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|8. One Of These Days|
|9. Andy's Chest|
|10. I'm Sticking With You|
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is essentially the legendary 'lost' Velvet Underground album. It further develops the style of it's predecessor, Velvet Underground, and approaches it's successor,... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2012 by brotagonist
The Velvet Underground's "lost" album "VU" is a bit of a forgotten child, overshadowed by better-known albums like "Velvet Underground and Nico" and "White Light White Heat. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2004 by EA Solinas
Some of these tracks are as good as any song released on their original albums. In fact, VU is itself a great album even though it's not intended to be the definitive "Lost Album"... Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Rich Latta
I have just a small point to add to what's been said. In my humble opinion, based on 25 years of assiduous listening, Foggy Notion is one of the ten greatest song rock songs ever. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by TonyD
The tracks on this album were recorded between Velvet Underground's third album and Loaded, their fourth. Many of the songs later surfaced on Lou Reed solo albums. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by Peter Uys
First of all, this is not the "lost" Velvet Underground album. (I think the liner notes actually say that almost verbatim. Read morePublished on June 14 2003
(3 1/2 stars) The Velvet Underground was one of the best bands ever. Period. "The Velvet Underground & Nico" is one of my all time favorites, and the self-titled... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003 by Blackberries
I know its heresy to say a Velvet Undergorund albumm is anything except amazing but I'm going to anyway, people need to know the truth!!! Read morePublished on July 31 2002