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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'|
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.
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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Despite what Lou said ...... I really hate the extended versions of sweet jane & new age.Published 1 month ago by ukROBKO
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 morePublished on Jan. 31 2013 by SamusAranOwns
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 morePublished on Oct. 6 2012 by brotagonist
After listening to their previous three records, I was glad to finally hear this album as part of the Peel Slowly box set. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
"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 morePublished on July 4 2004 by Carl Slim
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