i like it more than lou's

- I Hate The Kids

Mr_Pink (September 13, 2004)

This is a great great album. There are no bad VU albums. As for the Lou Reed material, go with Transformer for the radio stuff, Blue Mask and Legendary Hearts for some great work with Robert Quine, and Berlin and New York to round it out.

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

pale blue eyes is one of the best love songs of all time(even though the girl reed wrote about actually had hazel eyes but he said blue worked better in the song)

REALPUNX4LIFE (September 12, 2004)

No. Get Transformer and New York. Those are the only two Lou Reed albums you need.

But getting the VU records in order is a good idea, despite the fact that this one is better than WL/WH. Or get the Peel Slowly & See box set. It rules so hard. I had VU&N and then just splurged on the box set to save time and money. Best decision I ever made.

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

Buy them in chronological order, because they just get worse.

Then buy Lou Reed's first two solo albums.

-BSD

maverick (September 12, 2004)

The only VU album I own is VU & Nico - which should I get next?

-Scott

Anonymous (September 12, 2004)

Nico was fucking hot too. and you also have Andy Warhol to thank for her addition.

- I Hate The Kids

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

Nico's songs were great. Nico's solo career is also great. She was an integral part of VU, and "Chelsea Girl" is practically another VU album.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

everyone knows that The Velvet Underground are better than every band there is/was. Thats all you need to say in a review. I hate people.

Jesse (September 11, 2004)

VU & Nico is great for the songs that Nico isn't on, but White Light/White Heat is definitely better than it. Loaded has some good songs, but generally is shitty.

REALPUNX4LIFE (September 11, 2004)

"The Murder Mystery is one of the coolest fucking songs ever written."

Couldn't agree more. This is their best record. Anyone who disagrees is just hatin'. Loaded is actually my least favorite. Weird? Most folks I know don't really like the first because of Nico but I think she's terrific, putting VU&N at number 2 followed by WL/WH and Loaded at a close fourth. Now you know how you should rank the Velvet Underground.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

i'm beginning to see the light, yeah!

this cd rocks,

review sucks

Velvet Underground, they get hipper every year.

gladimnotemo (September 11, 2004)

This is the only review put on yesterday that's actually real punk.

There's so many classics not even mentioned on this site. I need to start writing.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

This is on a major label? How the hell did it make it onto this hardcore-punk-underground website?

TheOnetrueBill (September 11, 2004)

White Light/White Heat is most definitly their best. I love everything about it, from the fuzzy sound to the epic scale of Sister Ray

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

I like Vu & Nico better than White Light/White Heat, this is the onl official studio release of theirs I haven't heard in full but would like to.I'll just give it a 10 assuming the songs I know off of it are as good as the whole thing.

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

this is soooo boring. this does not get 10 stars.

-nfg182rawker

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

did anyone think this would get any less than 5 stars when they saw it in the new reviews list?

Jesse (September 10, 2004)

Their second being White Light/White Heat? I go back and forth on which one I like better. That or this.

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

Actually, someone did review "VU & Nico". It's easily better than this one. Their second was their best, though.

-BSD

Jesse (September 10, 2004)

This is a shitty review, I wrote it like 3 months ago.

On another side note - Minus The Bear? That band wouldn't exist without The Velvet Underground.

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

The Murder Mystery is one of the coolest fucking songs ever written. and the Velvet Underground can never be overrated, they were completely different from their contemporaries and Lou Reed is the fucking man.

U-Mass (September 10, 2004)

While Minus the Bear are good, they are in no way superior to the Velvet Underground.
My personal favorite song by them is Pale Blue Eyes.

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

overrated pretentious bullshit. i'm off to listen to minus the bear...real music.

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