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And Nico

Velvet Underground Audio CD
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1. Sunday Morning
2. I'm Waiting For The Man
3. Femme Fatale
4. Venus in Furs
5. Run Run Run
6. All Tomorrow's Parties
7. Heroin
8. There She Goes Again - The Velvet Underground
9. I'll Be Your Mirror
10. The Black Angel's Death Song
11. European Sun

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When the Velvets recorded this debut, they were best known as the protégés of Andy Warhol (who designed the sleeve), and as a grating, combustible live band. Fuelled by drummer Moe Tucker's no-nonsense wham and John Cale's howling viola, some of the straight-up rock & roll and arty noise extravaganzas here bear that out. But before Lou Reed was singing about sadomasochism and drug deals and writing lyrics inspired by his favourite poets, he was a pop songwriter and this album has some of his prettiest tunes, mostly sung by Nico, the German dark angel who left the band after this disc. Even the sordid rockers are underscored by graceful pop tricks, like the two-chord flutter at the centre of the classic "Heroin". --Douglas Wolk

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VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO The Velvet Underground and Nico (1996 UK 11-track digitally remastered CD issue of the 1967 album Andy Warhol banana picture sleeve in stickered jewel case)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniable Art Rock Genius Album! June 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
Totally an incredible listen every time. From the first sunny sounds of "Sunday Morning" to the crashing intro to "I'm Waiting For the Man, " the songs are arranged in a way that lulls you in subtle pop splendor, and then thrills you with a chunk of ferocious rock. There is no room to get bored, only total intense satisfaction.
"Femme Fatale" is one of my favorite songs ever. The great Nico coyly identifying "here she comes...you better watch your step. She's going to break your heart in two...it's true." She's just a little tease, indeed. Her vocal work on this album is just amazing. The contrast between her and Lou Reed is genius. "I'll Be Your Mirror" is one of the sweetest love songs I have ever heard. It has a such an original and sweet perspective, and is so melancholy in the hands of Nico, whose voice really is so distinctive, warm and charmingly amateur all at once. It really is a pitty that her work with the Velvet Underground pretty much ended with this album. I can only imagine how the Velvet's history may have been different had she stuck around for subsequent releases.
"I'm Waiting For My Man" is probably my favorite singular song on the album. The low-key guitar approach is pure Lou Reed, and I love the imagery he brings to life about New York, and trying to meet up with his dealer. "He's never early...he's always late. First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait..." Amazing stuff, and Mo Tucker keeps it all together with her electrifying drum assault. The song that most people identify as one of the most important contributions to rock history would have to be "Heroin," Reed's droning anthemic ode to the gift's and perils of the drug he so treasured.
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This didn't take long to grow on me. Beginning with the paranoically sugary track "Sunday Morning" and eerie malayse of malevolence begins to beset and dog the listener, and starts to percolate instantly with the jarring, driving "Waiting For The Man", which of course, is about the seedy dealings of the drug market. The dead-on cleverness with which the more sinister elements of the human condition are rendered in this album, makes me shake with glee whenever I listen to it. It is an unusual mix of the solemn mysticality of Nico's magnificent voice, and the daunting nasality of Lou Reed's nightmarish balladry, telling tales of drug dealings, sadomasochism, and abstract descriptions in "Black Angel's Death Song" that are so menacing, one begins to cringe somewhat.
But that's the beauty of it.
It bounces from one scenario to the next, with Nico's three songs like hazy oases to cling to, and eventually dissolves into the gloriously maddening cacophany of "European Son".
The perverse passion that makes up this album has branded it into my soul forever. It in no way sounds dated. Songs like "Venus in Furs" and "All Tomorrow's Parties", and of course the infamous description of the prison of "Heroin" addiction should engrain themselves in anyone.
In addition to this album, by the way, do check out Nico's work. She is so often overlooked as some kind of bane to this album, when in truth her brilliance was such that it had to overflow into a solo career.
Just start here, and let it engulf you with atmosphere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd most important album ever June 9 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This album is amazing in so many ways, it's hard to know where to begin. It's obvious from the get go that these guys aren't close to being excellent musicians. However, for what they wanted to do, it ended up being an advantage. The minimalistic approach adds to the primative atmosphere of the album and matches the stark lyrical content of the songs. You can almost smell the grime of New York streets while listening.
