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|1. I Can't Stand It|
|2. Stephanie Says|
|3. She's My Best Friend|
|4. Lisa Says|
|6. Foggy Notion|
|7. Temptation Inside Your Heart|
|8. One Of These Days|
|9. Andy's Chest|
|10. I'm Sticking With You|
The 10 tracks of VU (most of which originally intended for the Velvet Underground's unreleased fourth MGM/Verve LP) were recorded between 1968 and 1969. Contains such classics as "I Can't Stand It," "Stephanie Says,", "She's My Best Friend," "Lisa Says" and "Ocean" among others.
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Anyway, this music, Lou Reed, it's brilliant, I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to and have sent I'm Sticking With You to various love interests, if they "got it" we were set,if not, it was a swift goodbye.
The music is seemingly simple, but tuneful and smart and raw-ish and Lou Reed-y, which means the man sings from his soul, or at least it sure sounds like it. His voice is amazing. I call this a classic and suggest you at least check it out.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Dec 3 2004 by EA Solinas
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 morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by TonyD
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by Peter Uys
First of all, this is not the "lost" Velvet Underground album. (I think the liner notes actually say that almost verbatim. Read morePublished on June 14 2003
(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 morePublished on Feb. 1 2003 by Blackberries
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 morePublished on Sept. 7 2002 by Hugues Orsetti
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 morePublished on July 31 2002
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 morePublished on July 14 2002 by Adam Noble