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Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] [Box set, Original recording remastered, Best of]

Velvet Underground Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. I'm Waiting For The Man
2. It's Just Too Much
3. What Goes On
4. I Can't Stand It
5. Some Kinda Love
6. Foggy Notion
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Follow The Leader
2. White Light/White Heat
3. Venus In Furs
4. Heroin
5. Sister Ray
Disc: 3
1. Rock And Roll
2. New Age
3. Over You
4. Black Angel's Death Song
5. I'm Waiting For The Man
6. Ride Into The Sun
See all 7 tracks on this disc

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Despite the black market vibe of the title (Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes), these grainy but historically significant live Velvet Underground recordings--taken from poorly attended shows in San Francisco during November 1969 (the post-John Cale and pre-Loaded era)--have never been made available before, illegally or otherwise. Furthermore--and unlike most other bootleggers--avid young fan and tape recorder operative Robert Quine (an apprentice disciple of Lou Reed's savage guitar style and a future founding member of punk combo Richard Hell and the Voidoids) didn't have to suffer the personal indignity of standing furtively at the back of the hall with a microphone stuffed down his trousers. Quine's recordings--initially made on cassette tape but later (and rather fortuitously) transferred to the more durable reel-to-reel format--were made with the band's blessing and enthusiasm but have remained hidden away ever since. Consisting of three CDs, the Bootleg Series Volume 1 set is further forensic proof, if needed, that the Velvet's seedy, dissonant, lurid, violent, anarchic pop was well out-of-step with the times but has remained decidedly in-step ever since. Specifically, these shows capture (courtesy of the mute audience philistinism) some kind of culture-clash between the West Coast's "flower in your hair" optimism and the Velvets' "spike into my vein" subterranean nihilism. With sheer bloody-mindedness, the Velvets' treat their audience to 38 soundboard-splintering, pornographic minutes of "Sister Ray", as well as kooky School Concert takes on "After Hours" and "I'm Sticking with You" and a "Venus in Furs" which--in the absence of John Cale's whiplash viola glissandos--creeps and crawls with Doug Yule's spooked Doors' organ. As Jonathan Richman once enquired, "How did they make that sound, Velvet Underground?". Dunno. But they did. And things have never been the same since. --Kevin Maidment

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Close to four hours of vintage Velvets taped in 1969 by future Void-oid (and Lou Reed) guitarist Robert Quine! Quine used to follow the band around and tape their shows for them on cassette; he then transferred the best of their performances to reel-to-reel tape, and it is those performances-all but one unreleased-that comprise this bargain-priced 3-CD set. Some intriguing titles here, including a 17-minute tune called Follow the Leader , an 11-minute Ride into the Sun and 38- and 24-minute versions of Sister Ray . Quite a find!