For Lou, it was all about expression, energy, and up-front emotion, not musical chops. What the band lacked in musicianship, Lou made up for through his masterfully poetic lyrics, dark as they were - just listen to the imagery of "Venus in Furs" or the rhythmic patterns of the lyrics in "Heroin" - even the nonsensical lyrics in "The Black Angel's Death Song" flow with amazing ease. Add the expiramental nature of the music (John's shrieking viola is a perfect fit on "Venus in Furs") and the gritty production and you've got the makings of a very origional, ground breaking, and seminal record. Also, the Velvet Underground were the first group that antagonized their audience in the name of art, embodying the attitude that would later be called punk. They were fired from their first gig for playing "The Black Angel's Death Song". There are far too few bands that have had the artistic integrity of this group, who, in spite of failure and meager living conditions, stayed true to their craft. As a result, their legacy still rings loudly today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Influential, but good music. Very good Music June 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
Okay just to let everyone know, I'm not really going to talk about how influential this album is. Everyone knows. I got this album because of it's huge hype in the punk (well more pre-punk) scene. It took a while for it to grow on me, but it's a great rock and roll album. The album was influential, but it was a good album too (duh). It has such a wide range of music styles. Psychedelic with "Venus In Furs", Classic rock with "I'm Waiting For the Man", and pop with "Sunday Morning". The Velvet Underground and Nico excites me when im listening to it. The music is really very good (excuse my redundancy but I'm making a point). At first I only like the Lou Reed songs and despised the Nico tracks. Now I've grown fond of the deep german woman's voice. If you figure that the album itself is an acquired taste, then Nico is a much more difficult taste to acquire. This album touches a lot of areas, excelling in them all. "Run Run Run" sounds like Chuck Berry on crack. The famous "Heroin" is not overrated like many people think. It's a somewhat chilling song that starts out slow and gets faster, then back to slow, then faster, and so on. It tells about drug addiction. I think that Lou Reed lets his writing abilities really shine during this song. "The Black Angel's Death Song" is disliked by many people. It isnt my favorite, but I like it. It makes me feel like I'm going somewhere...I dunno for sure. This is one of my favorite CD's I own. The music here is just amazing. Listen to it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Cover!
Count me among the many who have never understood the hype. This disc is pleasant enough. It fills the time in an unchallenging way with some interesting, complex tunes that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by eeyoore
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
My son was SO excited to receive this vinyl album and peel back that banana! Rock on! He's a rebel!
Published 20 months ago by katherinemariescoobydoo
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artistic Statement Of Iconic Grandeur! Immortal!
This is art rock at its rawest. The Velvet Underground, together with Nico, performing songs for Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, is a musical and artistic statement of... Read more
Published on May 5 2012 by brotagonist
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
An all-time classic. Nothing else the Velvet Underground did can touch this album. A band in peak-form making an album ahead of its time.
Published on Feb. 21 2012 by amwilso02
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic only appreciated years afterwards
As the 183rd review I'm not going to bore you with what songs I think stand out and how stupendously influential this album is now but let me toss this tidbit at you:... Read more
Published on May 26 2010 by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be your mirror
Heroin, sadomasochism, paranoia, hangovers, seductive ladies and a big banana on the cover. The Velvet Underground was unique in 1967 -- even if it never made big sales -- and... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2008 by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars The band that just doesn't get it.
So, here's the deal. What I assume the Velvet Underground was trying to accomplish with this album was to bring elements of dissonance and atonality that were strong in jazz and... Read more
Published on June 25 2007 by Concerned Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars The underground Sgt. Pepper
The "Banana" album came out the same year as The Beatles' landmark record, considered the most influential rock album of all time. Read more
Published on April 13 2007 by Allan Tong
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be your mirror
Heroin, sadomasochism, paranoia, hangovers, seductive ladies and a big banana on the cover. The Velvet Underground was unique in 1967 -- even if it never made big sales -- and... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2007 by E. A Solinas
2.0 out of 5 stars all myth...little music
most supporters of the VU seem impressed that this record has songs about bondage and drugs on it with a cover by Andy Warhol. so what? the question is, are the songs any good? Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by couchgrouch
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