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Velvet Underground Audio CD
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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 The Legendary 'Lost' Album Is Worth Having Oct. 6 2012
By Peter Gueckel TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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, Loaded(Fully Loaded ed), in maturity. Of the material released after the band's demise, this should be considered a VU album and not a collection of extras. Worth having.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Point of VU 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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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 A Small Point Nov. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. (On it the Velvets rock'n'roll like the Stones, jam like the Dead, groove like the Groovies, and tell a story like no one else.) Moreover, as far I know, the version on this album is the only one with the opening six guitar notes that originally introduced the song and which have been edited out of other versions. For that reason alone, the album's a must buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One from the vaults 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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4.0 out of 5 stars That fine, fine music
First of all, this is not the "lost" Velvet Underground album. (I think the liner notes actually say that almost verbatim. Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by "mustwerock"
5.0 out of 5 stars Because you can't live on bananas alone
This 'lost' album really seems to divide lovers of the Velvets (which includes ALL sensible people, doesn't it?). Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by Phil Moores
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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