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4.0 out of 5 stars A box set worth having June 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
These are three live concerts recorded by uber fan Robert Quine at a few of the Velvet's concerts. The fact that these still exist despite the sound quality ( which isn't that bad really ) is remarkable and is probably one of those records that just has to be bought
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound June 17 2004
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Given that these tapes are still here is something of a miracle - the sound is reasonable. I wasn't expecting perfect quality but it's close enough ( and given these are 30 years old that's pretty good going ).
I don't need to say anymore about this - I'll let the rest do the talking
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These recordings are simply incredible and I would say essential for anyone who considers themselves rabid VU fans. I've seen other reviews whining about lo-fi bootleg quality blah blah blah and I would contend that these "reviewers" are nothing but VU dabblers and dilettantes whose opinions mean nothing.Yes, they are live recordings, but if you've got a semi-decent stereo and play'em loud it'll blow the top of your head off. The different versions of Vu classics presented here will give you a whole new perspective on how really stupendous this line-up was. If you don't like it you're not a fan and I'll fistfight you damn it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In case you don't know who Robert Quine is..... March 28 2004
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I've not had the chance to listen to this yet, so pay no attention to my rating (it had to be done to get this out on the site) but to give you guys some context about the other reviews on this page: Robert Quine is/was a punk rock guitar pioneer, founding member (w/Fred Maher) of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, an avowed huge fan of Lou Reed's guitar work, and ultimately, a featured guitarist for Reed. Quine, who believe it or not is now 61 years of age, champions a beautifully distorted sound out of his instrument and is probably best known (along with Richard Lloyd) for his labors on Matthew Sweet's breakthrough work in the early '90s. In other words, Quine is not just any other Lou Reed fan....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transports you back in time Oct. 30 2003
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This is as raw and real as it can get. Quite possibly the most versatile band of all time. This is absolutely wonderful and only someone like Lou Reed would have the balls to allow something of this sound quality to be released because he knows that the soul rips right through the sound quality and overpowers it on every single track. This is like the sound quality of the garage bands that you grew up with when you were young who would tape their sessions, only this one is from one of the greatest, if not the greatest band of all time. This is a must to own and anyone complaining about the sound quality would do well to insert a q-tip in both ears and violently shove in and out. In and out, try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars glorious, glorious, and oh nice indeed too Sept. 16 2003
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I was pretty hesitant about grabbing this: Doug Yule all the way through (ick! Mark me as a Cale-ist please) and 1969 mostly... but PHEW!
3 Sister Rays will do wonders for your sinus problems. The ultimate cleaning the house music - "Follow the Leader" sinks in nicely. The 3rd discs's improvised whistle-laden take of "Waiting" is downright narcotic.
Perfect driving around on a sunny day music, grinning after getting dumped by your girlfriend. "... and it was allllllllrrrrrigggghtttttttttt."
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3.0 out of 5 stars These are called bootlegs for a reason. June 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
And that reason is that the recording quality usually stinks atrociously-the Quine Tapes of the Velvet Underground concerts just before the release of Loaded are no exception. The technology is out there to clean messes like this up (listen to King Crimson's Epitaph box set and prepare for an epiphany in digital transfer and cleanup), so the real tragedy is the missed opportunity to get the message out that the Velvet Underground was, bar none, the most original American band of their time. Still, for the fan, this 3 disc set will be a sweet deal. Included are not one, not two, but THREE savage versions of Sister Ray-or Sister Rave-up . . . you'll get the drift once you listen. You will also be treated to a pre-Loaded version of Rock and Roll, sans killer guitar solo; the same can be said of What Goes On, longer but inferior to the studio version and the live version on the five disc boxed-set. Other stand-outs, however are Foggy Notion, which just sizzles on disc one, and the one-two attack of Follow the Leader and White Light White Heat on disc two-these two songs together run over 27 minutes, still not as long as the Sister Ray version that closes the disc!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does rock'n'roll get any purer than this? Nov. 14 2002
By mjkvol
Format:Audio CD
I don't think it's a stretch to say that with better sound we would be talking about one of the great live albums ever, if not the greatest. The Quine Tapes captures an awesome band at their peak (notwithstanding the absence of John Cale) on three discs worth of classic material, recorded by an avid fan (Quine) on a hand-held cassette recorder!!
The more you listen, the less the sound seems to matter. Several tunes are given definitive performances here, including a raucous 10-minute "White Light/White Heat", versions of "New Age", and "Ride Into the Sun" that conclude with long, intense solos, and a 38-minute(!) reading of "Sister Ray".
I resent some of the comments I've read here comparing this set to bands like the Dead or the Allmans. THAT is endless, boring noodling. THIS is the purest essence of what rock'n'roll is supposed to be!
If you're new to the band, it's still a good idea to start with the four studio albums. But if you're a fan, this is an absolute must-own. While it would be wonderful to have these recordings with perfect sound, we should consider ourselves fortunate that Robert Quine had the foresight to preserve these tapes, and thankful to him for sharing them with us.
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