The Velvet Underground is the self-titled third studio album by American rock band the Velvet Underground. Released in March 1969, it was their first record with Doug Yule, who was a replacement for John Cale. Recorded in 1968 at TTG Studios in Hollywood, California, the album's sound-consisting largely of ballads and straightforward rock songs-marked a notable shift in style from the band's previous recordings.
A1 & A2 are listed here as The Shades on the album, actually they are The Jades. Reissued with black and white label. Also exists without catalog number. Matrix, Runout (Side A runout, etched): X2-A HP.
The Velvet Underground was the first album released on Verve’s parent company, MGM Records. After the mild success of White Light/White Heat, the band was promoted to MGM proper and signed a two-album contract with the label. TVU had a far mellower folk-rock sound than their previous albums, a direct result of Lou Reed’s desire to make the band sound more y. Unfortunately, this effort failed. These sessions would not be released until the mid-80s as archival albums VU and Another View. The record, like all the other Velvets albums, has since gained widespread critical praise, and has been a massive influence on the later indie rock and lo-fi scenes. Groups as varied as . and The Killers count it as an inspiration. The Velvet Underground Q&A.
Upon first release, the Velvet Underground's self-titled third album must have surprised their fans nearly as much as their first two albums shocked the few mainstream music fans who heard them. After testing the limits of how musically and thematically challenging rock could be on Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat, this 1969 release sounded spare, quiet, and contemplative, as if the previous albums documented some manic, speed-fueled party and this was the subdued morning after.
The Velvet Underground released their debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, on March 12th, 1967. The history of the band is bizarre, with Andy Warhol originally serving as the catalyst that propelled the band into the public eye and as a guiding force for the direction of the band, more-or-less viewing them as another of his art projects. Warhol brought on Nico, then a German pop singer, to round out The Velvet Underground, joining the already-established roster with John Cale, Lou Reed, Moe Tucker, and Sterling Morrison.
Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground Featuring Nico; Vinyl Album Rare original European 1st pressing, 1972 Features iconic gate-fold cover. Includes two records in excellent condition. Matte finish cover with normal fading due to age. Both the record jacket and records are in excellent condition. A superb pop art collectible which looks very cool framed. Related Categories Lou Reed.
The Velvet Underground were a creative force to be reckoned with, and perhaps is no truer than in the way in which the band came together: in 1965, John Cale, the aspiring avant-garde rock musician met the dreamer that took the form of Lou Reed, and began a band that would influence entire genres of music for decades to come. It’s an album that has the word ‘potential’ scribbled, burnt, etched, carved and written all over it in cursive, block and bold writing and simply fails to live up to it.
The Velvet Underground and Nico can be seen as being the antithesis of another classic album released the same year, Love's Forever Changes. The two albums contrast sharply-themes, location, production, and atmosphere. The Velvet Underground and Nico begins much like a fresh new day for a small child-peaceful and serene. It's a random catharsis of bedroom poetry. Its off-beat extreme nature gives the album an extra edge. The album winds down with "European So. While it starts out relatively straightforward, it soon takes a left turn. The Velvet Underground and Nico is an essential part of a vinyl collectors library, a truly seminal and unique proto-punk/noise rock album.