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Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes [3 Cd Box Set] Box set, Original recording remastered, Best of

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  • Audio CD (March 17 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Polydor - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00005Q567
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. I'm Waiting For The Man
2. It's Just Too Much
3. What Goes On
4. I Can't Stand It
5. Some Kinda Love
6. Foggy Notion
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Follow The Leader
2. White Light/White Heat
3. Venus In Furs
4. Heroin
5. Sister Ray
Disc: 3
1. Rock And Roll
2. New Age
3. Over You
4. Black Angel's Death Song
5. I'm Waiting For The Man
6. Ride Into The Sun
See all 7 tracks on this disc

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Close to four hours of vintage Velvets taped in 1969 by future Void-oid (and Lou Reed) guitarist Robert Quine! Quine used to follow the band around and tape their shows for them on cassette; he then transferred the best of their performances to reel-to-reel tape, and it is those performances-all but one unreleased-that comprise this bargain-priced 3-CD set. Some intriguing titles here, including a 17-minute tune called Follow the Leader , an 11-minute Ride into the Sun and 38- and 24-minute versions of Sister Ray . Quite a find!

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Despite the black market vibe of the title (Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes), these grainy but historically significant live Velvet Underground recordings--taken from poorly attended shows in San Francisco during November 1969 (the post-John Cale and pre-Loaded era)--have never been made available before, illegally or otherwise. Furthermore--and unlike most other bootleggers--avid young fan and tape recorder operative Robert Quine (an apprentice disciple of Lou Reed's savage guitar style and a future founding member of punk combo Richard Hell and the Voidoids) didn't have to suffer the personal indignity of standing furtively at the back of the hall with a microphone stuffed down his trousers. Quine's recordings--initially made on cassette tape but later (and rather fortuitously) transferred to the more durable reel-to-reel format--were made with the band's blessing and enthusiasm but have remained hidden away ever since. Consisting of three CDs, the Bootleg Series Volume 1 set is further forensic proof, if needed, that the Velvet's seedy, dissonant, lurid, violent, anarchic pop was well out-of-step with the times but has remained decidedly in-step ever since. Specifically, these shows capture (courtesy of the mute audience philistinism) some kind of culture-clash between the West Coast's "flower in your hair" optimism and the Velvets' "spike into my vein" subterranean nihilism. With sheer bloody-mindedness, the Velvets' treat their audience to 38 soundboard-splintering, pornographic minutes of "Sister Ray", as well as kooky School Concert takes on "After Hours" and "I'm Sticking with You" and a "Venus in Furs" which--in the absence of John Cale's whiplash viola glissandos--creeps and crawls with Doug Yule's spooked Doors' organ. As Jonathan Richman once enquired, "How did they make that sound, Velvet Underground?". Dunno. But they did. And things have never been the same since. --Kevin Maidment

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The real tragedy of this set is the lack of modern recording technology and the sound of only a few hands clapping. But this set, compiled by VU junkie Robert Quine, who later helped Lou Reed re-coupe some much needed passion in the early 80's (check out his and Reed's guitar playing on The Blue Mask), is a remarkable testament to the power of the Velvet Underground. Aside from the bootleg quality of the sound at times, my only complaint is the lack of John Cale - these recordings are from '69, after his departure - but this set should be mandatory listening for anyone doubting the influence of the VU on subsequent "alt" artists from the 70's, 80's and 90's. No less than 3 versions of "Sister Ray" are presented here, each unique enough to warrant release. Quiet renditions of "Waiting for the Man" somehow seem more haunting than the more revved up versions we're all used to. Gems like "What Goes On", "Rock and Roll" and "Foggy Notion" are all the more astounding when one realizes that this grossly underrated band in their time is playing their hearts out for a handful of people. Truly, the VU must have realized their own power, and must have simply loved to play, to muster the passion to play to such indifferent crowds. A wonderful historical document and fine tribute to (my own opinion) the greatest rock band ever.
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Velvet Underground fans will be in hog heaven with this 3 disc set. Each disc is over 70 minutes long, each concludes with a marathon version of "Sister Ray."
If you've heard the long available "Live 1969" Vols 1 and 2, you have an idea what kind of audio quality to expect. These are not soundboard recordings. The Velvets were an obscure band and we're lucky there were fans like Robert Quine with the presence of mind to record them at clubs.
This is certainly NOT the way to become acquainted with the band if you are new to them. Get all their studio albums (they only released four) first. But if you're already a fan and are contemplating whether to spring for this set, fear not.
Highlights for me: Maureen doing back-to-back renditions of her showcase songs, "Afterhours" and "I'm sticking with You"... A previously unheard song, "Follow the Leader"... A terrific 11 minute rendition of "Ride into the Sun" that may be the definitive version... A smoking take on "White Light"... Of course, the aforementioned marathon takes of "Sister Ray" (one lasts 38 minutes!)...
But I'll stop rambling... Suffice it to say, this is great music from a band that sounded like no other. This is the first in a proposed 3 volume set, so BUY IT-- I would hate to see the rest of the series cancelled due to poor sales!
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These newly released recordings -- made in 1969 by fan and future guitar virtuoso Robert Quine -- expand on the terrain mapped out on the awesome 1974 release "1969 Live." The sound quality on these recordings are not as good, but, as with "1969 Live," "The Bootleg Series Vol. 1" shows some interesting rearrangements of songs that were originally recorded featuring either Nico on vocals ("Femme Fatale") or John Cale on viola ("Venus in Furs," "Heroin" and "Black Angel's Death Song"). The obvious highlights are the three extended (if a 17 minute song can be extended!) versions of "Sister Ray." My favorite is the version on disc one, while the medley of "Sister Ray" with "Foggy Notion" on the third disc somehow seems very faithful to the studio version on "White Light/White Heat." The versions on disc one and two sound like two completely different songs. The previously unreleased cut "Follow the Leader" is also a very good addition to the officially released VU song catalog. Also, some of the performances sound very similar in arrangement to those on "1969 Live," so fans of that record might find some of these cuts redundant (particularly "I Can't Stand It," -- from the CD version of "1969 Live"-- "Rock and Roll," -- which is recorded from the same performance as the one on "1969 Live" -- "White Light/White Heat," "Heroin," "New Age" and "Over You"). But overall, I think these discs are great for all VU fans, but might not be as compelling as an introduction to first-time listeners of the Velvet Underground. For an adequate introduction, try any of their four official studio albums, and work your way from there.
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Interesting. The Velvet Underground helped inspire all the great punk bands who wanted to get back to basics and eschew solos. Except, as evidenced on this great new live set, the Velvets were a live act akin to the Dead and Jefferson Airplane. Which is a good thing. Creepy songs are even more sinister with the intense guitar interplay between Lou Reed and the late, underrated Sterling Morrison. Reed plays in the vein of Neil Young, just this screaming attack of cacaphony, whereas Morrison is from the Steve Cropper school of soulful fingerpicking. There's 3 versions of "Sister Ray", the longest stretching to 40 minutes. Don't worry, it's not pointless noodling. In fact, for a band that focused more on lyrics and ambience, most of these songs really rock. The only flaw is that since this is a bootleg, the quality isn't so great. However, the flawed sound only adds to that unique Velvet atmosphere. In particular, "Venus In Furs." So if you enjoy rocking out, good poetry, and phantasmagoric songs that can border on beautiful, pick this up. It's the perfect recording for this time of year. Although from the sound and look of them, every day was Halloween. And thanks to Robert Quine for sharing this with everyone. Can't wait for the other voulmes.
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