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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000008LZA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Dec 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
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." But that doesn't mean it isn't as good -- it's a mixture of the enchanting and the gritty and raunchy, and who knows why it wasn't released along with the others.

It opens with the slow-burning rock rhythms of "Can't Stand It," but switches tempo with the delicate, ethereal "Stephanie Says," one of the prettiest little songs the Velvet Underground ever produced, especially with that haunting viola in the background. Nothing else on "VU" is like it, which makes it all the more striking.

Elsewhere, the Velvet Underground stretches its wings a bit with Southern-fried rock'n'roll, complete with an exaggerated drawl. Then there's the intentionally silly "Temptation Inside Your Heart," where Lou Reed breaks off and starts chatting with someone else in mid-song. And finally, a sweeping soundscape in "Ocean" that rises and swells like the waves.

The Velvet Underground was the grandfather of modern indie rock, dipping into darkness and grandeur when other bands were just singing about the same ol' same ol'. Even now, bands get influenced by them -- the Dandy Warhols, most obviously. But it's almost impossible to capture the spirit of the Velvets, especially their mix of naughty fun and musical genius.

Your solid guitar riffs are backed up by some equally solid percussion, especially when Reed decides to tinker with his style (like the Southern twang). John Cale only appears briefly, but he provides an exquisite viola melody for the second song, and a subtle, driving piano moves forward through songs like "I'm Sticking With You.
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Format: Audio CD
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" of songs recorded for MGM in 1969. Note: some of these songs have received greatly improved mixes on the PEEL SLOWLY AND SEE box set.
"I Can't Stand It" - a driving, slightly off-kilter rocker. (...) *****
"Stephanie Says" - a delicate little beauty, truly one of their best. Features exquisite viola from John Cale, pristine vibes and a sweetly plaintive guitar. *****
"She's My Best Friend" - highly agreeable rocker with several chord changes. Contains some pretty raunchy lyrics in the middle if you're paying attention. ****1/2
"Lisa Says" - Pure Velvet genius - heartbreaking, devestatingly fragile and so incredibly good. Some great, moving piano lines *****
"Ocean" - one of their most sophisticated songs and a testament to their majestic powers. They would go on to record the definitive master that ended up on PEEL SLOWLY AND SEE, but this is a pretty good version. Mo Tucker's straight-up drumming style, normally a powerful asset, becomes as detriment at the climax of this song, but this version is probably just a demo and in all likelihood she hadn't had time to work out the part properly. ****
"Foggy Notion" - an all-time favorite that really JAMS. This is the band at their peak. *****
"Temptation Inside YOur Heart" - an unremarkable, repetitive song with bongos and goofy voice-overs from the band that supposedly ended up on the master inadvertently when they were recording background vocals. Upon careful inspection, I'm convinced that they intentionally messed with the track in the same spirit of the experimental WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT sessions to compensate for a genuinely weak song.
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By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 19 2003
Format: Audio CD
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.
VU offers great listening but it's not up there with the Warhol album or White Light/White Heat. It sees the band in a more melodic phase, somewhat like the 3rd album and demonstrates Reed's evolving lyrical genius.
John Cale features on only two tracks, Stephanie Says and Temptation Inside Your Heart. For the rest, it's Lou, Maureen, Sterling and Doug. My favorites include the wistful Stephanie Says with its elegiac feel and lilting melody, the hypnotic Temptation Inside Your Heart, Andy's Chest and One Of These Days with its guitar cascades.
I'm Sticking With You has a certain poppy charm, whilst the bass-driven I Can't Stand It does capture some of the early raw energy and Ocean is a wonderful atmospheric ballad with beautiful vocals.
VU is an album for the fans. Those who wish to investigate this great band for the first time ought to start with the first or third albums.
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Format: Audio CD
First of all, this is not the "lost" Velvet Underground album. (I think the liner notes actually say that almost verbatim.) It is, as is stated right on the cover, a collection of previously unreleased recordings.
Let's face it. If you're reading this Amazon Customer Review, you are most likely already a fan of the Velvet Underground. And as such, will want to own this album regardless. You may even already have it and just want to see what other people say about it. (I myself just got finished reading the previous ten reviews.)
But let's just pretend you're seriously trying to decide whether or not to buy this album. (And if you are, good for you!) Is it any good? Certainly. Over half of it is, in fact, essential. "Stephanie Says" and "Lisa Says" and fantastic Lou Reed ballads every bit the equal of their sister "Candy" from the eponymous album. And "I'm Sticking With You" may be just about the cutest, catchiest, sweetest song ever written by anyone ever! Hell, I'd say that that song's 2 minutes and 26 seconds alone make the album worth the purchase. That's not to forget the sweeping, sprawling "Ocean" or the hilarious "Temptation Inside Your Heart" with Lou Reed playing off someone else talking to him in the studio even as he sings the verse without missing a beat. The only song on here that really doesn't do it for me is "I Can't Stand It." Not so much because it's a poorly written song, but because (and I Might Be Wrong about this) it sounds as though the bass and drums were tampered with when this was mixed in '84. I wouldn't even be surprised to find out that the bass and drums were re-recorded in the 80s-so much do they sound like 80s bass and drums. (Maybe the record label wanted a radio single from this album?
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