And no, we are NOT talking about “The Velvet Underground and Nico”.
By Fred Mills
Originally released as part of MGM’s “Golden Archive Series,” the 1970 album simply referred to as Velvet Underground was a compilation of tracks plucked from the first three VU studio albums. Long out of print and a periodic drool-from-the-corner-of-the-mouth artifact among collectors, it’s set for a reissue on both CD and 180-gm vinyl Jan. 21 by Sundazed. The label describes it, quite colorfully and even more accurately, as “a terrific sin-and-salvation selection – just the kind of thing to take along to a desert island or to the end of the world. It’s essentially their earliest greatest hits collection, and the perfect encapsulation of their Verve/MGM run.”
It’s been remastered from the original master tapes, with new liner notes penned by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke. Sundazed, incidentally, is definitely no stranger to the VU catalog, most recently having done the huge 5LP deluxe box The Verve/MGM Albums.
White Light White Heat
Beginning To See The Light
I’m Set Free
Here She Comes Now