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Velvet Underground Audio CD
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1. Candy Says
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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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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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Backing Vocals - Doug Yule, Lou Reed Bass, Organ - Doug Yule Guitar - Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison Lead Vocals, Written-By - Lou Reed Percussion - Maureen Tucker Vocals - Sterling Morrison

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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Album of the 60's June 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Seroiously. Sit down in your room and listen. The Rolling Stones and the Beatles got NOTHING after the Velvets made this masterpiece of pop & rock & roll. It's lucky that the Velvets got to release this one album in the final year of the 1960's (it happened to be the greatest period in music history). An easy runner up is the first Stooges record. It's a surprise that the Velvets made their best music surprisingly soon after losing their core member John Cale (of course he was busy producing a record I just mentioned earlier). The first two Velvet albums are essentials as well, but this album just has so much powerful song writing and the very rare moment in music history can you hear pain and pleasure draped in black & white. Can anyone not tear up upon hearing Moe Tucker sing "Afterhours?".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic. May 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a must own for classic rock fans. It is, in my opinion, one of the five greatest albums from the sixties. This is in no particular order, they are all five equally essential 1) Let It Bleed---The Rolling Stones 2) Bringing It All Back Home---Bob Dylan 3) Revolver---The Beatles 4) Highway 61 Revisited---Bob Dylan 5) The Velvet Underground---The Velvet Underground
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not one to bad mouth the Velvets April 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is album is stunning from top to bottom. They only had four official releases, so you might as well have all of them. It may be the best, it may be the fourth best, it doesn't matter. What makes them such an incredible force is that they have the capabilities to make a screeching noise album and follow it up with a lullaby album, and they both are better than anything you will find today. The control over the instruments should not be doubted, they are aware of their limits more than you are. Lyrically you couldn't wish for greater. Not Dylan or Young or Waits or Davies or Lennon or Springsteen or Billy Joel ever came up with a line better than, "Between thought and expression lies a lifetime" And for that reviewer who said "Murder Mystery" is the only flaw on the album, listen to it closer, it is a mystery and all of the elements are there, I've listened to that song hundreds of times and I still haven't heard half of it or figured it out. I'm not one for knocking a band as good as Velvet Underground, if you don't like music too noisy, this is the best one to get, if you do like noise, still get it, get this album, get this album, get it and listen to it and your world will be better for it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much Like Reed's Early Solo Work Oct. 8 2012
By Peter Gueckel TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another side of the Velvet Underground April 13 2007
Format:Audio CD
That could've been the title of their third album. With John Cale and his viola gone, the Velvets trade their electric guitars for acoustic and commit a beautiful suite of songs to record.

It's too easy to say this is Lou Reed & his backing band. The duelling guitars on the majestic What Goes On and Moe Tucker's spooky drumming on The Murder Mystery shatter that myth. Also credit newcomer Doug Yule for his delicate reading of the opener, Candy Says, about one of Andy Warhol's tranvestites.

Simply put, these are beautifully written songs and their understated production only enhances each melody and lyric. Even "rockers" like I'm Beginning To See the Light are simple and restrained. The finger-picking of Jesus elevates the song to a hymn. I'm Set Free features the most gorgeous guitar solo I've ever heard. Moe Tucker's sweet vocal on the closer, After Hours, recalls Ringo's Good Night on The White Album (released just weeks before this record).

All in all, this is a hopeful record, never saccharine, but affirming and sincere. It's like the Velvets woke up after the speed-induced frenzy of their previous record, WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT and, with clear heads, picked up acoustic guitars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Velvety Feb. 19 2005
Format:Audio CD
After the unfortunate departure of John Cale, the Velvet Underground had a musical revamp -- their third album, "The Velvet Underground" is smoother and less gritty. Stripped of the shock value, the best of the Velvet Underground shines through -- great musical skills and beautiful songwriting.

That change is evident from the very start, "Candy Says," which is sort of the musical musings of transsexual Candy Darling. Rather than playing this for shock value, the way the Velvets did earlier -- see songs like "Heroin" and "Venus in Furs" -- it's soft, sweet and a bit poignant, ending with "Maybe when I'm older/What do you think I'd see/If I could walk away from me."

That mellower tone sets the stage for the rest of the album, which relies on poetic lyrics and strong music -- they no longer sing about S&M and drugs, but about self-examination and redemtpion. The Velvets' rock sound is less jagged and more laid-back, and they even take a foray into twangy country music in "Some Kinda Love."

A few songs hint at the earlier work that the Velvets did, with tambourines and blurred, high vocals from Lou Reed. But can you imagine the Velvet Underground, in their first album, ever singing a non-satirical song about Jesus Christ, as they do in one haunting ballad on here? I certainly can't, and it seems to be a part of the pensive, self-examining mood that permeates this album.

The one exception is "The Murder Mystery." It's literally impossible to understand the "right voice" and "left voice" speaking in this song. It's interesting, but completely unintelligible. However, this is amply made up for in the mature instrumentation and lyrics; while Doug Yule was not as great as John Cale, he does a good job with the organ.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - severely underrated gem
Velvet Underground (1969.) Velvet Underground's third album.
The Velvet Underground released their first album in the mid-late sixties, and disbanded in the early seventies. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Rocker_Man
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh look, Lou Reed on heroin...
Oh, their finest hour, eh? This album is so full of soulless and bland material, its sickening. I hate Pale Blue Eyes with a passion. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Tyla A. Healton
4.0 out of 5 stars The unofficial beginning of Lou Reed's solo career
The Velvet Underground was the followup to their second album, the excellent White Light/White Heat. Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by John Alapick
5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece
This is a really beautiful collection of songs. Most are slow and meloncholy which is why I really like this album. Read more
Published on March 6 2004 by The Patriarch
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
If you aren't moved when you listen to songs like "Candy Says" and "Pale Blue Eyes", you have a heart made out of stone. Some of Lou Reed's best songwriting. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Michelle Donnelly
2.0 out of 5 stars How Does It Feel to be Loved?--This is Easy Listening.
The Velvet Underground, the Velvet Underground's third studio album, is vastly different from their second, White Light/White Heat. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by Nobody!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Velvet Underground's second best
I almost always find myself saying after I listen to the Velvet Underground's self titled 3rd album, that it is their best. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Damon Navas-Howard
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