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Loaded

Velvet Underground Audio CD
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1. Who Loves The Sun
2. Sweet Jane
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded - The Velvet Underground - 1970 Jan. 31 2013
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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 unorthodox delivery. Now jump ahead 3 years and we arrive at their forth studio album Loaded. The "significance" of this album usually revolves around the fact that this was Lou Reeds last album with the underground before he left to pursue his solo work, however he still made significant contributions to this album. Take the two mega classics "Sweet Jane" and "Rock & Roll", some of the Undergrounds most notable work. With Lou out of the picture for most of the album, John Cale is left to take command, him and the rest of the underground are able to create a colourfull and diverse record. The songs "New Age", "I Found a Reason", and "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" are beautifull rock ballads that more then make up for Lou's absence. Loaded is certainly a classic album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has Wide-Reaching Appeal. Get it! Oct. 6 2012
By Peter Gueckel TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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. Many fans lament the laying to rest of the earlier Velvet Underground, with it's intoxicating distortion and drone, but this album can boast a wide-reaching appeal, with classic numbers like Sweet Jane, Rock & Roll and Ocean. This set includes an alternate album of early versions and 13 bonus tracks that add significantly to the album. Get it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fully loaded March 29 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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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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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 5 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 Framed
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... Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Evan McCausland
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 2 2004 by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Velvets Album
Although "The Velvet Underground and Nico," "White Light/White Heat," and "The Velvet Underground" all receive due critical acclaim, VU's swansong,... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by Sierra Wilson
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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