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    Main » 2010 » May » 1 » the Velvet Underground - 1974 - Live with Lou Reed 1969
    the Velvet Underground - 1974 - Live with Lou Reed 1969

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    Velvet Underground were New York's answer to the California rock renaissance. Their main inspiration came from Lou Reed and John Cale. Reed, born on 12 March 1943 in Freeport, Long Island, New York was an accountant's son, the eldest of two children from a middle class Jewish family. He had dropped out of Syracuse University to write songs. Cale had been born on 5 December 1940 in Crynant, South Wales. He'd studied contemporary music in London prior to winning a scholarship to New York's Eastman Conservatory. The remaining members were Maureen Tucker. who'd been born in New Jersey in 1945; Nico, who entered the world in Cologne, Germany in 1938 (her parents were Polish and later died in a Nazi death camp); and Sterling Morrison, who was born in the same year as Reed in New York and later attended high school with him. Reed and Cale first met each other in New York in 1964, but Cale did not play with Reed until the latter had gone on to assemble his own bands, The Warlocks and later The Primitives, which included Morrison and Tucker. Reed and Cale, also wrote a 45 for The All Night Workers.

    When Cale joined in 1966, they changed their name to The Velvet Underground and played in various clubs around Greenwich Village. They soon came to the attention of Andy Warhol, who added the beautiful German model and actress, Nico, to their line-up and featured them in his Exploding Plastic Inevitable Media Show, which was a multi-media psychedelic show, staged in New York in 1966.

    The debut album, produced by Andy Warhol, was one of the most innovative and influential in the history of rock. The songs largely concentrated on the decadence of American City life, thereby countering the peace and love trip emanating from America's West Coast. I'm Waiting For The Man and Heroin dealt with the rising phenomena of heroin addiction, while Venus In Furs explored the dark world of sado-masochism. Nico's sexy but death-like voice was a big plus on tracks like Sunday Moming, Femme Fatale and I'll Be Your Mirror. The music on this album was effectively an assault on the listener's senses - comprised of throbbing, often discordant rhythms, riddled with electronic feed-back. Most of it was written by Reed, although Nico's vocals were also important to its appeal. Commercially, however, it was a non-starter as the subject-matter of many of its tracks prevented any radio airplay and it also spawned no hit singles. It peaked atjust No. 171 in the National Album Charts and Reed and Cale were both upset by the indifferent reception it received, feeling it to be rather special.

    Nico left the band at this stage to pursue a solo career, and Warhol began to loose interest, withdrawing his financial support. Nico's departure inevitably affected their musical policy and their second album, White Light/White Heat which, lacking the gentle songs written for her on the first LP, was aggressively harsh. It contained two stand-out tracks, Sister Ray, a 17 minute story about a group of sailors who are interrupted by the police while visiting a drag queen, and The Gift based on a short story Reed had composed. In both songs, the lyrics were augmented by a storm of unorthodox electronic music. Commercially, the album represented another failure peaking at only No. 199 in the Album Charts and Cale quit the band to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by Doug Yule (bs, gtr, keyb'ds). From hereon, Reed became the dominant figure in the band.

    The third album, The Velvet Underground, again represented a change in musical direction being composed of softer, more harmonious songs. The album was based around a girl's search for significance through nihilism (Candy Says), religion (Jesus), adultery (Pale Blue Eyes) and ended with a jovial song about loneliness (After Hours). However, the band's repeated changes in style had left their audience way behind and this album failed to make a popular impact. Mid-1969 saw them without a record contract, but in 1970 they recorded Loaded, generally regarded as a dynamic rock'n'roll album. Unfortunately, Reed quit a month before its release, when the band, benefiting from a renewed wave of public interest, appeared on the brink of achieving commercial success. The album contained at least three further classics Sweet Jane, the story of a resilient city girl, Sweet Nothing, an account of city kids able to live on next to nothing and Rock and Roll. The remaining members attempted to keep the band going with new recruits, but quit after the inevitably disappointing Squeeze was released in 1970. Posthumously two live albums were released, the poorly recorded Live At Max's Kansas City and 1969, a recording of gigs in Texas and San Francisco that year.

    VU, which appeared in February 1985 was their previously unissued fourth Verve/MGM album, the missing masters for which were recently unearthed in the States. 9 of the 10 tracks from circa 1968-69 were previously unreleased. It became their most successfull album commercially, climbing to No. 87 in the U.S. Album Charts.

    Cale and Reed later achieved the popular success that eluded them with The Velvets, through a series of solo albums. Nico, who had appeared in Warhol's movie 'Chelsea Girls' prior to joining Velvet Underground, also released three solo albums (Chelsea Girl, The Marble Index and Desertshore) with assistance from Cale before emigrating to Paris in 1971.

    In retrospect, The Velvets' first album, with its harsh loud music and its lyrical obsession with decadence, was probably the most significant album of this era in that it previewed the aggressive punk sounds to emerge in the late seventies.

    Guitarist Sterling Morrison died at the age of 53 on August 30th, 1995.

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    "Waiting for My Man" – 7:03
    "Lisa Says" – 5:52
    "What Goes On" – 8:55
    "Sweet Jane" – 4:00
    "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" – 3:15
    "Femme Fatale" – 3:04
    "New Age" – 6:36
    "Rock and Roll" – 6:06
    "Beginning to See the Light" – 5:30
    "Heroin" – 8:14

    "Ocean" – 10:55
    "Pale Blue Eyes" – 5:51
    "Heroin" – 9:49
    "Some Kinda Love" – 4:48
    "Over You" – 2:17
    Medley: "Sweet Bonnie Brown"/"It's Just Too Much" – 7:55
    "White Light/White Heat" – 8:35
    "I Can't Stand It" – 7:51
    "I'll Be Your Mirror" – 2:21

    Sterling Morrison – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals
    Lou Reed – Vocals, rhythm guitar
    Maureen Tucker – percussion
    Doug Yule – bass guitar, organ, backing vocals, lead vocal on "I'll Be Your Mirror"

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