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Vu [Best of]

Velvet Underground Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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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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VELVET UNDERGROUND VU (1989 German 10-track CD album featuring a collection of previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1968 & 1969 picture sleeve)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Lost" material includes some of their best April 21 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars One from the vaults Oct. 19 2003
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars That fine, fine music June 14 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Because you can't live on bananas alone May 9 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legendary 'Lost' Album Is Worth Having
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 more
Published 23 months ago by brotagonist
4.0 out of 5 stars Point of VU
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 more
Published on Dec 3 2004 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars A Small Point
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 more
Published on Nov. 10 2003 by Jurgen1919
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures a Great Moment In Time (for me anyways . . .)
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. Read more
Published on March 10 2003 by Kelly K. Coyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Average CD From a Great Band
(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 more
Published on Feb. 1 2003 by Blackberries
5.0 out of 5 stars The rock band of your dreams
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"). Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2002 by Hugues Orsetti
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
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 more
Published on July 31 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This doesn't sound like Martha and the Vandellas...
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... Read more
Published on July 14 2002 by Adam Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, in velvets top 3.
not really an album, but might as well be. these songs could have saved Loaded, but were greedy and made their own precious album. Read more
Published on June 4 2002 by psoiral
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