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5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU ARE A REAL VU FAN YOU WILL LOVE THIS .....
These recordings are simply incredible and I would say essential for anyone who considers themselves rabid VU fans. I've seen other reviews whining about lo-fi bootleg quality blah blah blah and I would contend that these "reviewers" are nothing but VU dabblers and dilettantes whose opinions mean nothing.Yes, they are live recordings, but if you've got a...
Published on May 11 2004 by Colin Jones

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3.0 out of 5 stars In case you don't know who Robert Quine is.....
I've not had the chance to listen to this yet, so pay no attention to my rating (it had to be done to get this out on the site) but to give you guys some context about the other reviews on this page: Robert Quine is/was a punk rock guitar pioneer, founding member (w/Fred Maher) of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, an avowed huge fan of Lou Reed's guitar work, and ultimately,...
Published on March 28 2004 by Paul W. Cockerham


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4.0 out of 5 stars A box set worth having, June 19 2004
This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
These are three live concerts recorded by uber fan Robert Quine at a few of the Velvet's concerts. The fact that these still exist despite the sound quality ( which isn't that bad really ) is remarkable and is probably one of those records that just has to be bought
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, June 17 2004
This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
Given that these tapes are still here is something of a miracle - the sound is reasonable. I wasn't expecting perfect quality but it's close enough ( and given these are 30 years old that's pretty good going ).
I don't need to say anymore about this - I'll let the rest do the talking
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5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU ARE A REAL VU FAN YOU WILL LOVE THIS ....., May 11 2004
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Colin Jones (Round Rock, Texas) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
These recordings are simply incredible and I would say essential for anyone who considers themselves rabid VU fans. I've seen other reviews whining about lo-fi bootleg quality blah blah blah and I would contend that these "reviewers" are nothing but VU dabblers and dilettantes whose opinions mean nothing.Yes, they are live recordings, but if you've got a semi-decent stereo and play'em loud it'll blow the top of your head off. The different versions of Vu classics presented here will give you a whole new perspective on how really stupendous this line-up was. If you don't like it you're not a fan and I'll fistfight you damn it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In case you don't know who Robert Quine is....., March 28 2004
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Paul W. Cockerham (Copake Falls, New York United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
I've not had the chance to listen to this yet, so pay no attention to my rating (it had to be done to get this out on the site) but to give you guys some context about the other reviews on this page: Robert Quine is/was a punk rock guitar pioneer, founding member (w/Fred Maher) of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, an avowed huge fan of Lou Reed's guitar work, and ultimately, a featured guitarist for Reed. Quine, who believe it or not is now 61 years of age, champions a beautifully distorted sound out of his instrument and is probably best known (along with Richard Lloyd) for his labors on Matthew Sweet's breakthrough work in the early '90s. In other words, Quine is not just any other Lou Reed fan....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transports you back in time, Oct. 30 2003
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Michael K Bassett (Scottsdale, Arizona United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
This is as raw and real as it can get. Quite possibly the most versatile band of all time. This is absolutely wonderful and only someone like Lou Reed would have the balls to allow something of this sound quality to be released because he knows that the soul rips right through the sound quality and overpowers it on every single track. This is like the sound quality of the garage bands that you grew up with when you were young who would tape their sessions, only this one is from one of the greatest, if not the greatest band of all time. This is a must to own and anyone complaining about the sound quality would do well to insert a q-tip in both ears and violently shove in and out. In and out, try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars glorious, glorious, and oh nice indeed too, Sept. 16 2003
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This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
I was pretty hesitant about grabbing this: Doug Yule all the way through (ick! Mark me as a Cale-ist please) and 1969 mostly... but PHEW!
3 Sister Rays will do wonders for your sinus problems. The ultimate cleaning the house music - "Follow the Leader" sinks in nicely. The 3rd discs's improvised whistle-laden take of "Waiting" is downright narcotic.
Perfect driving around on a sunny day music, grinning after getting dumped by your girlfriend. "... and it was allllllllrrrrrigggghtttttttttt."
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3.0 out of 5 stars These are called bootlegs for a reason., June 8 2003
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Robert Cossaboon "devil doll" (The happy land of Walworth, NY) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
And that reason is that the recording quality usually stinks atrociously-the Quine Tapes of the Velvet Underground concerts just before the release of Loaded are no exception. The technology is out there to clean messes like this up (listen to King Crimson's Epitaph box set and prepare for an epiphany in digital transfer and cleanup), so the real tragedy is the missed opportunity to get the message out that the Velvet Underground was, bar none, the most original American band of their time. Still, for the fan, this 3 disc set will be a sweet deal. Included are not one, not two, but THREE savage versions of Sister Ray-or Sister Rave-up . . . you'll get the drift once you listen. You will also be treated to a pre-Loaded version of Rock and Roll, sans killer guitar solo; the same can be said of What Goes On, longer but inferior to the studio version and the live version on the five disc boxed-set. Other stand-outs, however are Foggy Notion, which just sizzles on disc one, and the one-two attack of Follow the Leader and White Light White Heat on disc two-these two songs together run over 27 minutes, still not as long as the Sister Ray version that closes the disc!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does rock'n'roll get any purer than this?, Nov. 14 2002
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mjkvol "mjkvol" (Lanoka Harbor, NJ United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
I don't think it's a stretch to say that with better sound we would be talking about one of the great live albums ever, if not the greatest. The Quine Tapes captures an awesome band at their peak (notwithstanding the absence of John Cale) on three discs worth of classic material, recorded by an avid fan (Quine) on a hand-held cassette recorder!!
The more you listen, the less the sound seems to matter. Several tunes are given definitive performances here, including a raucous 10-minute "White Light/White Heat", versions of "New Age", and "Ride Into the Sun" that conclude with long, intense solos, and a 38-minute(!) reading of "Sister Ray".
I resent some of the comments I've read here comparing this set to bands like the Dead or the Allmans. THAT is endless, boring noodling. THIS is the purest essence of what rock'n'roll is supposed to be!
If you're new to the band, it's still a good idea to start with the four studio albums. But if you're a fan, this is an absolute must-own. While it would be wonderful to have these recordings with perfect sound, we should consider ourselves fortunate that Robert Quine had the foresight to preserve these tapes, and thankful to him for sharing them with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT for your average audiophile, Nov. 13 2002
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"richlatta" ("The War Zone" ABQ, NM) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
but for everyone who loves the Velvet Underground, this is an absolute revelation. We hear classic V.U. songs performed in ways never heard before. We understand that the band could play them differently every night, that they in fact were accomplished improvisors. The "Sister Ray" songs are great, one lasting 38 minutes! Sometimes "Sister Ray" is pretty laid back, but she can sure rage. Anyone from the casual to the rabid fan who can handle the extremely crude sound quality will want to get a hold of this and explore rock n' roll history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars O, How i wish I could have been there....., Nov. 5 2002
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Jeff Beal (Schaumburg, IL United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] (Audio CD)
The Quine tapes are not very listenable....there more of an artifact. Doug Quine was lucky enough to capture some of the Velvets' shows at very small clubs in San Fransisco, and thirty-some years later we have the results. The sound is very poor....the selections, however are terrific......I especially apreciated hearing stripped-down versions of "Sunday Morning", "What Goes On", and "I Can't Stand It". Also, the three versions of Sister Ray are brilliant.....a perfect climax to every disc. Maureen Tucker sings her 2 signature songs ("I'm Sticking With You" and "Afterhours") as cute as a button.....hearing this is so bittersweet......it makes me wish I could have seen them in their prime.
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