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|1. Candy Says|
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|6. Beginning To See The Light|
|7. I'm Set Free|
|8. That's The Story Of My Life|
|9. The Murder Mystery|
|10. After Hours|
Cale was out, Yule was in, but all that mattered was that Reed came up with some of the most stirring songs of his career on this 1969 LP. The rockers What Goes On and Beginning to See the Light join the beautiful Pale Blue Eyes; Jesus; I'm Set Free , and more essential VU!
Released in 1969 to an almost total lack of critical acclaim or consumer interest, the Velvet Underground's third album may well be the finest record of the band's career. Without the sonic terrorism of The Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat or the ill-conceived commercial concessions that marred Loaded, the album's songs are free to stand on their own merit. And stand they do: "What Goes On" and "Beginning to See the Light" may be the finest flat-out rockers in the band's catalogue, while "Pale Blue Eyes", "Jesus", and "Candy Says" are some of the most delicately gorgeous songs Lou Reed has ever penned. There's no evidence here of any of the psychedelic effects and hippie sloganeering that marked most late-1960s rock releases, which is probably why the record still holds up today. --Dan Epstein
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Having said that, this is still a very strong album. Many of the tracks here are calm and soothing and the harder rocking songs have much more restraint than on their previous releases. The opening track "Candy Says" is the band at their most mellow and Doug Yule's soft vocals add to the mood. Other softer tracks such as "Jesus", "I'm Set Free", and "That's The Story Of My Life" are also very strong. "Pale Blue Eyes" is probably the best track here and one of the best ballads that Reed has ever recorded. Listening to these tracks, particularly the excellent harmonizing on "Jesus" and Reed's emotional vocals on "I'm Set Free", it's hard to believe this is the same band that recorded "Heroin" and "White Light/White Heat." The tracks "What Goes On" and "Beginning To See The Light" are both strong rockers and the guitar sound here points to much of the music that dominated college radio in the 1980's.Read more ›
The exceptions are What Goes On with its shimmering guitars and Beginning To See The Light with its urgent rock riff and almost Stones-like flavour. Some Kinda Love is softer although there is still that unique driving sense of nervouness in the rhythm.
The gem of the album is Pale Blue Eyes, where Reed surpasses himself as a poet in the intimate, evocative images. This song also has one of the Velvets' most gripping melodies and the delivery is perfect. A gentle ballad with a wistful feel, Pale Blue Eyes must be one of the most beautiful songs of all time.
There are plenty of beautiful ballads like Jesus, I'm Set Free and That's The Story Of My Life. The Murder Mystery consists of spoken and sung parts over a brooding backing that becomes dissonant toward the end. This classic album concludes with the playful acoustic number Afterhours.
The disc offered here is the first mix, before Lou changed things, which presents the group as a standard rock band, with guitars and rhythm vying equally for attention with the singer. Sterling noted that this mix has the same dynamics as a good Rolling Stones' album. The music, of course, is beyond sublime. There may be no album ever recorded that has been so influential on subsequent music. This is the very blueprint for adult rock and roll.
Personally, I tend to favor Lou's mix. Just like Dylan, or maybe Leonard Cohen, these songs are truely poetic and deserve particular focus. And we heard this kind of arrangement before on White Heat/White Light with the Gift and Lady Godiva's Operation, with the instruments churning away in the background during those gruesome little stories. With far stronger material, this arrangement works brilliantly on the subsequent effort.
But either way, you can't go wrong here. This record ranks right up there with Revolver, Blonde on Blonde, Smile, and Axis: Bold as Love.
So far, I've bought the first three VU albums in chronological order, so Loaded is the last stop. Hopefully I won't be let down with that album; if not, it looks like I have a real winner on my hands.
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This is a great album. The first without John Cale and the first with Doug Yule. This album is a complete departure from the first two record. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephen Bieth
John Cale is sorely missed. This easy listening album is only bolstered by decent live material and their greatest song, a live "Sister Ray" which is great but lacks Cale's... Read morePublished 19 months ago by James R. Parrett
sorry no time for a crazy detailed review ….. there are some great ones for this set (super deluxe 6cds n book) on amazon. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul Shikata
got this for my boyfriend for our anniversary :) he loves it. very cool coloured recordPublished 20 months ago by Olivia
This album represents the morning after the party, contrary the VU's first two album which rock a little harder. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ty
That could've been the title of their third album. With John Cale and his viola gone, the Velvets trade their electric guitars for acoustic and commit a beautiful suite of songs... Read morePublished on April 13 2007 by Allan Tong
After the unfortunate departure of John Cale, the Velvet Underground had a musical revamp -- their third album, "The Velvet Underground" is smoother and less gritty. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2005 by EA Solinas
Velvet Underground (1969.) Velvet Underground's third album.
The Velvet Underground released their first album in the mid-late sixties, and disbanded in the early seventies. Read more
Seroiously. Sit down in your room and listen. The Rolling Stones and the Beatles got NOTHING after the Velvets made this masterpiece of pop & rock & roll. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Machine Gun Etiquette