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  • Audio CD (May 7 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000002G7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Candy Says
2. What Goes On
3. Some Kinda Love
4. Pale Blue Eyes
5. Jesus
6. Beginning To See The Light
7. I'm Set Free
8. That's The Story Of My Life
9. The Murder Mystery
10. After Hours

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Cale was out, Yule was in, but all that mattered was that Reed came up with some of the most stirring songs of his career on this 1969 LP. The rockers What Goes On and Beginning to See the Light join the beautiful Pale Blue Eyes; Jesus; I'm Set Free , and more essential VU!

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Released in 1969 to an almost total lack of critical acclaim or consumer interest, the Velvet Underground's third album may well be the finest record of the band's career. Without the sonic terrorism of The Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat or the ill-conceived commercial concessions that marred Loaded, the album's songs are free to stand on their own merit. And stand they do: "What Goes On" and "Beginning to See the Light" may be the finest flat-out rockers in the band's catalogue, while "Pale Blue Eyes", "Jesus", and "Candy Says" are some of the most delicately gorgeous songs Lou Reed has ever penned. There's no evidence here of any of the psychedelic effects and hippie sloganeering that marked most late-1960s rock releases, which is probably why the record still holds up today. --Dan Epstein

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on March 31 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Velvet Underground was the followup to their second album, the excellent White Light/White Heat. While that album was almost completely dominated by loud and noisy tracks, with many played with reckless abandon, this album is almost the complete opposite. This is also the first album the band recorded without John Cale and his vocals and musicianship, particularly his viola playing, are certainly missed here. With Cale's departure, Lou Reed claimed nearly total control of the band and many of the tracks here point to much of the introspective work he'd perform in his solo career.
Having said that, this is still a very strong album. Many of the tracks here are calm and soothing and the harder rocking songs have much more restraint than on their previous releases. The opening track "Candy Says" is the band at their most mellow and Doug Yule's soft vocals add to the mood. Other softer tracks such as "Jesus", "I'm Set Free", and "That's The Story Of My Life" are also very strong. "Pale Blue Eyes" is probably the best track here and one of the best ballads that Reed has ever recorded. Listening to these tracks, particularly the excellent harmonizing on "Jesus" and Reed's emotional vocals on "I'm Set Free", it's hard to believe this is the same band that recorded "Heroin" and "White Light/White Heat." The tracks "What Goes On" and "Beginning To See The Light" are both strong rockers and the guitar sound here points to much of the music that dominated college radio in the 1980's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 19 2003
Format: Audio CD
After the fierce White Light/White Heat, this third album saw the Velvet Underground in a calmer, more contemplative mood and exploring their softer side which first surfaced on songs like Sunday Morning and I'll Be Your Mirror on the first album.
The exceptions are What Goes On with its shimmering guitars and Beginning To See The Light with its urgent rock riff and almost Stones-like flavour. Some Kinda Love is softer although there is still that unique driving sense of nervouness in the rhythm.
The gem of the album is Pale Blue Eyes, where Reed surpasses himself as a poet in the intimate, evocative images. This song also has one of the Velvets' most gripping melodies and the delivery is perfect. A gentle ballad with a wistful feel, Pale Blue Eyes must be one of the most beautiful songs of all time.
There are plenty of beautiful ballads like Jesus, I'm Set Free and That's The Story Of My Life. The Murder Mystery consists of spoken and sung parts over a brooding backing that becomes dissonant toward the end. This classic album concludes with the playful acoustic number Afterhours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heavy Theta on Feb. 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
The recent release of the deluxe edition of VU & Nico (with stereo and mono mixes) tends to reinforce the fact that this is actually the one Velvet album that you might be really be tempted to own two different discs. Of course this has all to do with the fact that the wonderful box set comes with the version of their third album that Lou remixed himself in order to focus on singer and lyrics. That was the version originally released as lp.
The disc offered here is the first mix, before Lou changed things, which presents the group as a standard rock band, with guitars and rhythm vying equally for attention with the singer. Sterling noted that this mix has the same dynamics as a good Rolling Stones' album. The music, of course, is beyond sublime. There may be no album ever recorded that has been so influential on subsequent music. This is the very blueprint for adult rock and roll.
Personally, I tend to favor Lou's mix. Just like Dylan, or maybe Leonard Cohen, these songs are truely poetic and deserve particular focus. And we heard this kind of arrangement before on White Heat/White Light with the Gift and Lady Godiva's Operation, with the instruments churning away in the background during those gruesome little stories. With far stronger material, this arrangement works brilliantly on the subsequent effort.
But either way, you can't go wrong here. This record ranks right up there with Revolver, Blonde on Blonde, Smile, and Axis: Bold as Love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brotagonist TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 8 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With the loss of John Cale, Lou Reed became the major voice in the band. It is audible, the album sounding much like Reed's early solo work. Although it boasts some great tracks, in particular, What Goes On, which Bryan Ferry covered on Bride Stripped Bare, Some Kinda Love, Pale Blue Eyes and Beginning to See the Light, it is not as strong as the succeeding albums. Worthwhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ty on Aug. 14 2014
Format: LP Record
This album represents the morning after the party, contrary the VU's first two album which rock a little harder. The absence of John Cale is evident in the fact that this album is less experimental art rock, and more singer/songwriter ballads. Without John Cale, VU losses much of its spirit, but Lou Reed's talents are amplified. Some of Lou Reed's best lyrics are present on this record.
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