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Loaded

Velvet Underground Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption Song May 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
Words and terms I often use to describe how I feel about music these days are usually these: bland, uninspired, derivative, empty, unfeeling and homogenically subversive to the point of unironic conformity. Compounding these problems facing the creation of rock are the two antitheses of musical theory (those filled with eltitist highbrows, who in looking down from ivory towers may even be more concerned with genres and buzzwords than songs) and musical practice (those who, in a libertarian manner, provide only the bare amount of sustenance for a musical appetite to be satiated, leaving listeners who are inquisitive for more than what they are simply given behind). This exclusionary attitude portrays rock as either an imagistic, crystallized art or a simple, sentimental way to enjoy oneself, but very rarely is rock seen as both these things. Add into this mix an amblivolous television media concerned with only rock's periphery and rarely rock music ITSELF, I am finding it harder and harder to believe that the supposed juggernaut that pretends it is rock, that social instigater, the residency of poets and dreamers and the unifier of peoples can maintain its dwindling relevancy. Basically, rock music sounds like it is becoming scared. In this environment, the modern listener is invariably jaded and alienated to the point of cliche (under which I probably fall). Whenever I feel like this, that rock is an anarchic musical fossil devoid of any gifts to offer, I listen to "Sweet Jane". With the very first angelic chimes leading into Lou Reed's cocky strut to the final hallowed refrain, all of rock's putrid crass commercial sins are absolved, its dogmas destroyed, its alienating walls crumble and rock and roll, encapsulated in four beautiful, transecendent, perfect minutes, is fully redeemed. And for that I will always be grateful. That is what Loaded means to me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been better. July 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After listening to their previous three records, I was glad to finally hear this album as part of the Peel Slowly box set. It certainly isn't inoffensive; now matter how commercial the Velvets ever got, that adjective is not something that would describe them. But it is somewhat neutered. Not because of new drummer Billy Yule, who is far better than Moe Tucker, by the way, but simply the album doesn't have enough strong songs and lackluster production.
I needn't restate what virtually every other reviewer has said: "Sweet Jane" and "Rock 'n Roll" are classics. 'Nuff said. "Cool it Down," "Lonesome Cowboy Bill," and "I Found a Reason" are very underrated tunes in the VU cannon. "New Age," "Who Loves the Sun," and "Oh!Sweet Nuthin'" are good, but rather overrated. "Train 'Round the Bend" and "Head Held High" are mediocre throwaways.
Overall, a listenable album with two stone cold classics ("Sweet Jane" sounds even better on the Peel Slowly box set in its full-length version) and a few other good tunes. But it's not a rock 'n roll classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Framed May 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album has the inexplicable experience of being labeled a flop by VU-philes. The main reason I can imagine is that it diverted from the typical progressive-alternative-punk genre that had been laid down in the previous three albums.
But I can't see blaming it all on Doug Yule. Yes, my loyalties lie with John Cale, but no one lambasts "The Velvet Underground" (3rd album, 1st with Yule) as being a flop.
Back on track, this is a good album, and it is filled with some catchy songs that are somewhat upbeat. The most notable Reed creations are "Sweet Jane" and "Rock 'N' Roll", which are presented on the album....Sweet Jane in it's full (and only satisfactory) form.
Those who have watched "High Fidelity" or listened to its soundtrack will recognize "Who Loves The Sun" and "Oh, Sweet Nuthin!", and both are good songs. "Who Loves The Sun" is a giddly little tune, but is surprisingly catchy. The latter is a good "sad" song (it was used as such in the film), and has a good solo on Sterling's part towards the end.
Some say the middle songs on the album are "filler", and at a first listen, they may seem so. But after listening more and more, you will, in a way that only Lou Reed's songs can, be drawn into them. "New Age" has grown on me, as well as "Lonesome Cowboy Bill".
But the most impressive "filler" track has to be "I've Found A Reason". Patterned after the old '50's rythym and blues songs, it is deceptively harmonic, soothing, yet rocking at the same time, and features great writing, both harmonically and lyrically, on Reed's part.
So, it doesn't deserve it's "crap" rating many give it. But, which version to buy?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Velvets Album Dec 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded - The Velvet Underground - 1970
The Velvet Underground is often cited as an incredibly influential group from the late 60's, much can be said about their legendary debut in 1967, showcasing dark themes and an... Read more
Published 19 months ago by SamusAranOwns
5.0 out of 5 stars Has Wide-Reaching Appeal. Get it!
With this album, the Velvet Underground have successfully transitioned to a more accessible song format. Lou Reed continued in this vein as a solo artist. Read more
Published 23 months ago by brotagonist
4.0 out of 5 stars Fully loaded
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. Read more
Published on March 29 2007 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars VU go Classic Rock
"Sweet Jane" and Rock and Roll" are the popular tunes here, "Who Loves the Sun" and "Oh, Sweet Nuthin" are just as good-but basically this is the... Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Carl Slim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good. Why isn't this remastered?
This is a great album, but can anyone tell me why this isn't remastered like the first 3 VU albums?
Published on June 27 2004 by Musical Mayhem
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the top ten rock n roll records of all time
ok so vu is known mostly for vu and nico but i think this is one of there best all around albums i mean i can listen to it from start to finish over and over agian lou reed is... Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by mark
2.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Just Call Yourselves Underground!
The Velvet Underground's last studio album, Loaded, is a sorry example of what presumption and pomposity can do to a band. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003 by Nobody!
5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded Indeed!
This record has always seemed to divide many velvets fans. To some, its the band's greatest achievement, to other's, its a failed attempt to pander to mainstream tastes. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003 by Patrick W. Schubert
5.0 out of 5 stars What comes is better than what came before.
Initially I hated this album. I bought it after thoroughly enjoying 'the velvet underground and nico' and was expecting more songs like heroin and venus in furs, unfortunatly, i... Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by "drakenoi"
5.0 out of 5 stars Not most peoples first choice..but my favourite Velvet Album
Possibly irritated by the fact that although their previous albums had be lauded by the Critics & considered a highly influential set of albums (The Velvet Underground & Nico,... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by fetish_2000
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