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Vu Best of

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  • Audio CD (May 1 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000008LZA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. I Can't Stand It
2. Stephanie Says
3. She's My Best Friend
4. Lisa Says
5. Ocean
6. Foggy Notion
7. Temptation Inside Your Heart
8. One Of These Days
9. Andy's Chest
10. I'm Sticking With You

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Format: Audio CD
This 'lost' album really seems to divide lovers of the Velvets (which includes ALL sensible people, doesn't it?). I'm firmly in the camp that consider it one of their favourites while not really knowing why. In 1985, when it was finally released, I was 17 and all I owned by this band was a vinyl double album compilation. I bought this and was totally blown away.
I remember playing 'I'm Sticking With You' to friends and they were even more bemused than when I played them Sister Ray - that I took as indication of its status as a classic.
For all that us Velvet fans rave about the banana album and White Light White Heat - this is their most approachable work, while still retaining enough edginess to prepare people for the more full-on early works. The dark subject matter of Heroin and Venus in Furs reappears on 'Stephanie Says', a slow beatiful melody about a woman's self-worth. The sheer gleeful insanity of Lady Godiva's Operation and The Gift takes a bow on 'Andy's Chest' and 'Temptation in my Heart' both bongo-driven into frenzy that would bring a smile to anyone's face. The epic drawn out 'Ocean' harks back to European Son and Sister Ray but having wiped its feet before entering. I could go on about the country influence on 'One of These Days' or the fantastic driving rock-and-roll of 'Foggy Notion', the sheet friendliness and laugh-aloud amiability of 'She's My Best Friend' ("Here comes Mulberry Jane / she made jam when she came. / Somebody cut off her feet, / now jelly rolls in the street." - no, I don't know what he means either, but I still love it). But I won't, you can listen to the samples on this site. As someone else says, had most of this album been combined with the very best of Loaded, we would have had arguably the best Velvet Underground album of all.
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Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard this tape, I was finishing up my studies, or lack thereof, in college. I fell in love with this music. I had been listening to Guns n'Roses (in the closet), Frank Sinatra's older stuff, Echo and the Bunnymen, Elvis Costello, and a bunch of other crap that I can't recall . . . and I had a most beloved copy of Abbey Hoffman's "Steal This Book", which an acrid house guest from San Francisco "lifted", in between dropping acid with my roommate and eating everything in our fridge. I know, it all sounds charming, but what does this have to do with VU? Well, nothing, really, except to say that this music invokes such memories and all of those moments, lost in the back of my head, behind the shopping lists, the girl scout meetings, the routine, when you are a certian age and have no routine. Oh I'm not longing to go back, just remembering with a bit of fondness . . .
Anyway, this music, Lou Reed, it's brilliant, I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to and have sent I'm Sticking With You to various love interests, if they "got it" we were set,if not, it was a swift goodbye.
The music is seemingly simple, but tuneful and smart and raw-ish and Lou Reed-y, which means the man sings from his soul, or at least it sure sounds like it. His voice is amazing. I call this a classic and suggest you at least check it out.
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At the time I discovered this disc (the vinyl), I was also listening to Deep Purple ("Made In Japan") and Led Zeppelin ("The Song Remains The Same"). I was curious and was liking a lot of rock music. But when I heard this band for the first time with "VU", a collection of unreleased recordings, I heard the storm of the rock band of my dreams. Until then my fave band was the Beatles. But the Velvet... Wow! What a sound, what a charm, what a style. Just the opening track remains the best rock sound I have ever heard. Lou's voice is perfect: I'm still wondering how a voice can be so New-Yorkish (if we can say that)! Ten songs, fantastic rocks ("I Can't stand It", "Foggy Notion"), charming tunes ("Stephanie Says", "I'm Sticking With You"), original stuff ("One Of These Days", "Temptation Inside Your Heart")... None weak track. I purchased the original previous albums after, the first three are works of genius. But curiously, I find "VU" better. If one record shows The Velvet Underground's genius, it's this one - the more so as it remains its most accessible for every rock fan - my testimony.
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Proving once again that the greatest rock band of all time (yeah, you heard) could throw away something and have it be a million times more interesting than just about any other band. Not only that, but these songs, made for Verve before Lou and the Factory made the jump to Atlantic for 'Loaded' and before Maureen took her maternity leave, are really, really good, even when viewed in the whole of the Velvets' body of work. It's a shame they weren't released until the 1980's, but, hey, a rock fan discovering it in 2002 has nothing to complain about.
The gorgeous "Stephanie Says", along with its sister songs "Lisa Says" and "Candy Says" (on VU III) provided the template for twee misfit character sketches which gave Stuart Murdoch a career. "I Can't Stand It", "She's My Best Friend" and especially the wonderful, incendiary (*cough* yeah, I've seen that movie, too) "Foggy Notion" prove that while Lou Reed may have been adored by generations of frail, white indie boys and post-punks, musically the man owed everything he knew to blues and motown.
The last few tracks on the album are bewildering because they're not so much *great* VU songs, but are nevertheless among their most quirky and unforgettable. "I'm Sticking With You" is a warm and fuzzy duet between drummer Mo Tucker and Reed. "Andy's Chest" is the most innocent, weird song they ever recorded, and doesn't take itself too seriously, a misstep that Reed committed when he re-recorded it on 'Transformer' a few years later.
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