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  • Audio CD (March 20 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cotillion
  • ASIN: B000002LVB
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
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1. Who Loves The Sun
2. Sweet Jane
3. Rock And Roll
4. Cool It Down
5. New Age
6. Head Held High
7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
8. I Found A Reason
9. Train Round The Bend
10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'

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This is the one with Sweet Jane; Rock & Roll; Oh! Sweet Nuthin'; New Age , and more of the last tracks by an iconic rock band.

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While John Cale certainly gave the first couple of Velvet Underground albums a signature sound, his departure enabled Lou Reed to do exactly what he does best: write kick-ass, stripped-down rock songs. On Loaded his talent comes to full fruition. Who can imagine a world without "Sweet Jane" and "Rock & Roll," arguably two of the greatest rock tunes ever penned? The brilliance of those songs is so bright, it's easy to overlook a couple of other Reed masterpieces: the tender, epic discourse of "New Age" (which highlights his assured sense of poetic wordplay: "And when you kissed Robert Mitchum / Gee, but I thought you'd never catch him!") and the extended sweet blues romp of "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'." On Loaded the Velvet Underground--who before had hit the sonic ceiling experimenting with shattered chords, feedback, screeching violas, and what Reed once claimed was "the fastest guitar playing ever"--eschew the dark side of noise for clarity. Check out the ringing chime that begins "Who Loves the Sun" and the sterling (no pun intended) guitar riff that drives "Rock & Roll." This is not to say that the old ragged punch of the original Velvets is completely gone. Moe Tucker still beats a mean set of skins; there's no stopping Sterling Morrison's train-wreck rhythm guitar on "Train Round the Bend"; and "Head Held High" achieves near-"Sister Ray" moments of madness. --Tod Nelson


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This is the last real Velvets record and some people have even written this one off because John Cale is gone and Moe Tucker is not on every track (she was pregnant wil they were recording the album). This album contains two Velvet classic, Sweet Jane and Rock n Roll. But also includes great songs like "Who loves the Sun". This album is way more poppy then the first three. Not like the Monkies but definatly pop. However Reed's dark lyrics are still here.
The collection is divided over 5 CD's and 1 DVD. The CD's break down as follows. Disc 1) is the remastered original album. Disc 2 is a promotional Mono version of the album. Disc 3 is demo's, Early versions and alt takes. Disc 4 is the real surprise it is a remastered "Live At Max's Kansas City" and the sound is the best version of this CD I have heard. Plus it's a great show. The 5th CD is live from Philadelpha from 1970. The sound on this disc leaves a lot to be desired but historically it's great. Last but not least the DVD which presents the album in 5.1. First of, for the record I love music in 5.1but it dosen't work for all recordings. Where this sounds good you can pick up a lot distortion. Still worth it because if you don't like the 5.1 mix you can always listen to the high res transfer of the original two track master.
This package comes in a beautiful hard covered book just like the first three. Atlantic / Rhino did an excellent job with these sets. Showing the Velvets the respect the deserve. It's wonderful having such comprehensive box sets for these four seminal albums. My only complant I'd they released the first two album on Blu ray pure audio and theis one in DVD hi res audio but skipped the third record.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 29 2007
Format: Audio CD
There's no point at all in introducing the Velvet Underground -- really, the first edgy alt-rock band in the world doesn't need it. And "Loaded," while not the best album of their career, is a solid (if slightly passionless) example of Lou Reed and the Velvets rockin' out.

The sound is bright and chirrupy, despite the downbeat tone of the songwriting ("You're over the hill right now, and you're looking for love"), opening with an oxymoron -- bright music, and songwriting like "Who loves the sun/Who cares that it makes plants grow/Who cares what it does/Since you broke my heart."

With that strong track as a springboard, Reed and Co. launch into dreamy pop, country-rock and strong rock'n'roll (also the name of one song). Most of them are amazing, from the eerie reverb to the shattering riffs. However, "Loaded" suffers from a few too many country-ish rockers, including "Lonesome Cowboy Bill" which is the most annoying song that the Velvets ever produced.

The fact that "Loaded" has good songs at all is especially amazing when you consider that the band was cracking all around. Many major members -- John Cale, for one -- were gone, and the inspiration was waning. But they managed to compile a solid swan song, before fading off into rock legend land.

It's a solid effort. With the departure of Cale, Lou Reed was the main songwriter, and his talents are evident in most songs here, but he seems to have lost a certain tightness in his work -- some of the songs ramble a little. He doesn't push any boundaries or write anything terribly wrenching, but the songs are well-written.

Musically, Reed could not be faulted; he does some truly brilliant work near the beginning. Unfortunately Billy Yule, the brother of bassist Doug Yule, does only passable drumming.
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Although "The Velvet Underground and Nico," "White Light/White Heat," and "The Velvet Underground" all receive due critical acclaim, VU's swansong, 1970's "Loaded," is actually their finest album. Whereas the band's first three albums dabbled in obtuse guitar freakouts, lo-fi folk, and pure garage rock, "Loaded" goes all-out baroque--it's loaded with swooning harmony vocals, ornate melodies, and some of Lou Reed's most complex lyrics and vocal performances. The relatively accessible and straight-forward nature of this album has long drawn the ire of many who are too staunchly "indie" to acknowledge brilliant conventional pop music; nevertheless, "Loaded" is a masterpiece of songcraft and eclecticism. If I had to chose between "The Velvet Underground and Nico" with its angular noise and "Loaded" with its unforgottable melodies, I would certainly pick the latter. Starting with "Who Loves The Sun?," "Loaded" jumps from one pop gem to another--if this indeed the "sellout record" that so many purport it to be, then it is undeniably the best sellout record of all-time. "Sweet Jane" makes wondrous use of a three-chord progression, "Rock N Roll" is garage rock at its purest, "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" is an epic, sprawling guitar anthem that beat Lynyrd Skynyrd to the punch by almost two years, and "I Found A Reason," shockingly enough, was once sampled by the trip-hop ensemble Massive Attack (!), such is the influence of the Velvets. This album is crisp and smooth, retaining the Velvets' knack for artsy pop while also adopting a more melodic approach that romances the ear. Baroque, hummable, and blackly cool, this is The Velvet Underground's definitive statement.
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