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Vu Best of

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  • Audio CD (May 1 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000008LZA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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This 'lost' album really seems to divide lovers of the Velvets (which includes ALL sensible people, doesn't it?). I'm firmly in the camp that consider it one of their favourites while not really knowing why. In 1985, when it was finally released, I was 17 and all I owned by this band was a vinyl double album compilation. I bought this and was totally blown away.
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.
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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. I had been listening to Guns n'Roses (in the closet), Frank Sinatra's older stuff, Echo and the Bunnymen, Elvis Costello, and a bunch of other crap that I can't recall . . . and I had a most beloved copy of Abbey Hoffman's "Steal This Book", which an acrid house guest from San Francisco "lifted", in between dropping acid with my roommate and eating everything in our fridge. I know, it all sounds charming, but what does this have to do with VU? Well, nothing, really, except to say that this music invokes such memories and all of those moments, lost in the back of my head, behind the shopping lists, the girl scout meetings, the routine, when you are a certian age and have no routine. Oh I'm not longing to go back, just remembering with a bit of fondness . . .
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.
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